Posted by med_empowered on August 18, 2008, at 20:15:00
In reply to Re: Do you people realize these meds make you wors, posted by HereToHelp on August 18, 2008, at 19:31:06
if the meds were that great, you'd think suicide rates would have fallen since the 1950s (at least in the US) since Thorazine and the early antidepressants were introduced. The opposite is true.
You'd think that the newer, better, more efficient drugs would have schizophrenics returning to work in droves, getting married, having children (and not killing themselves, going to prison, or abusing drugs). Again: not the case.
I think in psychiatry we get a lot of the same, repackaged and revamped but essenitally unchanged. For instance: the atypical antipsychotics still block dopamine. The newest batch of antidepressants are actually suspiciously similar to the tricyclics in terms of the neurotransmitters they affect. ECT is still kickin', and in some states can still be used against a peron's will.
Apparently, even psychosurgery is being quietly studied and may make a comeback...this, of course, in spite of the fact that we still don't know how the psych drugs work (or why they fail so often), much less what cutting/burning into brain tissue might do.
As a patient kind of "caught" in the system, the most disturbing aspect of modern psychiatry is how being "mentally ill" makes one subject to involuntary hospitalization/drugging. Think about it: diabetics can't be locked up and forced to take their insulin (I mean, unless they're also "mentally ill"). But once you're (bipolar, schizophrenic, schizoaffective), not only are you told you *need* to take meds, in many states you may compelled to do so (inside or outside of a mental hospital).
I thought for a long time pills were the answer. Then I turned my back on them, only to find myself locked up in a psych ward being force-fed noxious meds. These days my goal is to work my way out of the "system" and eventually free myself of my meds and my labels...from what I've read, a lot of people are finding themselves in similar situations.