Recently, the amazing Robert Whitaker (author of Mad in America and Anatomy of an Epidemic) was featured on CBC Radio and CBC News about the dangers of psychiatric drugs. Now, you can listen and read so I won’t rehash the information because I more so want to talk about the media role in relaying this extremely valuable information.
The media has in the past written about the dangers of psychiatric drugs:
What I am finding disturbing is that the media reports MORE on how mass shootings would decrease if more people were taking psychiatric drugs. This is again despite research that has linked psychiatric drugs to homicidal violence. Mental health is probably the only area of medicine that gives whiplash like this and not just within medicine but within our society as a whole.
It’s not like this research on psychiatric drugs (check out the The STAR”D Project) hasn’t been done or shared before! Aside from the work Whitaker has done, Dr. David Healy and Dr. Peter Breggin come to mind. Both of these psychiatrists have written, presented on the risks of psychiatric drugs and advocated for better research, public education and holistic approaches to mental health.
Their writing goes back into the 90’s so again, this is not a new idea. Psychiatric drugs have always been a problem for people.
I will never tell someone to go on psychiatric drugs. I will tell someone to come off of them if they are clearly not on the path to management or recovery. I will never deny that some people lead great lives because of the drugs they are taking. Oddly enough though people have no issue denying my experience and blaming my mental health status or brushing me off as someone who is experiencing something “rare”.
Psychiatric drugs should be one tool that we and professionals use to treat a person holisticeyally. This is not happening.
EDUCATION!!! Please educate yourself!