- Mood-altering psychiatric drugs are no different from mood-altering ‘street’ drugs, save for the fact that they are prescribed.
- There is no chemical imbalance causing mental illness – none has ever been found, and there is scientific evidence proving that any chemical imbalance for any of the mental disorders listed in the DSN actually exists.
- Psychiatric drugs normally ‘work’ in one of two ways: as a placebo affect (ie, the patients’ belief in the treatment leads to an improvement in their condition, regardless off the innate therapeutic ability of the substance they’re given); and, any relief or benefit deriving from the drug generally only occurs over the very short term.
- Long term outcomes are not measured in clinical drug trials, with the average drug trial being conducted for just 6 weeks.
- It takes time – often at least two years – for someone with a mental illness to fully and completely recover from it, but then they usually do make a full recovery - if they don’t use psychiatric drugs. If they do use psychotropic drugs, the initial benefit quickly fades. As time goes on, their initial symptoms frequently reappear with even more force than before they started the medication, and are also joined by a whole bunch of other mental and physical ‘side affects’ – some of which can even be fatal.
- Regular long-term users of psychiatric medication will see their life-expectancy reduced by 15-20 years.
Let’s leave the word ‘knowingly’ to one side for a moment, while we again look at some facts. A little while ago, the Nutrition Institute of America published a fully-referenced report called ‘Death by Medicine’, which found the following (all the figures below only refer to the US):
- 2.2 million people a year had an adverse reaction to a drug they were prescribed while already in hospital
- 7.5 million people a year had an unnecessary medical or surgical procedure performed
- 8.9 million people were unnecessarily hospitalized
- In 2001, conventional medicine in the US caused an average of 783,936 deaths, compared to 699,697 people who died from heart disease, and 553,251 who died from cancer, over the same period.
There are some very hard questions psychiatrists need to be asked, and need to answer:
- If the information about chemical imbalances is bogus science, why aren’t they telling their patients that?
- If psychiatric drugs have been proven to be doing many of their patients much more harm than good over the long-term - and failing to ‘solve’ the underlying emotional problems – why are they continuing to prescribe them to millions of people?
- Why are psychiatrists telling their patients lies about ‘depression being like diabetes’ when that is patently untrue, and there is not a single shred of hard scientific evidence to back that up?
So that’s the problem, in a nutshell. God-willing, over the next series of posts I want to start setting out some alternative solutions and approaches to the mental and emotional health issues that are currently plaguing our society.