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This sounds like a really good plan Robert. Thank you for all that you are doing!
I’m well aware of the crimes committed by Psychiatry against LGBTQ people. There is a lack of accountability for ALL medical offenses, from Eugenics all the way up to the current Opioid Crisis. But I believe that will change and that Doctors will finally be removed from their pedestal. (Just as teachers, clergy, politicians, etc. have been. Medical Doctors are about the only ones left up there.)
The point of my original post was that radical change is possible. Despite the lack of accountability for the past, an LGBTQ person today is living in a VASTLY different world than before. We also should not be afraid to dream of the impossible!
I think change is possible, though it will be a long and difficult process.
In the 1950s or 60s (when homosexuality was a crime), if you had said that same-sex marriage would be legal a half-century later you would have been laughed out of the room!
Real, radical, and substantial change IS possible!!
I had a similar experience Rachel.
When I did a bit better I credited the medication (though it never lasted), and when I did worse I blamed myself and my own weaknesses. The thought that no matter what I tried I could never be well BECAUSE I was on the drugs never occurred to me. “Medication Spellbinding” was in full force for me…
Next month it will be 3 years since I came off anti-depressants after being on them for 29 years. I am still experiencing withdrawal (though at this point I think it might be permanent brain damage). I can’t thank you enough Peter Gøtzsche for the work you do (and the others here on MIA).
I have a hard time wrapping my head around the reluctance by those in positions of power to do the right thing and put the needs of patients first. Surly they must realize that eventually they will be held to account. There is massive corruption certainly, but also massive delusion (and no, the irony of Psychiatry being largely delusional at this point has not been lost on me).
This blog post reminds me of the middle ages, where those who challenged the Church were called blasphemers and heretics and burned at the stake. Maybe the “Age of Reason” was just a blip and we are going back to the old ways…
I was unaware of TranspariMED and the work you do. Thanks so much for writing this article and for helping to change this rotten and corrupt system. It’s a start at least!
I’m not sure what it will take. Perhaps it is because we are just “crazy people” and so our lives don’t matter very much? I view all of these things as being part of a larger pattern, where the long-term effects of Psychiatric treatment are completely disregarded. That is why the Doctor who came up with the lobotomy won the noble prize in medicine!
When we do complain about the long-term effects we can be dismissed because of course, we are obviously crazy! But you are right about getting human rights and feminist groups on board.
Thanks for the encouragement, James.
The withdrawal issues aren’t the same as when I started. Things keep changing, which I take as a good sign. The drugs have been with me my entire adult life, and my depression problems started as a teenager. So this gets into things like identity – what kind of person will I be off the drugs and without depression? It is exciting and terrifying at the same time. I look forward to writing that success story someday!
I agree with you PacificDawn. We need to take action. It can be hard to do though when in extreme withdrawal and when you are just trying to survive. I hope to do more as I improve. I guess the biggest thing I can do now is tell my story, and I have to those who I know are on medication. There are VAST numbers of people out there on these drugs. If I can prevent even one person from going through the suffering I did it will be worth it.
Rosalee, Thank You for the kind words!
The perverse thing here is that I believe many of the Psychiatrists who I saw over 30 years DID care. I do not believe they intentionally tried to hurt me. But the whole system is based on trust. They trusted the information they received just as I trusted them. The corruption is at the top. A big problem here is that Doctors do NOT confront or challenge other Doctors, even when those other Doctors are harming patients.
If the Neurologists, as a group, said “Hey! ECT can cause PERMANENT brain damage! Psychiatry, you CANNOT do this to people!”, then ECT would be banned immediately. There are many who know of these atrocities, but they put themselves first ahead of their patients. For this reason, it will be a black stain on ALL of medicine.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Finding someone you can talk to about these things in person (and not just online) can make a big difference. They can be hard to find but there are people who do care and want to help. I’ve forwarded some of the articles on this website to people I know. Not all were helpful, but some were. I sympathize with your despair…
The impact on medicine will be quite profound. The anti-vaxers are criticized for ignoring scientific evidence and yet here we have a medical profession that is doing the exact same thing! The media are reporting on some of these things, but are not yet connecting the dots and seeing the massive corruption issue. The media just assume that because these are Doctors they will do what is best for patients!
I understand your pain and frustration, James. It is now 27 months since I went off anti-depressants and if anything I am doing worse. At first it was extreme brain fog and an inability to focus. Now I have extreme insomnia and a host of gut issues. I cannot work and am living off savings. Somehow I need to get better before the money runs out. There is information on the internet but no in-person support.
Never in my worst nightmare could I have imagined that medicine could be so corrupt. Psychiatry for some reason thinks the Hippocratic Oath is optional. In order to find truth you have to be open to it.
But what can we do except keep moving forward? Not giving in to the despair is the hardest thing. Sometimes I just don’t have the strength to keep fighting, even though I know that I must. You have tremendous courage and I appreciate all you have done for the Mad in America community.
P.S. I was on anti-depressants and mood stabilizers for 29 years.
That was a really interesting BBC article. Thanks for posting that!
It is obscene and criminal that these drugs can be prescribed without an understanding of how they work or what the long-term effects are. This story made me very angry and very sad. I hope this woman can finally rest in peace now…
I tapered myself off of anti-depressants and mood stabilizers 13 months ago. I still am having lots of issues including: tiredness/lethargy, vision changes, stomach/bowel issues, and a persistent “hangover” effect/fog-headedness. I was on these drugs for 29 years.
If I knew then what I know now I would have never gone on them at all. However, I don’t have a time machine and cannot change the past, as much as I might want to.
I’m not sure if there is anything that can be done or if I am permanently screwed. Aside from the usual eat right/exercise information there doesn’t seem to be much out there and my Psychiatrist can give me no help. There is some information about the tapering but not so much for what follows. It’s been 13 months! Am I going to be like this forever?