December 5, 2016 at 10:04 am #85653
Louise Bark. Recently, out of concern for other people I know who are taking psychiatric medications, I’ve been doing some research into PolyPharmacy… the practice of prescribing several different drugs to treat one, or many, conditions.
In my own case I now know what kind of negative impacts the drugs were having on my physical health. I had tons of neurological problems – all duly noted in my medical files – and the psychiatrists named them as “behaviours” and an “organic brain disorder.”
– Severe Sleep Apnea
– Nystagmus in the eyes
– EEG was classified as dysrhythmia, Grade I. generalized
– Elongated QT waves (irregular heart beat readings)
– Brachacardia (more heart irregularities)
– dangerously low blood pressure
– bone pain
– a movement disorder (Tardive) and finally
– I lost the ability to walk.
To this day I still must use a wheelchair even though I’ve been off the medications for 14 years.
When I fought my way off the medications most of this list of health problems vanished. So did the mental illness. All that remains now is the movement disorder and the inability to walk.
The latest shocking paper I uncovered is this one entitled, “Risk of Psychotropic Drug Interactions in Real World Settings: a Pilot Study in Patients with Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder.” at http://www.psikofarmakoloji.org/pdf/24_3_6.pdf.
If you read it, It’s a real eye opener.
Here is a sampling of a few paragraphs in the discussion:
Objective: The rate of polypharmacy is increasing in patients with psychotic disorders. Polypharmacy is defined as the concomitant use of two or more drugs at a time. As most psychotropic medications are metabolized via the cytochrome enzyme system, it is easy to predict that polypharmacy will increase the risk of drug-drug interactions. This study was planned to evaluate the interaction risks of medications used by patients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder.
Conclusion: The present study reports that an important percentage of patients are exposed to drug– drug interactions with ever-increasing use of multiple medications in the schizophrenia spectrum of diseases, and among these interactions, most major risks were cardiovascular risks, especially QT prolongation. Prospective studies with larger numbers of patients are needed in this area.
This is disgusting. I consider it proof that doctors are knowingly prescribing drug combinations that cause physical health problems and permanent damage to an individual, but are choosing to mislead the public by saying it doesn’t.
I can’t help but wonder though, if there’s a way to stop it?
Surely to goodness governments worldwide would want to put a stop to prescribing abuse, if they were to learn how many costly health problems the drugs are causing.
Maybe I’m too PolyAnna, but surely to goodness, the world doesn’t want to waste money on the outcome of this type of prescribing abuse.
All i can say is I am so lucky to have not only survived, but to be completely free of the mental illnesses and even some of the stigma.
I’m hoping beyond hope that one day, by sharing my story and the proof that is contained in my medical files, that the law and/or governments will stand up, take notice, and create new restrictions to put a stop to the prescribing abuse.
Am I a dreamer or what?December 5, 2016 at 10:06 am #85654
Catherine Birch A British citizen was held for days without charge in a London mental hospital under little-known laws which allow the police to arrest and detain anybody who voices criticism against politicians or celebrities.
The Fixated Threat Assessment Centre (FTAC) was quietly set up to identify individuals who they claim pose a direct threat to VIPs including the Prime Minister, the Cabinet and the Royal Family.
It was given sweeping powers to check more than 10,000 suspects’ files to identify mentally unstable potential “killers and stalkers” with a fixation against public figures.
The team’s psychiatrists and psychologists then have the power to order treatment – including forcibly detaining suspects in secure psychiatric units.
Using these powers, the unit can legally detain people for an indefinite period without trial, criminal charges or even evidence of a crime being committed and with very limited rights of appeal.
FTAC is enforced by the police anti-terrorism unit, and so although it technically is a separate branch of law, it is enforced under the Anti-Terrorism Crime and Security Act. It works in a similar way to laws in Thailand which ban citizens from saying anything critical of the Thai royal family.
A number of British citizens have already fallen victim to these laws. Activist David Compan was imprisoned without charges in a London mental hospital after he publicly associated himself with the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCC) campaign to hold the Crown of England responsible for crimes against children.
Social worker Elizabeth Scully has confirmed to ITCCS organizer Rhianne Mockridge that David was held for ‘examination’, but Scully initially refused to say where or provide any other details… http://akashictimes.co.uk/uk-enforces-l … -the-govt/December 5, 2016 at 10:07 am #85655
Gary Mccrimmon On December 2, 2004, Gwen Olsen’s niece Megan committed suicide by setting herself on fire-and ended her tortured life as a victim of the adverse effects of prescription drugs. Gwen Olsen offers an honest glimpse into alarming statistics and a health care system ranked last among nineteen industrialized nations worldwide. As a former sales representative in the pharmaceutical industry for several years, Olsen learned firsthand how an unprecedented number of lethal drugs are unleashed in the United States market, but her most heartrending education into the dangers of antidepressants would come as a victim and ultimately, as a survivor. Gwen Olsen shares one woman’s unforgettable journey of faith, forgiveness, and healing.
Gwen Olsen spent fifteen years as a pharmaceutical sales rep working for such healthcare giants as Johnson & Johnson, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Abbott Laboratories. She enjoyed a successful, fast-paced career until several conscious-altering experiences began awakening her to the dangers lurking in every American medicine cabinet. Her most poignant lessons, however, came as both victim and survivor of life-threatening adverse drug reactions. Gwen Olsen is the author of the award-winning book, Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher.She is also a contributing author to three books, Drugging Our Children by Dr. Sharna Olfman et al, Doctor of the Futureby Dan Yachter, D.C., and the Maximized Living Makeover Manualby…
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Jane Rice Action is needed now, survivors! The FDA is pushing to downgrade shock machines to class II devices …
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Robin Jones The purpose of this group is to not only shed light on the field of Psychiatry and it’s myriad human rights abuses but also to be the catalyst for education and change. This is not a group that adheres to the principles and beliefs of those within the Scientology community. As our principal aim is to enlighten, empower and galvanize a like-minded community of people whose goal is to address the illegitimacy of a profession that continues to oppress and subjugate, we emphasize the importance of thoughtful contributions that will result in the change we are seeking https://www.facebook.com/groups/RethinkPsychiatry/December 5, 2016 at 10:11 am #85658
Angie Whitman Not too long ago, more than 60,000 people were sterilized in the United States based on eugenic laws. Most of these operations were performed before the 1960s in institutions for the so-called “mentally ill” or “mentally deficient.” In the early 20th century across the country, medical superintendents, legislators, and social reformers affiliated with an emerging eugenics movement joined forces to put sterilization laws on the books. Such legislation was motivated by crude theories of human heredity that posited the wholesale inheritance of traits associated with a panoply of feared conditions such as criminality, feeblemindedness, and sexual deviance. Many sterilization advocates viewed reproductive surgery as a necessary public health intervention that would protect society from deleterious genes and the social and economic costs of managing “degenerate stock.” From today’s vantage point, compulsory sterilization looks patently like reproductive coercion and unethical medical practice. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ste … tion=womenDecember 5, 2016 at 10:30 am #85659
Paul Lommen When I was in the hospital, quite a few of my best friends killed themselves and I wish there had been a better option. They had to leave in order to survive but their was no place to go. When they did end their lives, the staff just said, “see I told you they were nuts.”
Living without your brain can’t really be called “life.”December 5, 2016 at 10:30 am #85660
Mary Elizabeth I had a funny and horrible story with being against psychiatry. I mean. I do not encourage regular psychiatry… but there are always issues. I had a horrible mania because of effexor in 2012 it was a nightmare, always thought I would never be happy again. First time in my life I remember being that way… and then found out that the drugs created that. So I was furious, angry (still) and disappointed… how can I look for help and something so horrible happen. So I was raving.. and reading everything anti psychiatry and so on… So I just said, Im fine… lets just take some aminoacids and i started to feel much better… and happier, and great… Believing that the world was all controlled by pharmaceuticals and so on… a bit delusional. Little did I know that I was manic again.. for almost 5 months… and depressed for another 5 months after… Because of GLUTAMINE. So off course i do not support psychiatry… but really realized my brain is different and we need ways on knowing how to treat it… Really glutamine caused horrors in me… and it was supposed to have no side effects… But then I red, it does, in people with bipolar condition… So I just don’t know…. wish I could have my life back… And be happy again… I just lost all my friends because of my treatment with psychiatry and the mania i got into…. But then depressed and not finding to strength to make things differentDecember 5, 2016 at 10:32 am #85661
Louise Bark It’s a catch-22 isn’t it? Bad psychiatry has traumatized us and, in order to get the trauma treated, we must go to… a psychiatrist.
What’s helped me to cope is to realize that psychiatry is not the answer and I must avoid psychiatrists at all costs.
I’ve learned to recognize that the system is corrupt, they damaged me, I did nothing wrong to invite that damage, and I can’t undo that damage.
I can, however, develop a mindset of telling others to stuff it when they judge me. If anyone wants to criticize my meltdowns in public, I say let them. I defy anyone to live the hell I lived through inside the psychiatric system and come out as healthy, and as full of life as I have.
I can’t undo the years of restraints, seclusion, being told I’m sick, being hospitalized for 22 years, some of those years being on a forensic ward with murderers when I never commit a crime, etc.
I can, however, show the world that I am “Normal.”
I learned how to focus my energies on getting well – eating a healthy diet (after learning how to cook first – I didn’t know how when I first got out of the system), getting exercise, and then finding things to do out in society.
I had no social skills and had no idea how to converse with others in the public when I first went into those social settings. Heck, my situation was much like it would be for a person who has just been sprung from jail after many years of incarceration. The difference is, there’s no John Howard Society or Elizabeth Fry society, or any other type of support groups or services to teach us how to reintegrate into life.
Computers became a reality for me back in 1996 – one of the first years I was trying to rehabilitate myself.
I decided to use it to look for work, look up answers to questions, learn how to cook, to do laundry, to shop, to… and the list goes on.
To find things in the community, I went to church even though, at the time, I doubted things about faith. In the bulletin were activities – some in the church, some outside of the church – and most of them were free.
I went to them.
I then found other free things and went to them. Next I looked for volunteer work. I got a bit, but most volunteer jobs were hard to come by now that Ontario has made volunteering mandatory for students to get through school.
I changed my focus to looking for paid work. I found things – not much – but a bit. I did placements, got jobs that lasted a short time and then ended because my wheelchair accessible transit couldn’t accommodate the hours of work…
And I gained self-confidence. I realized – I can do this.
Will the wounds of my past ever go away? Not likely.
I have, however, learned to put the past in its place. I can’t change it. I can, however make the present and the future a lot better.
Thinking this way, over the years, ended up also vanquishing my depression. I didn’t realize it at first, but now I can look back and realize that all these actions of taking charge of my life and doing whatever I could to move forward, empowered me. The more I became empowered, the better I was able to feel better and less sick.
I hope that by sharing this experience, it will help others as well.
I’ve been psychiatrist free since 1998 and medication free since 2002.
It can be done!!December 5, 2016 at 10:34 am #85662
Margaret Rose Allen Anciola Well said, Dmitry…ALL of the psychiatrists I ever met seem to me to be either ignorant and addicted to controlling other people at best, or sadists at worst.
You can use science to justify anything. Psychiatrist persecute the odd and justify it by calling it science (you can’t have lab rats running around freeDecember 5, 2016 at 10:35 am #85663
Misters, the citizens, the people … Psychiatry – a terrible evil! Psychiatry is criminal by its very purpose. One can hardly come up with something more monstrous and absurd, than “cure” a person from his own thoughts and beliefs, of individuality, properly from himself. But psychiatrists with monstrous persistence to impose society misanthropic installations. And herewith have tremendous power! Under their make adjustments officials, media and the government itself.
Wake up people, what monster you support your silence! On what a nightmare that you foredoom the numerous victims, perhaps your loved ones.
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Tracy Puglisi Please join psychiatric survivors, activists, mindfreedom members on a conference call to discuss strategies to defeat the FDA proposed rules on reclassifying the ECT Shock device. Please read details below:
Wednesday, January 13 @ 2pm eastern time, 1 pm central time, 10 am pacific time, 12 pm mountain time.
1-605-475-2090 pin code: 873270
Get involved with a national strategy to defeat the FDA proposed rule downclassifying the shock device from a class III experimental device to a class II device that would put it in the same class device as a wheelchair or eyeglasses. For more information and links to FDA efforts please see: https://www.madinamerica.com/2015/12/shoto-say-no/December 5, 2016 at 11:06 am #85667
Mari Black In the UK Many Heroin /drug users are treated within psychiatric units , under the guise of ‘ Dual Diagnosis’; ie. Drug addiction may cause mental ilness, therefore ….we will prescribe psychiatric medications.
I suspect that many deaths caused by inappropriately prescribed psychiatric drugs are erroneously recorded as suicides / illegal drug overdoses, destructive lifestyle ‘choices’ and other self blame theories.
The accent in psychiatric wards is on control , compliance , sedation and not on rehabiltation or recognition.
https://www.facebook.com/n/?madinameric0gmail.comDecember 5, 2016 at 11:08 am #85668
Anna Hunja Kalenuik FORCED VACCINATIONS, FORCED PSYCHIATRY IS A HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE.
Please show your support for
THE AUSTRALIAN ANTIPAEDOPHILE PARTY.
(who are against Child Abuse in all forms).
from the website.
“The Australian Antipaedophile Party Est. 2015, is now fully registered with the Australian Electoral Commission and we intend to contest the next elections.
http://www.australianantipaedophileparty.com/December 5, 2016 at 11:09 am #85669
Robert Cunliffe Sadness of a poignancy
That gripped the air by the throat
And banged its head against a long grey wall,
Would make its presence felt,
Descend upon us,
Envelop us entirely,
Take us over,
Until we were nothing other than it.
We were sadness and it was us.
And we would sit there, floored,
Barely able to breathe,
Let alone speak.
Taking it all in,
Open to the four winds,
In a skinless nightmare.
Resistance was futile.
It wasn’t even on the cards.
Despair, thick as cream,
Too thick for a pin to drop,
Pervaded every corner of every room.
In one room
A young man,
Two young men,
Both inconsolably depressed,
Took turns to sit
Hoods up, heads bent
Over a convector heater,
Conjoining it with their bodies.
For an hour or two,
In complete silence,
Taking the incessant noisy blasts
Of hot warm air
Full in the face,
Some spilling down their chests.
Melting the iceberg of their depression.
Feeling oh so cold
And wanting to be warm again.
Whatever the reason,
They seemed to be the better for it
In another room,
The TV room,
Sat in comfy seats and sofas,
The heavily medicated.
Calmer now, more ensconced
Than they had been
A month or week ago.
The odd pleasantry,
The odd comment,
The odd arrangement –
So and so’s going to the shop.
But the banter now was wafer-thin,
Pipes and whistles,
Dissipated in an instant.
And along the corridors
Marched all day long
And much of the night
The massed ranks
Of the insanely anxious,
Whose memories would not let them go
For an instant.
What they were living
And reliving and reliving
Only they knew
And no one else did.
Trying to walk out
The pain that had been driven into them
And was still lodged there
Of an eight-inch cold steel knife.
Or words to that effect.
And there were the tea-drinkers,
The cuppa soupers,
The make-the-most-of-it brigade.
Their strong point
Their weak point
Just the same.
There’s only so much talk
One can take,
Anyone can take,
Before falling silent again.
I’m just going to lie down
On my bed again for a while.
And then there were the jolly japers,
Could have been anywhere, really,
Made no difference,
All the same to them.
The party animals,
Never give uppers,
Whatever was going on
They wanted to be in the frame.
Even in a locked ward,
Life can be a riot.
No, I’m Spartacus.
No, I’m Spartacus.
Until such times as
The depot injection kicks in,
And subduction reigns.
Stoddart House, Stoddart House,
Bird, beast, man, mouse.
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