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RobinA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-26-10 11:50 AM
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21. I Read The First
Whitaker book and found he has a bit :eyes: of an ax to grind. Document this, Whitaker: Come to the psychiatric hospital I work in and see people on their meds and then off their meds. Then tell me they don't work. No one says they don't have side effects, some times bad side effects. So does chemotherapy. One can always chose to be locked in a mental hospital or jail for life, some do by not taking meds, or dead of cancer because they can't tolerate chemo and all it entails. I've also observed the "no meds" psychiatric movement where people try to, with a lot of support from friends and family, coping skills training, and above average insight try to go medless. They always come and talk when they are doing well and medless seems possible. Ask about them five years later. Sadly, all too many have invoked the ultimate "coping skill." Is dead better than diabetic from psych. meds? Unfortunately, we can't ask them.
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  -Americas mental illness epidemic: It turns out that the drugs are the problem ensho  Aug-26-10 09:47 AM   #0 
  - actually, ignorance and laziness are the problem  ixion   Aug-26-10 09:47 AM   #1 
  - ignorance can be fixed by awareness, one hopes  pitohui   Aug-26-10 09:54 AM   #3 
  - Seems Dr.Szasz still has followers  AngryAmish   Aug-26-10 09:48 AM   #2 
  - +1  HuckleB   Aug-26-10 04:46 PM   #43 
  - America has a mental health epidemic because...  Fumesucker   Aug-26-10 09:54 AM   #4 
  - My state of mind is greatly improved when I take time away from DU!  CrispyQ   Aug-26-10 10:00 AM   #6 
  - If ignorance is indeed bliss then why aren't more Americans happy?  Fumesucker   Aug-26-10 10:38 AM   #16 
  - Poll found that Republicans score higher on the happiness scale  Cetacea   Aug-26-10 02:18 PM   #30 
     - Yeah, but do you ever actually *listen* to Republicans?  Fumesucker   Aug-26-10 02:24 PM   #31 
        - I try not to any more.. I need to protect my remaining sanity  Cetacea   Aug-26-10 02:37 PM   #35 
  - +2  Cetacea   Aug-26-10 02:17 PM   #29 
  - +1  Cetacea   Aug-26-10 02:17 PM   #28 
  - I am a person who takes psychiatric drugs on a daily basis.  county worker   Aug-26-10 09:58 AM   #5 
  - Yeah. WTF is up with drugs being called "the" problem?  Orsino   Aug-26-10 10:02 AM   #7 
  - Yep. Just about perfect.  cliffordu   Aug-26-10 10:31 AM   #12 
  - There is a place for psychiatric drugs, but IMO the problem stems  RaleighNCDUer   Aug-26-10 11:27 AM   #20 
     - Here is my experience. I was clinically depressed. It came on when I was unemployed in the early  county worker   Aug-26-10 12:08 PM   #22 
     - +1 million  MorningGlow   Sep-02-10 09:22 AM   #53 
     - Thanks for pushing the BS cliches of the CAM scam artists.  HuckleB   Sep-02-10 10:21 AM   #54 
  - Thid doctor sounds unhinged. Did you read the claims he's making here?  EFerrari   Aug-26-10 10:07 AM   #8 
  - Tom Cruise, is that you?  foxfeet   Aug-26-10 10:15 AM   #9 
  - There's no such thing as mental illness, just weak moral character.  HiFructosePronSyrup   Aug-26-10 10:17 AM   #10 
  - ..and, of course, HFCS-induced blithery mutant rave rant iNsaNiteeeee  SpiralHawk   Aug-26-10 10:24 AM   #11 
     - You're really into this quack movement, aren't you? Is there any junk science you won't believe?  HiFructosePronSyrup   Aug-26-10 10:32 AM   #13 
        - Please take your meds, hi-P  SpiralHawk   Aug-26-10 10:37 AM   #15 
        - Please take yours.  HiFructosePronSyrup   Aug-26-10 10:38 AM   #17 
        - Junk science  Cetacea   Aug-26-10 02:33 PM   #34 
           - I suspect that your notion of ECT is informed by Hollywood portrayals  Orrex   Sep-02-10 07:34 AM   #52 
  - While the medication may be misused, this kind of crap quackery helps no one. I say this as someone  Brickbat   Aug-26-10 10:35 AM   #14 
  - +1  Bluerthanblue   Aug-26-10 12:33 PM   #23 
     - Honestly, this shit drives me up the nearest wall.  Brickbat   Aug-26-10 01:22 PM   #24 
  - For this age group, by all means take your meds.....  suston96   Aug-26-10 11:14 AM   #18 
  - Ah yet another clueless person CITING A SNAKE OIL SALESMAN  TZ   Aug-26-10 11:15 AM   #19 
  - Misinformation works both ways  Cetacea   Aug-26-10 02:27 PM   #33 
  - +1.  superduperfarleft   Aug-26-10 02:40 PM   #37 
  - +1 !!!!!!  HuckleB   Aug-26-10 05:11 PM   #44 
  - I Read The First  RobinA   Aug-26-10 11:50 AM   #21 
  - Hmmm...years ago I was prescribed Xanax and became hooked on the things  TK421   Aug-26-10 01:27 PM   #25 
  - My boyfriend was really unstable while he was on psych meds - stopped taking them and a few months  uncommon   Aug-26-10 01:30 PM   #26 
  - Drug pushers are laughing all the way to the bank  mike r   Aug-26-10 01:34 PM   #27 
  - Exactly! While many will continue to demonize those who see the other side of this "epidemic", it  bobbolink   Aug-26-10 02:25 PM   #32 
     - Almost killed dozens with my bare hands, in a Baja Fresh.  WingDinger   Aug-26-10 02:51 PM   #39 
        - I'm sure you have a link  Codeine   Aug-26-10 06:15 PM   #46 
        - Nope, no link.  Codeine   Sep-02-10 01:11 PM   #56 
  - Those horrible "Big Pharma" drugs saved my life.  Codeine   Aug-26-10 02:38 PM   #36 
  - Another post I agree with wholeheartedly.  superduperfarleft   Aug-26-10 02:42 PM   #38 
  - I lived it. Glad they work for you.  WingDinger   Aug-26-10 02:53 PM   #40 
  - +1 - same here  EvolveOrConvolve   Aug-26-10 06:03 PM   #45 
  - The withdrawal can present problems. But without some medications,  mmonk   Aug-26-10 03:01 PM   #41 
  - There is truth on both sides of this issue. Many people have been helped by medication. However,  laughingliberal   Aug-26-10 04:23 PM   #42 
  - Pharmacological event. nt  Codeine   Aug-26-10 06:17 PM   #47 
  - Sure there are some abuses, but they also help some people  porkrind   Aug-26-10 11:57 PM   #48 
  - Using mercola.com as a reference...  trotsky   Aug-27-10 07:31 AM   #49 
  - That benzo.org.uk website is awesome.  JoeyT   Aug-27-10 08:34 AM   #50 
  - Mercola? EPIC FAIL!  Odin2005   Aug-27-10 10:01 PM   #51 
  - Some drugs have nasty withdrawal symptoms, OP link is crap. Luv these 2 sentences....  uppityperson   Sep-02-10 10:42 AM   #55 
  - Wasn't there something called the crazymakers a book? Movie??  HysteryDiagnosis   Sep-12-10 09:31 AM   #57 
  - Drugs are overprescribed by some doctors, but many people go untreated,  AmandaMae   Sep-14-10 10:13 PM   #58 
 

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