Healing, awakening: freedom from pharma

This healing process is a vehicle to awakening. All of it can be put to good use and given what an ugly experience it often is, it's the silver lining. ...

(Psych) Drug induced dementia — higher rates of Alzheimer’s too

This is not the first time psych drugs have been linked to dementia, but it's certainly not something we hear about often enough. With an aging generation of people who've been on psych meds for their entire adult lives it's an issue that needs to be faced. It's yet another serious adverse effect that psychiatric drugs can cause. In this current NBC piece they are speaking only about benzodiazepines. All psych drugs have been associated with various sorts of mental decline, however. … [click on title to read and view more]

The accidental addict –documentary: benzodiazepines in the news

The Accidental Addict (NZ news magazine) Assignment programme from 1995 dealing with the issue of iatrogenic benzodiazepine dependence. This is a 15 year old documentary. Why in hell are doctors still handing this crap out like candy? This phenomena of severe benzodiazepine withdrawal and post-withdrawal syndrome has been known about for two decades at least! The... Continue Reading →

Beyond Meds and Beyond the Dosies

Spit, Bristle and Fury posted commentary on the Dosie's and the post I published about them yesterday: Gianna Kali’s always informative and often pharma-critical blog, Beyond Meds was up for a Dosie — a new award “created to find the best examples of social media in pharma and healthcare.” Out of the 550 nominees, not surprisingly,... Continue Reading →

Add increased risk of breast cancer to the possible “adverse effects” of psych meds

Metabolic syndromes are now being associated with doubling the risk of breast cancer. Neuroleptics (the atypicals) often cause metabolic syndromes. SSRIs have more recently been implicated as well. TUESDAY, June 30 (HealthDay News) -- Women with high blood pressure, elevated glucose and other components of metabolic syndrome might be at increased risk for postmenopausal breast... Continue Reading →

Suicidal ideation gone…for a long time now

Something that comes up quite often in discussions with my friends and readers who have been on meds and have come off of them is how many of the "psychiatric" symptoms they were being "treated" for disappear upon discontinuation of the medications. This is widely known and experienced among those of us who have decided... Continue Reading →

The good doctor

The doctor who led me to this point a year ago by cold-turkeying me off meds prematurely, wrote me a letter during that time. This must have been written a day or two into the cold-turkey before I started getting psychotic. This is just a small excerpt explaining to me why she took me off... Continue Reading →

Psych meds make you fat

This was a response to Therese Borchard's piece from June 18th at PsychCentral. She is writing about good eating, lifestyle and exercise habits in the context of taking psychiatric drugs, which is fine, but I wanted to add my two cents. I put this in the comment section. I've added to it a bit for... Continue Reading →

Beware new anxiety drug

This is exactly what they said about Xanax...and the benzos that followed Valium in general. They were safe and did not cause addiction, when in fact it's harder to come off the newer shorter acting drugs than it is to get off Valium. I lived in a generation that spit out new psychiatric drugs every... Continue Reading →

Therapeutic resistance

More of Keener's chronicle of withdrawal from Effexor. This is my story of severe effexor withdrawal. I have already written much about how I started to take effexor and the consequences of this. Links to the first several chapters are here if you've missed them pick them up here: Part 1 and 2 here and... Continue Reading →

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