17 November 2023

Medicating Normal

Medicating Normal

A documentary film about the dangers of psychiatric drugs and doctors’ and psychiatrists’ lack of understanding. Featuring some of the top world experts in psychiatry and psychiatric drugs.

Every patient and their families, and all doctors, psychiatrists and psychologists and medical students, all teachers, health service managers, politicians, journalists and media proprietors should watch these films.

Everybody who profits financially from prescribed psychiatric drugs should watch these films together with the makers and purveyors of the drugs the film is about.

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2 November 2023

Broken Medical Science

Broken Medical Science – Professor Peter Gøtzsche with other leading experts discusses the relationship between medical practice and the corporate companies who make and sell drugs and other medical treatments.

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25 September 23

Tapering psychiatric drugs

Link to the website for:

Tapering Strips

If you reduce—that is, taper—the dose of psychiatric drugs too quickly you risk causing serious emotional, psychological, mental and physical suffering far worse than the depression or anxiety or psychosis or any other psychiatric diagnosis you were given them for.

Once you start taking psychiatric drugs the normal functions in the cells in your body, including those in the brain, are disrupted by the drug and become dependent on the drug. This is similar to but not the same as addiction to drugs like heroin or cocaine or opioid painkillers.

Taking drugs such as antidepressants do not cure anything but they do seriously increase the number of people who commit suicide. Some people believe they feel better because they are taking the drug, but this is mainly because when their senses are numbed, as if by an emotional anaesthetic, they are pleased not to feel so depressed or so anxious. It is like taking a painkiller for headache: it is a great relief not to be in pain, but the painkiller does not cure anything, it only numbs the senses to the pain for a while.

Stopping or reducing the doses too quickly with any psychiatric drugs all too often cause unbearable feelings, sensations and thoughts that are far worse than what they were given for.

The exact amount the dose is reduced by and how often it is reduced is very important. The cells in your body are highly sensitive to the tiniest changes. If the reduction is only slightly too large it can leave the cells with just slightly too little to heal and function normally again. This often has unbearable effects—even when the amount reduced is only very slightly too large.

Cutting pills and tablets with knives or razor blades or pill-cutters, for example, are usually too inaccurate especially when the dose is small. It can be extremely difficult to reduce the dose accurately, even with the liquid form of the drug if that is available, which it often is not.

Jewellery weighing-scales can help but some people find it too difficult to measure the exact weight they are reducing the drug by with these scales.

For this reason a small group of research workers in the Netherlands with Dr Peter Groot invented Tapering Strips in which a compounding pharmacy is able to measure the exact amount of drug in each tablet. Dr Groot and his colleagues have done a lot of research on tapering using different methods and the Tapering Strips have the best results.

You can read and make enquiries about Tapering Strips here and how to order them.

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1 July 23

A Disorder for Everyone— 22 September 2023 — A whole day Festival.

A whole day of change-making talks, presentations, conversations, poetry etc challenging the culture of diagnosis and disorder!

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2 Jun 23

IIPDW – Link to International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal IIPDW

21 Nov 22

Listen to Professor David Healy, a world expert on psychiatric drugs, on Mad in America (MIA) podcast, talking with James Moore, about tapering and coming off psychiatric drugs.

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18 Nov 22

If you wish to stop taking prescribed psychiatric drugs you need to consider these points:

do not try to reduce the dose too quickly

even if you want to stop immediately because the side effects are so bad, you will need to be patient because if you reduce the dose too quickly you risk worse symptoms because of withdrawal – it would be like going ‘cold turkey’ when coming off drugs like heroin

be patient – it might take weeks, months or years before you can safely stop the drugs completely

The 10% rule

the general rule is to reduce the dose by 10% and then wait for at least one to two weeks for the body’s natural ability to heal itself

how long it will take depends on which drug you are taking, the dose, how long you have been taking it, your body’s fitness and ability to recover from the harmful effects of the drug and on how you can cope with the emotional onslaught – fear, anxiety, resentment, anger, helplessness, and more …

if you can find one, you should discuss tapering (reducing gradually) with a registered medical doctor who has experience with tapering these drugs – most doctors are not well-informed or, worse, are misinformed and will be against you tapering and stopping the drug

Relapse

many doctors still tell patients that symptoms when tapering the drug are due to relapse of their condition when in fact they are due to withdrawal of the drug

withdrawal symptoms are often far worse than the reason a doctor put you on the drug in the first place

Dependence

psychiatric drugs are harmful to cells in the heart, the liver, muscles, kidneys and the whole nervous system and this makes the cells dependent on the drugs

doctors are responsible for dependency on psychiatric drugs – you are not

doctors intend to help you but have been taught and given false information – it is a doctor’s duty to keep up to date with the research

dependence is not addiction to drugs like cocaine, morphine and heroin which people decide to take for themselves

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9 Nov 22

Tapering psychiatric drugs

World Tapering Day was held on 4, 5, 6 November 22

You can watch and listen to talks by some of the experts and those who have had experience of tapering here on the World Tapering Day YouTube channel.

When the page opens, click on the YouTube circle at the top right of the page. The talks are still being added (first as short previews and then as the full talks) and so you might have to wait until the ones you want to watch in full have been uploaded.

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Evidence and comment about psychiatric drugs

Read, watch and listen to experts write and talk about the dangers of psychiatric drugs and coming off them.

The Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry

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Interview with Dr Clive Sherlock talking about how Adaptation Practice helps people avoid the need to take psychiatric drugs and if they do take them, then helps them taper and stop the drugs.

Watch the interview