Comments by Amy Upham

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  • “I do not care where you live or who you are to say otherwise: this is unconscionable, and bordering if not directly equivalent to eugenics type practices, where the medical practitioner and institution is monetarily motivated to pass falsified judgement, using below fuzzy logic to justify income supplementation.”

    Yes, yes, yes. Abuse, systemic abuse and genocide are the only words for polypharmacy practices and psychiatric abuses such as seclusion and restraint, which kill 2 people each week in hospitals. What other words when folks treated in the public mental health system die 25 years earlier than everyone else? Unconscionable, unethical, immoral, medical malpractice and all the rest. The FDA as accomplice.

    I hope you have recovered from the heart and renal failure. It is only by miracle and my growing up in a medical household that I was able to treat myself and recover.
    All the best and in solidarity,

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  • Truth and reconciliation, yes.

    I lived on $150 a month for over a year. I was privy to the graces of homelessness, like a homeless man slipping $100 into my pocket (he thought anonymously) so that I could purchase a phone. Poverty does not scare me so much as dying at the end of a meaningless life. Also, now that I have fully regained my health, should social work doors ever close for me, I have the ability to change careers into one perhaps without so much social pressure.

    I thought long and hard before putting this out there; it sat on my shelf for 3 years. Do your due consideration, not everyone is in the position to be open, but as social work is not my last career ambition, I was.

    Blessings to you,

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  • Ha, I have not nor will not read anything this poster writes; their excessive blame and shame centered wordiness is how they get under so many survivors skin and shut them up. Why the movement against drugging has been so silenced.

    I have met their kind before, some of them are patients who are actually curious about this info but too afraid to really dive into it, some pharm infiltrators, some hysterical overprotective family members. It is best to not engage with them after one or two attempts. We ruin the movement when we do as we allow them to word vomit all over the self-esteem of people in severe pain.

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  • 5parts,

    These drugs cause so many horrific conditions. Class action lawsuits against the companies are difficult to launch b/c the pharm industry argues that controlling “mental illness” has higher priority than inducing physical. For example, no good class action has been brought against the makers of the shorter half life benzos, though not for my lack of trying not the medical records of thousands I assure you, but the financial risk/ratio is something no lawyer I know will yet take on.

    When I sought my own lawsuit, because my recovery took longer than the statute of limitations, no lawyer would look at my case, even to advocate for an extension of the statute owing to my health. Point blank I es told I had the evidence but the cost to launch the suit against these major companies and hospitals would not be enough profit for them. Despite losing two years of my life and income and all of my belongings, they told me I was lucky to get out alive and that I healed myself physically that I should take that as my victory and not look back. I still wonder about that, and do believe if I develop any conditions in the future associated with the poisoning, which would reopen the statute, that I will sue.

    Best to you

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  • Thank you! It’s an amazing dichotomy for sure and one I am all too familiar with being a social worker.

    I see a large impetus behind the divide in perspective to be class warfare honestly (hey maybe it sounds crazy, but now that I have embraced that lol). You know…The class above oppressing the class below so that they do not lose status. Every social worker’s worst nightmare is to be found out she has any kind of ups and downs in life outside of her/his clients. I even had social work professors tell our classes we could not be social workers if we did not have all our shit together all the time.

    Ah imperialism’s little guessed effects to your run of the mill counselor. Anti-poverty work (vs. anti-stigma) is where this battle is at.

    Thanks again and peace!

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  • Did you actually read what I wrote to hear it or to argue with it? Firstly, in answer to your question, it’s none of your business. But since you asked it on a public site I will attempt an answer.

    Whether anything was “wrong” with me or not actually has nothing to do with the medical malpractice that happened to me, and countless others. At the end of the drug withdrawal I was administered an mmpi and could have been diagnosed with 25 different things. One year later, sober, took the test again, nada.

    Secondly, again, although my personal medical history before the medical malpractice is irrelevant to the torture I endured on psychopharmaceuticals, I was actually first administered a tricyclic for sleep disturbance owing to the effects of chronic Lyme’s disease at 15.

    I like what you’ve done there with the shaming, though, good show. It’s almost as if I’m back sitting in a psychiatrist’s office… Unfortunately, for you, research bares out that these drugs are prescribed to people with physical health issues or situational anxieties/depressions repeatedly. I will let this site’s research do the talking on that one and refuse to engage any longer with any hecklers.

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