Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Comments by Ruth Smith

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  • I do not believe that it is “simply needing to shift our thinking away from psych meds as a cure” and, in fact, for some people even short term use of psychiatric drugs causes iatrogenic harm. My daughter had an immediate bad reaction to anti-depressants, causing the clinician involved to diagnose her with psychosis and put her on anti-psychotic medication. The result, after three weeks of these medications was her belief that she needed to end her life to stop the horrendous adverse side effects she was experiencing from both these toxic medications. She felt compelled to kill herself in order to stop the extremely painful experience and she almost died in the attempt. Every person is an individual and should not be treated as if these psychiatric drugs are beneficial to all. They can be extremely harmful and life-threatening to self and others. Full facts should be given to everybody so that a choice is available rather than coercion and control of people, as is the case at the moment. Also, the difficulty in withdrawal and reduction from these drugs needs to be told to anybody who decides to take them – whether short-term or long-term.

  • Thank you for your very moving and distressing story about the horrific situation in Zimbabwe and the hospital there. These untold stories about mental health abuse across the world are so important in their ability to demonstrate the horrendous situations in our colonial past, much of which still resonates today. I am so glad that you have managed to unearth your own historical childhood abuse and perhaps been able to come to terms with it, via your therapy and your own exploration of the truth about orthodox psychiatry. I am also pleased that you have made a connection with the AD4E (a diagnosis for everyone) and the PTMFramework with Lucy Johnstone and Mary Boyle. I am a family member of someone who has been trapped in the UK psychiatric services for many years, but is now finding a way through the horrific system. The more voices joining those of us who have survived such traumatic events, the louder becomes the choir and the more people can hear the narratives of experience and truth.