I am a completely different person from when I wrote the below piece. Shaped by what I was then, but completely different in a positive sense. Today as I write this I’m having a bit of a flare which is part of the healing process, so it remains not an all or nothing thing, yet the way I experience everything now is different. Life is always good even when it’s painful and difficult. Having that capacity is a gift as far as I’m concerned and also a sign of inherent wellness. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Polypharmacy and Accidental Death From Prescription Medication
As I’ve pointed out before and Frances does in this article too this gross over-medication is not done only in the military. I was on EVERY SINGLE psychiatric class of drug at once, for a total of 6 drugs at very high doses when I began my withdrawal. I’ve known and corresponded with hundreds of people on similar cocktails that are not in the military. These cocktails are DEADLY. Lets stop it from happening everywhere.
Radio program with Robert Whitaker debating a biopsychiatry advocate
Brief radio program with Robert Whitaker giving a synopsis of his seminal work on psychiatry and psychopharmacology from while Robert Whitaker was touring Ireland: Robert Whitaker on Today With Pat Kenny (listen here) On the show also is an avid supporter of biopsychiatry, Patricia Casey who debates Robert Whitaker. From the programs website: The acclaimed... Continue Reading →
Before excessive drug treatments NIMH declared depression “on the whole” a diagnosis with best prognosis for recovery: not so anymore
Robert Whitaker's website -- Links to studies showing that depression with much greater frequency becomes a life long chronic problem with the advent of the use of drugs. Antidepressants/Depression A. The Natural Course of Depression Prior to the widespread use of antidepressants, the National Institute of Mental Health told the public that people regularly recovered... Continue Reading →
“Bipolar Disorder” before the psychopharmaceutical era
From Robert Whitaker's website links showing how bipolar disorder, too, has been exacerbated since the advent of heavy pharmacological intervention. Polypharmacy/Bipolar illness A. Bipolar Illness Before the Psychopharmacology Era Prior to 1955, bipolar illness was a rare disorder. There were only 12,750 people hospitalized with that disorder in 1955. In addition, there were only about... Continue Reading →
Video interview with John Nash of Beautiful Mind fame
John Nash in the below video says explicitly he never used drugs again after an initial period of crisis and the movie was purposely misleading because the screenwriter’s mother was a psychologist enamored with psych meds and feared people would go off their meds if they knew the truth. Horrifying, isn’t that?
Psych visit: a short video and memoir (updated with commentary by the video maker)
A good friend had a crisis a few years ago that pulled her suddenly into psychiatry. This is her story: Update I noticed a link to my site where the psychiatrist Steven Balt also shares this video. He adds his own commentary. I shared this with the author of the blog who left a comment... Continue Reading →
Pray, cry, scream, kick, write, whatever it takes, do not be silent, let it out. (a story of recovery)
Zoe is a friend I made on a benzo board. Online support is generally a crucial part of this journey. For direction in how to find such support see this post. There is a great spectrum of recovery time that varies from individual to individual. Every story I can share here helps people find others... Continue Reading →
“Creating the Bipolar Child: The Risks of Prescribing Antidepressants to Youth.”
By Robert Whitaker Check out the story that appeared on August 30 on CNN.com titled “Growing Up Bipolar,” and the one on August 31 in the New York Times’s science section, titled “Lasting Pleasures, Robbed by Drug Abuse.” Both reveal a lot about the selective story-telling that forms our societal beliefs about mental disorders and psychotropic drugs.... Continue Reading →
Bipolar Medication Myths — Joanna Moncrieff MD
New show at Madness Radio. Bipolar Medication Myths -- Joanna Moncrieff Is bipolar disorder a disease? Can medications like lithium correct chemical imbalances and stabilize mood? Do psychiatric drugs act completely differently on the brain than recreational drugs? UK psychiatrist Dr. Joanna Moncrieff, author of The Myth Of The Chemical Cure: A Critique of Psychiatric... Continue Reading →
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