Monday, October 25, 2021

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  • In this article try substituting “benzodiazepine” for “antidepressant” …

    https://www.madinamerica.com/2020/12/patient-voice-antidepressant-withdrawal-mus-fnd/

    Here are two quotes which stopped me in my tracks:

    “the symptoms are due to a problem in the way the body is functioning, even though the structure of the body is normal”

    “Most urgently, we urge individual prescribers to always raise with their patients possibilities such as antidepressant adverse effects and/or potential dose-change and withdrawal issues before initially prescribing an antidepressant for any patient – and before attributing patients’ subsequent development of ‘unexplained’ ‘functional’ symptoms to psychosomatic ‘medically unexplained’ or ‘functional’ syndromes and disorders. This is vital to the all-important doctor/patient relationship, to properly informed consent – and to reduce prescribed drug damage and resulting nervous system chaos.”

    Such a simple request. So much “professional” resistance.

  • In this article try substituting “benzodiazepine” for “antidepressant” …

    Here are two quotes which stopped me in my tracks:

    “the symptoms are due to a problem in the way the body is functioning, even though the structure of the body is normal”

    “Most urgently, we urge individual prescribers to always raise with their patients possibilities such as antidepressant adverse effects and/or potential dose-change and withdrawal issues before initially prescribing an antidepressant for any patient – and before attributing patients’ subsequent development of ‘unexplained’ ‘functional’ symptoms to psychosomatic ‘medically unexplained’ or ‘functional’ syndromes and disorders. This is vital to the all-important doctor/patient relationship, to properly informed consent – and to reduce prescribed drug damage and resulting nervous system chaos.”

    Such a simple and responsible request. So much “professional” resistance.

  • For me, the fundamental issue is prescriber responsibility. There is no excuse under the sun for a prescriber to give a drug to a patient that the prescriber does not totally understand. Any drug, no just psychotropics.

    The prescriber has the responsibly to educate the patient, guide the patient through the process of informed consent, and where there are known withdrawal issues the prescriber has the responsibility to assist the patient during withdrawal if necessary.

    This responsible process could not be simpler.

    After my experience with benzo withdrawal I no longer trust any prescriber to inform or assist me. I now challenge any request by a doctor who wants to prescribe a drug for me. This has led to some interesting discussions.

    I am curious to see how this town hall process will unfold. The issues to be explored are complex. I wish all the participants well and thank them for their efforts to present these issues to anyone who would care to listen.

  • Shane, thank you for this update. For me, there are two issues here that need attention.

    First, there are the neglected issues of “first do no harm” and “informed consent”. When these practices are ignored or misrepresented then I no longer have any freedom of choice when I need to decide whether or not to take a drug. When I am misinformed, for whatever reason, my freedom of choice dissolves.

    Second, when I take a drug as prescribed and this drug turns out to be harmful to me as prescribed this result is not my fault. And, no one can make this result my fault by confabulating me with drug abusers.

    The medical community, and all of its iterations, are responsible for the harm I have experienced from using and withdrawing from a benzodiazepine. Immediately I became aware of the possibility of harm from benzodiazepine use as prescribed for me, I set about determining if this possibility was real and sought out a way to withdraw safely from the drug. At no time during this process was I given any positive assistance from the medical community. The assistance I did find consisted solely of peer support.

    I find it completely negligent that information that has been in the public domain for more than sixty years was ignored and not passed on to me by the medical community when I was prescribed a benzodiazepine.