Those of us who've spent hundreds of hours with thousands of people coming off drugs still have the most reliable information available for the time being. This is an instance in which "peers" simply have more information than anyone else. Not only have we lived it but we've watched many others do the same. Alto Strata has been doing this for many years and has amassed a knowledge base that is truly impressive. … [click on the title to read and view more]
Love and sex and attachment
I have shared Helen Fisher's work before on Beyond Meds. She has done important work looking at how psychiatric drugs affect bonding and love. That post is here: Psych drugs damage ability to love/bond. I also consider in it what might be happening to young people who are going through sexual development while growing up on these drugs in that post. What I'm sharing today is much more generalized and not specifically about psychiatric drugs. There are a lot of details about romantic love in 21st century. I found it quite interesting and often quite optimistic while also taking a sobering look at the reality we find ourselves in. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Yoga for fear/anxiety
As our bodies heals from the iatrogenic injury caused by psychiatric drugs, the process of healing the autonomic nervous system demands the continual working with fear in the body. These drugs create post traumatic stress and exacerbate that which was already in our bodies. Yoga is often helpful in the process of healing this insult to our nervous system. Yoga is wonderful for training us to be with all of the sometimes uncomfortable sensations in our body whether we’ve been injured or not. This is a skill that can help support us in our lives in many different ways. Practicing and learning to be with discomfort is an important skill to have. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
When withdrawal is the hardest part (sure as heck was for me)
Benzodiazepines are the most recognized psych drugs to have serious adverse withdrawal issues and still people are harmed in the tens of thousands. SSRIs and other antidepressants and neuroleptics and "mood stabilizers" all have potentially very serious issues as well but it's less recognized. Please get information before taking any of these drugs. One class is not necessarily worse than the other. It really depends on the individual and knowing who might be most harmed by which drugs is simply not known. It's a game of Russian roulette to take psychiatric drugs. If you want to spin it more positively you can call it the lottery...some people are happy they took these meds and seem to come out unscathed. This is the complex reality of these drugs. It will be nice when it's made clear that all psych meds can cause similar painful and debilitating withdrawal syndromes because even though they work by different mechanisms of actions they all potentially impact the autonomic nervous system in a way that results in similar harm. … [click on title to read and view more]
We don’t know what is right for another. I practice that in speech and deed.
It is not a good idea to tell people what they need in the way of supplements and it can sometimes be dangerous...especially if folks are taking psychiatric medications and/or are in the process of withdrawal from psych drugs. Supplements in a hypersensitized body (as many are after having been on psychiatric drugs) can be quite dangerous. It's not okay to assume that something that worked well for you or someone you know is safe for someone you've never met here on this page (or anywhere else you might be likely to hand out such advice) You can share your experience here, but I ask you to refrain from directing people to what they should take and to refrain from thinking you know anything about what might be appropriate and safe for someone you do not know (or for that matter someone you do know, too as you won't know their body) basically everyone needs to find their own sense of guidance and intuition. Your experience may help inform their experience but it's rare that someone can safely simply copy what another has done and it's not a good idea to tell folks what to do...pretty much ever. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Psychiatric Drugs Send 90,000 to the ER Yearly
Can you say iatrogenic injury? Never mind the many thousands of us who suffer protracted withdrawal issues causing disability that are completely denied by the medical establishment...most of us have to start hiding from doctors who want to give us more drugs rather than give our poor bodies the chance to heal. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
What should doctors know about psychiatric drug withdrawal?
The truth is that far too often MDs are not only untrained in helping folks come off psych drugs, they also don't know how to recognize serious withdrawal issues. Just as Baylissa speaks about in the video. It makes for a very dangerous situation. A lot of folks are told that their very serious withdrawal issues are psychiatric and not real. I'm now going to cut and paste an old post about this phenomena that includes some suggestions about how one might go about finding a doctor to work with if one decides they'd like to come off psychiatric drugs. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Psychiatric Epidemic – Part 2: The Scope of the Epidemic
These videos are great way to revisit or be introduced to Robert Whitaker’s work. This is a talk he delivered in Denmark. Pass it on! In Part 2, Whitaker digs down deep into the research pertaining to psychiatric medication and demonstrates quite clearly that the studies paint a very different picture that the prevalent common wisdom of the day. What is the reason for this discrepancy? Misinformation? Disinformation? … [click on title for the rest of the post]
The Psychiatric Epidemic – does long-term use of medication decrease the chance of recovery?
The Roots of the Epidemic, where Robert Whitaker guides us through the history of psychiatric medication and presents the scientific evidence that proves that the common wisdom about theses drugs is mostly based on falsehoods. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
What does the research say about the effects of long-term use of psychiatric drugs?
What does the research show about the effects of long-term use of psychiatric drugs? Video and an article on the topic. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
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