Sunday, December 15, 2019

Comments by daikonradish

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  • Please, oh please, can we bring this discussion into mainstream media outlets? I know there were the landmark articles in the NY Times and other outlets in the past few years, but this information needs to be shouted from the rooftops. I am convinced of the direct connection between antidepressant drug prescription and suicide, violence, and yes, mass shootings. This is from direct experience with withdrawal and the dark, inhuman places it brought my mind, and it is detailed in sites like RxISK and Mad In America. These resources provide important and fearless work, but the message that has yet to reach the ether of general public awareness.

    How and when can we start discussing the co-occurring issues of gun violence and antidepressant use in rational and concrete ways? Interestingly enough, presidential candidate Marianne Williamson has shed light on the alarming overprescription of antidepressants (and withdrawal!) to some backlash. I’m sure as a community adversely affected by antidepressants, we stand with her comments. And no, the comments do NOT stigmatize mental illness, in fact they advocate for safer and less damaging treatment.

    Read interview with Williamson: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/27/us/politics/marianne-williamson-mental-health.html
    Read about the backlash/response she received: https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/marianne-williamson-wrong-about-antidepressants-866807/