I did emphasize the fact that all psych meds have withdrawal issues. Unfortunately this article, like most that hit the mainstream don't do much to acknowledge that reality. Still, it's always good to see coverage of this sort out there. Laura Delano and Kelly Brogan are also quoted. Yay, us. We've all been at this for a long time and it's good to see our work being recognized.
There are quite a few relatively mainstream doctors now talking about the harms of benzodiazepines and anti-depressants on social media. As usual other psychiatric drugs (neuroleptics, anti-convulsants, -- called anti-psychotics and mood stabilizers, etc) are given short shrift. This is about informed consent. If people don't know about the very serious potential risks involved in... Continue Reading →
A story of iatrogenic injury caused by SSRIs and other psych meds presented at TEDMED. It's important that these stories be told at these mainstream venues. Spread this one around your networks. There will be people who will recognize themselves and perhaps also find the courage to escape this sort of situation that happens to 1000s everyday all over the country and the world. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Discovering this histamine link was a very critical part of my healing journey and it ushered in a time of more rapid improvements once I started tending to it. Here Dr. David Healy supports what some of us have found in his antidepressant withdrawal guide. (it should be noted that this information is relevant to folks who have taken other psych meds as well as most of them impact histamine) … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Peter Gøtzsche responds to David Nutt et al in The Lancet Psychiatry (journal). This is an important conversation that's happening in a public forum in the UK....I'm also sharing a video with Peter Gøtzsche below that I've shared before. He's doing critically important work and making lots of people very uncomfortable. Those of us who've been gravely harmed are very appreciative that he's speaking the truth where it most needs to be shared right now. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
To refer to SSRIs as no better than placebo is misleading because while it's technically true in clinical trials -- they are also very different than placebos...they are NOT inert...they are very active and they make EVERYONE feel differently. People who are very depressed like to feel differently. Different can sometimes feel better even if only for a while. Sometimes different feels much better and sometimes different feels really bad and even dangerous (think homicidal and suicidal--SSRIs are associated with both). They are not inert and they will act in all manner of ways in different people. And, then of course, yeah, they also cause iatrogenic damage...often severe... … [click on title to read more]
Wow, some researchers have finally spent some time on our withdrawal boards and report back with ALARM. We try to get people to look at these boards all the time and it's pretty clear most people are unimpressed enough to generally think we are simply being hyperbolic in our descriptions about how many people are gravely suffering. Sadly this often includes people critical of psychiatry. Those of us suffering from severe withdrawal syndromes … [click on title to read the rest]
Antidepressant medication is the most commonly prescribed treatment for people with depression. They are also commonly prescribed for other conditions, including bipolar depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, chronic pain syndromes, substance abuse and anxiety and eating disorders. According to a 2011 report released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one out of every ten people (11%) over the age of 12 in the US is on antidepressant medications. Between 2005 and 2008, antidepressants were the third most common type of prescription drug taken by people of all ages, and they were the most frequently used medication by people between the ages of 18 and 44. In other words, millions of people are prescribed antidepressants and are affected by them each year.
Again Science Daily reports on the fact that psychotropic drugs impede people's capacity to drive safely. The classes of drugs being talked about here are SSRI and SNRI antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and the z-drugs like Ambien and Lunesta. I know from having taken them that antipsychotics too are egregiously guilty for making people NOT ALERT. I don't think... Continue Reading →
A recent study on antidepressants has shown that the drugs have some serious side effects: those taking certain prescriptions could lose their sex drive. It sounds like the whole nation's sexuality is under a threat as, according to the statistics, one in ten Americans takes antidepressants. And it's not only libido people are losing -... Continue Reading →