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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Yes, psych meds DO shrink brains

And here the woman who studies this is interviewed. The choice bit is here: Q. AND WHAT HAVE YOU FOUND? A. I haven’t published this yet. But I have spoken about it in public lectures. The big finding is that people with schizophrenia are losing brain tissue at a more rapid rate than healthy people […]

Drug induced dementia — the perfect crime (Grace Jackson, MD)

New book by Grace Jackson. Below is a description with permission from the author to reprint: Under the influence of declining birth rates, expanding longevity, and changing population structures around the world, the global prevalence of senile dementia is expected to increase more than four-fold within the next forty years.    Within the United States alone, […]

The Grate Escape

Another episode from Keener’s experiences of withdrawal from effexor. This is a story worth following. I know some of you are reading each section. If you’ve missed the first installments you can pick them up here: Part 1 and 2 here and part 3 here, and part 4 here, and part 5 here. The alternative […]