Australia’s The Stringer continues to follow the thread of concerns related to ADHD medication; suicidality in children given the drugs, health risks including liver damage and cardiovascular problems, and the concerns of the man who formulated the diagnosis that it had morphed beyond its original intentions as a result of a “cosy relationship between drug makers and doctors.”
There is also a significant link between risk of suicide and the act of a medical or mental health professional in assigning a diagnosis of so-called “psychogenic pain”. Leveraging from a landmark US Veterans Administration study of 4.8 million patients over three years, I offer a case for abolishing this term, in “Psychogenic Pain and Iatrogenic Suicide”, on the Global Summit for Diagnostic Alternatives. See http://dxsummit.org/archives/1002
Sincere best regards,
Richard A. Lawhern, Ph.D.
Psychiatric drugs are not meant to be one’s life partner or companion, says the 20 year fool.
mjk, you are nobody’s fool. While it might be tempting to kick ourselves for what we did not know, I have no doubt that you did the best you could with what you knew, and that when you learned more, you did your best to get off of these drugs.
I would like to see more discussion of the side-effects and withdrawal effects of ADHD medications. I have a dear friend who has been diagnosed with bipolar due to a tangle with Adderall. Given that she has had a long psychosis followed by deep depression, I wonder how much Adderall abuse and then withdrawal might explain this.
Many of the ‘official’ sources are quite useless, as they claim that “Adderall withdrawal generally does not occur in people who take the drug as recommended for legitimate medical purposes.” So, if a doctor proscribes it, there aren’t any problems?!?!?!