Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Comments by Ruby

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  • I think that not focusing on a traumatic event, generally speaking, is sound advice for people who experience trauma as an isolated event as an adult. But I also think that one’s capacity to intuitively derail negative thinking as an adult is at least in part determined by the level of personal resilience that was nurtured and encouraged to develop within their family of origin.

    I don’t believe that children who are traumatized have the capacity to put damaging behaviors or events into context. What they experience is their reality of who they are and what they are being shown that they deserve. In the absence of at least one supportive, responsive, caring adult to refute or re-frame negative experiences and to assure safety from threat, a child’s brain forms into an adult brain in which a highly reactive foundation has been laid. One can know intellectually that hurtful words or assessments are not true, but response to perceived threat born out of a history of trauma and a resultant belief about one’s worth and place in the world doesn’t really allow for that sort of measured thinking.

    I think that even for those who are blessed not to have experienced trauma, the power of the sadness and sometimes shock one feels coming face to face with someone who is angry or hurt enough themselves to want to harm others can be very disorienting.

  • I found this study very interesting. I do not take EMpower Plus but take a range of supplements that includes a majority of the ingredients listed for this product. When I was taking the dreaded SSRI I developed many symptoms of auto immune disease–including large patches of red and inflamed skin on my back and legs, extreme fatigue and aching in my joints. I was also tested positive for thyroid disease. I have always been a very physically healthy and active person and had never exhibited any of these symptoms prior to taking the drug.

    I had my blood analyzed and it was shown to have very high markers for inflammation. I did my own research and found a number of studies indicating that Zoloft significantly reduces the absorption of various types of Vitamin D–which can cause skin disease, joint and bone problems (osteopenia) and fatigue. I slowly started weaning myself off of the “medication” and started a supplementation program designed to combat inflammation. Every three months I repeated my blood work. The lower I went on the Zoloft the lower the markers for inflammation. Now off of the medication, I no longer test positive for inflammation and have no physical symptoms of autoimmune disease which I am convinced was caused by the medication.

    If mental distress is caused by or exacerbated by inflammation then prescribing SSRIs seems to be the absolutely worst treatment protocol to offer based upon my experience. How can a drug effectively restore mental equilibrium if the very mechanisms by which it “works” creates a state in the body that contributes to mental distress? For me, that answer was/is it can’t.

  • I’m not sure rational thought enters into the process of medicine’s love affair with SSRI’s. In my experience, most psychiatrists have little or no interest acknowledging how addictive SSRI’s are or how common side effects are. It’s an infuriating double whammy for a patient to realize that the drug that they’ve been prescribed is causing a range of health problems only to find they can’t just stop taking it without wreaking more havoc on their overall health and well being.

    I believe that many people who suffer from iatrogenic illness as a result of psych meds don’t even realize that the drugs are making them sick. In part, this is because psychiatrists either don’t ask questions about their patient’s overall health or because they don’t want to be held responsible. If I had a dime for every time I heard “correlation not causation” from my former psych doc in response to the very long list of physical ailments I endured whilst taking SSRI’s I could by myself a small island.

  • Matt,

    Thank you so much for so eloquently putting words to the tangle of emotions that I’ve struggled with as a survivor of psych med withdrawal. You are a terrific writer and speaker and I wish you continued success with your work and much happiness with your beautiful family.

    best wishes,


  • Multi-generational poverty is a problem. The over prescribing of harmful psych medication to the poorest members of society exacerbates that problem. Doctors of all stripes write prescriptions for dangerous psych drugs for the poor at a much higher rate than in higher income populations. Poverty stricken children on Medicaid who already suffer under the weight of circumstance are prescribed anti-psychotics at 4x the rate of their middle class counterparts. Doctors may be given a mandate but they do have a choice to not prescribe harmful drugs to such vulnerable populations. Doctors have agency. Doctors should have the capacity for critical thought. They can choose to do no harm. Anyone who prescribes these toxic meds to people who are already floundering under the misguided notion that they are providing care or at least doing something should seriously reevaluate. Better to spend your energies staffing a soup kitchen. I have asked this question before in response to your blogs, where is the personal responsibility? To change the world, we must first change ourselves and our actions.

  • That introducing a surplus of serotonin into the brain creates a negative feedback loop of chemical imbalance makes logical sense to me. I know that I was markedly more irritable on SSRI’s than I had ever been in my life much to the chagrin of my loved ones.

    It’s tragic and more than a little disgusting that in an effort to support a human sacrificing model of revenue generation psychiatrists will readily slap a stigmatizing, self-esteem damaging, bogus psych label onto a young person based upon drug generated behaviors leading to more prescriptions (more $$$) and a cascade of mind and body damaging negative feedback loops. Quite the healing art.

  • Vanessa,

    I choose to avoid the low flying psychiatrists who post here, but I wanted to reach out and congratulate you again on your efforts and encourage you to hang in there during the difficult days. You were kind to me when I communicated here about my own tapering process and it meant a lot to me.

    I had read the Mukerjhee article and was puzzled as to why a hematologist (perhaps he should have addressed the effects of SSRI’s on blood platelets) and oncologist was commissioned to write an analysis of the state of psycho-pharmacology. Given that most data on the effects of these drugs is gathered after they go to market, I guess Dr. Mukerjhee feels that the damage incurred by unwitting “consumers” in the name of “research progress” is well worth it. It’s not his life after all.

    Perhaps the NYT’s goal was to simply slap up yet another psych med booster article for the masses written by a celeb M.D., a la Peter Kramer. Now it seems big pharma must enlist medical marketers outside of psychiatry. Gag-worthy indeed.

  • Hey Malene,

    Okay–really my last comment.;) I actually didn’t come here to be healed or counseled or consoled by anyone in the psychiatric profession–only to speak my truth in response to a blog that I found to be not truthful and as a result offensive and potentially damaging to those who are vulnerable.

    I speak only for myself, but at this point, I don’t need an M.D. for anything other than to refill the dreaded prescription so I don’t go through withdrawal as I finish with the titration of this toxic med.

    I now do my own research and make my own decisions about how to repair my health and thus far I’m managing far better than I ever did taking advice from a psychiatrist. If that is offensive to those who make their living via the prescription pad, that’s their issue to manage. My focus is on rebuilding my life and making up for stolen time the best way I now how and part of that is steering clear of those whose belief systems, attitudes and communications do harm. As the saying goes–been there, got the t-shirt.

  • Oops Edit: Last paragraph previous comment: Meant to say–

    Overall, I found her blogs and responses condescending, evasive, dismissive and full of contempt for the people who have been harmed by her profession. The vibe was/is truly nauseating. Perhaps some of the docs who post here would benefit from reading Judith Herman’s research on trauma and recovery before they lay hands on the keyboard again.

    The true irony is that those psychiatrists who post here on Bob Whitaker’s site to prove how they “get it” and are different from the rest only serve to prove how they are very much the same.

    Anyway—I’m out of here, but best wishes to everyone here who is on the road to recovery. Hang in there, have faith in yourself and your ability to heal. Keep your brain safe. 32.3 mg of the “Z” and counting down!



  • Malene,

    I want to thank you for posting this succinct assessment that mirrors my feelings as well.

    I haven’t commented here in a while because of my interaction with a psychiatrist blogger (not Dr. Moffic) whose responses to me were sarcastic, manipulative and condescending. Talk about cognitive dissonance–toxic speech coming from someone in a so-called healing profession directed at people who are recovering from trauma. That is just wrong which should be clear to anyone with an ounce of empathy.

    I found overall condescending and full of contempt for the people who had been harmed by her profession.