By Steven Morgan - Tonight will be a Haldol night. The newly minted nurse will say, This is going to make you feel better, and I will duly reply, Ok, anything. She will tell me to lean forward over the table and pull up my gown. I will feel cold air crawl like fingers around my torso. She will tell me it’s going to feel like a prick, but only for a moment. I will feel the skin on my ass cinch around the needle. The tranquilizer will swim out the chute in a billowing yellow cloud. She will announce, Good job, jerking back. ....
I'm very excited to announce the launch of a survey with Maastricht University on antipsychotic medication withdrawal. I'm working with Dr. Jim van Os, Dr. John Read, and Dr. Sandra Escher on this international survey, just released in English with translations to additional languages coming soon. - Will Hall
by Ron Unger This sounds like a weird question – everyone knows that psychosis is often very disabling, and antipsychotic drugs are widely recognized for their effects in reducing psychosis in at least most people, and most often taking effect in just a few days. And when people become psychotic again, it’s often understood that it’s because they “weren’t taking their meds.” But what if it’s trickier than that? What if “antipsychotic” drugs make things better in the short term, but make long term problems worse? How would we even know? … [click on title to read and view more]
I like to remind people that "antipsychotics" are really misnamed. They are a class of drugs called neuroleptics and quite often do not do anything at all to mitigate psychosis. They are major tranquilizers and neurotoxic drugs that harm and use should be minimized as much as possible. Brain shrinkage or not, it's clear that psych drugs, in general, can negatively impact the brain in numerous ways. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
The conversation has begun! Kathy Brandt, a former President of NAMI, write of her experience listening to Robert Whitaker at the NAMI convention. YES!! NAMI had Robert Whitaker speak at the convention. This is very very good news....It's clear that it's a very scary process for many people who are first encountering the power of his research. Those of us who have been living the truth of his research for so many years have a hard time understanding what it's like to encounter such truths for the first time. Some of us who've found much more wholesome ways to heal were able to avoid the harm psychiatry causes so many completely and don't really know what it's like to have gone down the road of taking drugs that harm. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
If your doctor isn't aware of how misleading all of pharma is you shouldn't go to that doctor. Period. If they make excuses or say that it's at all exaggerated in the media, you shouldn't trust that doctor. If your doctor doesn't believe you when you tell them about an adverse-effect, or if they minimize it's harm, you shouldn't trust that doctor. Seriously, when we're dealing with pharmaceuticals it's often life and death...and that is no exaggeration.
Matthew Aldridge, a psychiatric nurse at London's Lambeth Hospital, just published a new article in the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, "Addressing non-adherence to antipsychotic medication: a harm-reduction approach." This is an extraordinarily well researched clinical discussion of professional medication practice that draws a lot from the Harm Reduction Guide To Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs that I wrote with The Icarus Project and Freedom Center.
"There are some human experiences that others can’t really understand. I learned a bit about that half a life ago when I developed a painful back problem that never got better, even with surgery. I learned to not talk about it, because even well-meaning responses were alienating. People would recount their own back stories [but they got better]. It helped me out to understand that they had nothing in their own catalog of experiences that fit mine. They couldn’t understand."