Psychiatry wake up call, folks.
OK, so, amidst the growing masses of people blindly accepting modern psychiatry without deep thought or criticism, I’ve decided to take it upon myself to give some of you a reality check, because apparently social media is the most viable method of appealing to said masses these days:
These are factual statements backed up by research. I’ll be happy to source anything anyone questions, if they’re too incapable of doing a Google search for themself.
-antidepressants are overprescribed.
-neuroleptics are being prescribed for uses not approved by the FDA and on demographics they are not approved for (young children/elderly people)
-psychiatrists are paid and lobbied by pharmaceutical companies to prescribe their drugs to people who may not need them (next time you see your prescriber, do you see their Ativan mouse pad? Their Prozac pens and Seroquel magnets?)
-neuroleptics are abused in inpatient psychiatric facilities as a means to subdue patients easily (personal anecdote)
-SSRI’s (typically used as antidepressants: prozac, etc) have been clinically proven to be not significantly more effective than placebo in the majority of cases
-all psychiatric medications have “black box warnings” that state they may exacerbate and make worse the symptoms they are used to treat, including psychosis and suicidal thoughts and actions
-aspects of personality are increasingly becoming “diagnosible illnesses” (ex: oppositional defiant disorder) in the DSM
-many commonly prescribed psychotropic medicines are addictive; they cause withdrawl so severe that a doctor must gradually wean you off of them to avoid complication
-the side effects of many of these drugs, should one be unfortunate enough to suffer from them, are worse and more intolerable than the condition they were originally supposed to treat. (Neuroleptic malignant syndrome, tardive dyskenisia, akathesia, death, to name a few)
-you can be forced to take psychiatric medication against your will by law even if the medication is causing unbearable pain, or a life not worth living, in the name of your safety or the safety of others
-the public refuses to educate itself on the corruption behind the psychotropic medication industry and instead takes the words of pharma-backed “experts” at face value (such as the widely held and yet debunked belief that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance rather than exploring the idea that it may be a result of the sufferer’s living conditions and existential angst in a crumbling capitalistic world)
-these drugs are being approved for prescription and distribution sometimes after as few as 6 weeks in clinical trial with no long term studies ever conducted before
Disclaimer: Being aware of these issues and promoting awareness should not be taken as “MEDICINES ARE ALL EVIL WAAAH” because if you find, without coercion or outside influence, that your medication is effective for you and that the benefits outweigh any risks or side effects, then all the power to you. Do not stop taking your meds over a Tumblr post, please. Even if you’ve now decided you no longer want them, you need to talk to your prescriber about other treatment options and their help in weaning you off (because, again, withdrawl may end up with you in inpatient facilities.)