Dr. Joanna Moncrieff, psychiatrist and senior lecturer, University College London on video. — Also more collected info. We to be aware of the risk so that every reasonable precaution can be made to avoid potentially serious issues. In the interest of informed consent we need to know what the risks are. Many psychiatrists are not telling people about these risks.
Part of informed consent is telling patients they might not ever be able to come off psych drugs without getting seriously ill. If you’re the MD handling a withdrawal it’s important that your patients know at the outset how gravely serious withdrawal syndromes can be. (and first the doctor has to understand this as well) [click on title to read more]
***This page is regularly updated: Below the initial commentary is a collection of links with lots of information to better inform the reader on psychiatric drug withdrawal. Educating oneself and preparing for a safer taper goes a long way in mitigating the risk of serious protracted withdrawal issues. — *feel free to share via social media. You are also free to copy and paste and republish as widely as you’d like. — ***Not everyone is subject protracted or even significant withdrawal issues*** That said everyone needs to be aware of the risk so that every reasonable precaution can be made to avoid potentially serious issues. In the interest of informed consent we need to know what the risks are. Many psychiatrists are not telling people about these risks. What is worse is that psychiatrists don’t even understand the risks or recognize what they’re actually witnessing when they start happening. This level of ignorance is a criminal reality at the moment.. … [click on title to read the rest]
Black people have it worse than white people do in the system…this is not a deflection from #BlackLivesMatter. Most mental health professionals are in denial and go along with the violence. We must be aware of these embedded patriarchal systems if we hope to protect the most vulnerable in our society. …
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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 →
The catch – 22 I thought about the other day: The mental health system tells clients/patients/consumers that they need better boundaries while expecting them to ignore their boundaries.
Woah, everyone who has never seen the cops (or mental illness professionals) out of control for no good reason whatsoever should watch this. Yeah, this is like what happens to us when they don’t understand our altered states as well…things just start happening and it’s all out of your control. Next thing you know you’re in four point restraints and they’re shooting you up with drugs to shut you up and disable you. Literally. People have no idea unless it’s happened to them. It’s ugly, it’s violent, it’s traumatic. (video included)
UPDATE from Geraldine: I want to update everyone on the final support we got on HD4554 a bill regarding benzodiazepines here in Massachusetts. We received 36 co-sponsors from both the House and the Senate, Republicans and Democrats to the proposed bill; a very impressive number. From here this will now receive an official bill number and then be assigned to a committee. We are hoping to testify in front of the committee before this legislation ends in July. What we need to happen when we testify is for the bill to pass at that point. That still doesn’t make it law if it passes. Once we are at this step, I will update again where it goes from there and how it becomes law.
In a nutshell the updates: The point is not to compete but to make clear that all our voices matter whether we find ourselves using psych drugs or not. Being pragmatic and recognizing that the context of every life is unique is the most important thing. Diversity is real. It’s about learning to understand that we can have what seem to be contradictory experiences and both be legit #MedicatedAndMighty or not. Yes, diversity is real…it’s not about whose experience is right or wrong… One persons medicine is another’s poison. It’s clear that people have experience of being helped by and harmed by drugs both.