This is not news to any of us at Beyond Meds, but there is a damning article in the New York Times morning edition about how longterm Ritalin use does not result in general, in improved school performance down the road. The author states, Attention-deficit drugs increase concentration in the short term, which is why they work so well for college students cramming for exams. But when given to children over long periods of time, they neither improve school achievement nor reduce behavior problems. The drugs can also have serious side effects, including stunting growth.
Alison has now been diagnosed with a brain aneurysm. All of the "psychiatric symptoms" she has been suffering are actually symptoms of this aneurysm. If an aneurysm bursts, it will cause a stroke. And all of the psychiatric drugs being given to Alison at Western State increase the risk of stroke.
This is an hour long interview with Robert Whitaker which serves as a good summary of Anatomy of an Epidemic, in case you haven't read it. Listen here: One point among many is that biological psychiatry is a really impoverished and reductionist view of the human spirit. Let's stop controlling people we've pathologized and support a... Continue Reading →
This is an upate to let you all know that Alison Hymes was NOT sent to a long-term facility this morning. Our efforts were successful. I think this proves that when we all band together, we can fight the oppressive forces of psychiatry. Alison had very little family support, but she had the love and... Continue Reading →
This entry is a guest-post by Jacks McNamara. Jacks is a graphic artist, gardener, and spoken word poet, who lives in Oakland, CA. As a sidenote, They identify as gender-queer, so their pronoun of choice "they/them/their" will be used throughout the post. They are subject of Ken Paul Rosenthal’s film, Crooked Beauty, which Gianna has posted... Continue Reading →
Whether or not you believe we are still helping the people of Iraq or Afghanistan, we cannot afford to ignore the emotions that wrack the breasts of the little ones whose fathers or mothers fly off to war.