I am new to this forum and I want to start a conversation about negative long-term (and short-term) effects of psychiatric drugs (mood stabilizers, stimulants, anti-anti-depressants, atypical psychotics and etc.).Great place to start would be discuss the Robert Whitaker’s book, Anatomy of Epidemic. He is a science historian who unearthed enormous body of research done by the scientists on the mechanism and effects of psychiatric drugs.
I would like to hear from the people who:
- Read the book and wanted to share their opinions.
- Are thinking of taking psychiatric drugs but are concerned with side-effects.
- Suffered from physical and mental side-effects of the drugs. Or knew somebody who was negatively affected by the drugs.
- Are using alternative ways to treat mental disorders.
- Withdrew from the drugs. How and why?
I would like to ask the people who believe in absolute necessity, efficacy and safety of psychiatric drugs, to NOT POST on this thread. You can open your own thread for that. Please let us have a peaceful and safe place to talk about these tough issues. If I see people attacking and criticizing me and other posters for having this conversation, I will report you to Moderator, and/or remove this thread from the forum. Thank you!
Few points from the book:
- There is no scientific evidence to the concept of “chemical imbalance”. Try as they might, pharmaceutical companies and independent researchers did not find any evidence that people with mental issues have “chemical imbalance”. In many cases biochemistry of the brain cannot explain mental illness. The myth of “chemical imbalance” was created and marketed by Nancy Andreason (The Broken Brain author) and other psychiatrists to increase sales of anti-depressants.
- Psychiatric drugs create chemical imbalance in the brain over the long-term, and as one researcher put it, “brain starts to function in abnormal way”. The damage to the brain could be in some cases irreversible and some drugs are highly addictive.
- Psychiatric drugs are effective in short-term relief of symptoms but are found to have negative effects on physical and mental well-being of patients if taken long-term. The list of negative effects is long and frightening. Most people taking drugs long-term do not experience positive benefits; rather they develop new health symptoms, which in turn have to be treated with additional drugs.
- Psychiatric drugs help some people to get well and stay well but researchers cannot explain how and why that happens (they are shooting in the dark by endlessly switching medical combos until they find something that works).
- Bipolar epidemic among American adults and children is iatrogenic in nature.