Psychiatric Drugs: What Therapists Need to Consider


From PESI UK: “The rate of prescribing most categories of psychiatric drug has increased dramatically in recent years. One consequence of this is increasing numbers of therapy clients taking one or more psychiatric drug. While it might be tempting for therapists to think that drugs are the sole concern of the prescriber and conversations about drugs should stay within the medical arena, this would be misguided.

Psychiatric drugs are powerful psychoactive substances that have a range of effects on the brain and the body, both the intended effect and a host of unwanted, potentially adverse effects. In different ways (through different mechanisms of action in the brain) drugs can alter both cognitive and emotional experiencing, for example, slowing down thought processes (a sedative effect) or suppressing emotions. While they are intended to treat mental disturbance and distress, it cannot be assumed that taking a psychiatric drug will be of benefit to the person taking it, i.e. whether altering a person’s cognitive and emotional functioning will be helpful. Or if it does provide some therapeutic benefit, does this outweigh any potential negative effects?

What, then, might be some of the implications of working with a client who is taking a psychiatric drug? How might its effects – including effects the client feels are beneficial, and those that are unwanted and unpleasant – interfere with the therapeutic process or even the goals of therapy?”

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  1. Since the psychological industry has been, for decades, misdiagnosing the common adverse and withdrawal symptoms of the psych drugs, with the “invalid” DSM disorders. Then they force people to go to the psychiatrists, with threats of “you better take all the meds as prescribed, or all the doctors will call you paranoid.”

    I’m quite certain that psychologists and therapists need to know a lot more than what’s in this article, about the psychiatric drugs. But, then again, most psychiatrists claim to be ignorant about the common adverse and withdrawal effects of the psych drugs, too.

    All the “mental health” workers should start with this basic information. The ADHD drugs and antidepressants can create the “bipolar” symptoms, both while taking them, and withdrawing from them.

    And they should also do research into the common symptoms of “antidepressant discontinuation syndrome.” Since some of us were put on an “antidepressant,” under other guises, like “it’s a safe smoking cessation med,” so didn’t even know we were put on a psych drug, by our unethical PCP.

    The antidepressants and antipsychotics, both anticholinergic drugs, can create “psychosis” and “hallucinations,” via anticholinergic toxidrome. So those drug classes should never be used in combination, but combining them is still the recommended “treatment” for all “bipolar” stigmatized today.

    All doctors, including the psychiatrists, were taught about anticholinergic toxidrome in med school, but for reasons of greed, this is not even mentioned in any of the psychiatrists’ DSMs. Thus, the psychiatric industry has intentionally misinformed all of the psychologists and therapists who listened to them.

    And the antipsychotics/neuroleptics can also create the negative symptoms of “schizophrenia,” via neuroleptic induced deficit syndrome.

    In other words, all the symptoms of the psychiatrists’ “serious DSM mental illnesses,” are also all the common adverse effects of the psychiatric drugs.

    Now I personally know not all psychologists and therapists are ignorant of all this. Since they have chosen to “conspire” or “partner” with, and become the systemic child abuse covering up arm of my former childhood religion. And they have turned the leaders and pastors of my former religion into systemic child abuse and rape cover uppers.

    And an ethical pastor of a different religion, did confess this problem to me to be “the dirty little secret of the two original educated professions.”

    But I do hope to see an end to “the dirty little secret of the two original educated professions.” And properly educate any of the non-medically trained “mental health” or “social” workers, who don’t actually know what’s going on, who actually want to help people. So they may actually function as the helpers, they claim to be, instead of just functioning as ignorant, satanic, hypocrites, for the psychiatrists.

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