Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Tag: adverse effects of psychiatric drugs

Q&A: How Can I Best Advocate for My Child in the...

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Steve McCrea, MA, advises on how to research options, set goals, look out for a child's interests—and speak up, if need be.

My Letter to an Advocate for Involuntary Treatment

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How long would I have to be off meds and stay safe and out of the hospital before my story would mean something to you and the advocates for chemical interventions?

Mental Health Survival Kit, Chapter 2: Is Psychiatry Evidence Based? (Part...

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Many patients end up on terribly harmful drug cocktails they might never escape from. Although it’s hard to believe, it’s getting worse.

Reporting the COVID Crisis at Psychiatric Hospitals: A Missed Opportunity

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In its coverage of the impact of COVID on psychiatric hospitals, the media missed opportunities to challenge stereotypes and interrogate problems with current carceral approaches to mental health treatment.

Lucky to Be Alive: The Suicide Attempt I Don’t Remember

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Imagine for a moment that you had a sleepwalking episode in which you tried to commit suicide.  When you awaken you are in a hospital bed, having no idea where or even who you are nor how you got there. Then someone who loves you tells you that you tried to take your own life. 

Zel Dolinsky: I Have a Right to “Death With Dignity”

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Researcher Zel Dolinsky once taught at medical school and worked as a medical writer in the pharmaceutical industry. In his last emails, he told of how the adverse effects of psychiatric drugs led him to choose to end his life.

Here’s a Surprising Extreme Heat Risk for 1 in 6 Americans

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From NBC News: "White is among the one in six Americans who take psychiatric medications. Many can interfere with the activity of the hypothalamus, a...

Still Seeking a Chemical Cure After All These Years: Lauren Slater’s...

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Blue Dreams offers a history of the development of psychiatric drugs, but is partly a memoir of the demise of the author's health during the decades she spent on psychiatric drugs. At the time of writing her memoir, Slater is not yet at the point of realizing that the mental health system is not a productive place to go for answers to depression.

The Three Most Important Facts About Psychiatric Drugs

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Psychologist and educator Michael Corrigan was a guest on my radio show and brought up some questions about how to communicate with people about psychiatric drugs. Specifically, he asked, “What are the three most important things for anyone to know about psychiatric drugs?” Here is my answer.

Vampire Medicines

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In this piece, Dr. David Healy describes the various factors contributing to the lack of awareness surrounding the harmful and potentially dangerous effects of...

How my Experience With Psychiatry Traumatized me

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In this piece for Youth Ki Awaaz, Nibu Augustine recounts his traumatic experiences with psychiatry and the mental health system, including forced drugging and adverse...

If You Don’t Have a Brain…

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When we force people to take psychiatric drugs, or lie to get them to take the drugs, we are not only harming the organ of their body called the brain—we are harming their capacity to think and to feel and to know themselves. We are limiting their personality and identity, and the expression of their soul.

Cause of Death: Unknown

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A new film, "Cause of Death: Unknown" investigates the pharmaceutical industry and the deaths that have been caused by psychiatric drugs. The film will...

Healing from Psychiatry: A Community Art Book

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I began reaching out to other psychiatric survivors, asking whether they would like to have their art featured in a book, and the response I received was amazing. People openly shared not only their art but their personal stories, their feelings, and their painful journeys into, through, and out of psychiatry.