Dead Wrong! How Psychiatric Drugs Can Kill Your Child | 23Abr2011 13:28:52


The truth about psychiatric drugs is getting out. This is the story of one mother’s quest to find out why her happy, outgoing son committed suicide shortly after being placed on psychiatric drugs. What she discovered was that suicidal and homicidal impulses are well-known side effects of these drugs. She says: “Had we been told the truth about the dangerous effects of the psychiatric drug our son was given, he would be alive today.” Psychiatrists claim their drugs are safe for children but, once you hear what eight brave mothers, health experts, drug counselors, and doctors have to say, you will conclude that these psychiatrists are dead wrong.

Anatomy of an Epidemic: Psychiatric Drugs and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America
Robert Whitaker Cambridge, MA

Over the past 50 years, there has been an astonishing increase in severe mental illness in the United States . The percentage of Americans disabled by mental illness has increased fivefold since 1955, when Thorazine-remembered today as psychiatry's first "wonder" drug-was introduced into the market . The number of Americans disabled by mental illness has nearly doubled since 1987, when Prozac-the first in a second generation of wonder drugs for mental illness-was introduced . There are now nearly 6 million Americans disabled by mental illness, and this number increases by more than 400 people each day. A review of the scientific literature reveals that it is our drug-based paradigm of care that is fueling this epidemic . The drugs increase the likelihood that a person will become chronically ill, and induce new and mote severe psychiatric symptoms in a significant percentage of patients.

Keywords : antipsychotics ; antidepressants ; mental illness; epidemic ; schizophrenia

The modern era of psychiatry is typically said to date back to 1955, when chlorpro- mazine, marketed as Thorazine, was introduced into asylum medicine . In 1955, the number of patients in public mental hospitals reached a high-water mark of 558,922 and then began to gradually decline, and historians typically credit this emptying of the state hospitals to chlorpromazine . As Edward Shorter wrote in his 1997 book, A History of Psychiatry, "Chlorpromazine initiated a revolution in psychiatry, comparable to the introduction of penicillin in general medicine" (Shorter, 1997, p . 255) . 1-laldol and other antipsychotic medications were soon brought to market, and then antidepressants and antianxiety drugs. Psychiatry now had drugs said to target specific illnesses, much like insulin for diabetes.

However, since 1955, when this modern era of psychopharmacology was born, there has been an astonishing rise in the incidence of severe mental illness in this country. Although the number of hospitalized mentally ill may have gone down, every other metric used to measure disabling mental illness in the United States has risen dramatically, so much so that E . Fuller Torrey, in his 2001 book The Invisible Plague, concluded that insanity had risen to the level of an "epidemic" (Torrey, 2001) . Since this epidemic has unfolded in lockstep with the ever-increasing use of psychiatric drugs, an obvious question arises: Is our drug-based paradigm of care fueling this modem-day plague?


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