In the past decade, suicide has become an epidemic plaguing the military and veteran community, with upwards of 20 suicides a day by veterans, service members, Guard Members and Reservists. To play a role in combatting this crisis, Mad in America has developed this resource section for veterans, service members, and their families to identify risks associated with the prescribing of antidepressants and other psychiatric medication, and to identify alternatives to the dominant drug-based model of mental health. If you have queries about this page please get in touch with Robert Whitaker at [email protected]
Substance Use and Externalizing Behaviors Predict Suicide Attempts in Veterans, Not “Serious Mental Illness”
From Wonder Drug to Catastrophe: My Seroquel Story
The Persistent, Misdirected Search for Causes of Trauma-based Suffering
Paula J. Caplan – Listen to a Veteran
An Open Letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie: A Plan for Deprescribing Veteran Suicides
David Joslin – Remedy Alpine, Giving Veterans the Power to Seek Personal Discovery
From the Archives
Support This Initiative
Mad in America Foundation needs your support to sustain this resource and critical psychiatry forum for veterans, military members, and their families. Please donate here, and check off the veterans box to support this initiative.
If you have a personal story to tell, or are involved in psychiatric care in some way, please send an inquiry to us.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the American Legion have begun to seek answers as to the role of antidepressant medications in causing suicides of service members, veterans and their families. Check back soon to learn more about what they are working on to save the lives of those within this community.
For more info on suicide and antidepressants, see MIA report on Suicide in the Age of Prozac.
There are multiple resources on Mad in America for researching the effects of psychiatric drugs, alternative non-drug therapies, and withdrawal from such medications. These various resources are listed in the menu bar under drugs and parents. Specifically:
In-depth reviews of antipsychotics and antidepressants; non-drug therapies for anxiety, depression and PTSD; and withdrawal resources, includes a directory of providers who will support people who want to taper from psychiatric medications. The Parents section provides similar reviews of treatments for children and adolescents.
In addition, you can access our archival reports of findings about psychiatric drugs that have been published in peer-reviewed journals.