If you’ve read the article A truly terrifying Hallowe’en read I posted last week on the scope, breadth, and depth of the harms of psychiatric medication (click here) there is a little Good News. There’s not much out there, but there are several important websites and other forums that discuss openly the dangers of pharmaceuticals and the resistance of the Medical Establishment.
David Healy is a Welsh psychiatrist, author, and outspoken critic of his profession. His website is davidhealy.org. He and several colleagues have assembled a goldmine of information at withdrawal.rxisk.org. This website is dedicated to educating patients on how to involve their physicians to taper from SSRIs and other medications. Word fail me.
Surviving Antidepressents (survivingantidepressants.org) is an outstanding Australian patient-oriented website/blog.
Here are a few additional sources:
The Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry (cepuk.org) is a non-profit organization from the UK which is dedicated to educating the public about the state of the psychiatric profession. In typical English fashion, he has a gift for understatement and a love of irony (“Voting isn’t a scientific activity” and “No, no no! We can’t include that behaviour as a symptom because I do that!”) CEPUK recently gave an intensive workshop which is available on YouTube. The first of the series is Dr. James Davis’ lecture: The Origins of the DSM (click here).
Dr. Peter Breggin has a series of short videos entitled Simple Truths about Psychiatry (click here) . His wonderful videos explain SSRIs and their effect on the human brain, as well as a video explaining ADHD etc. His website is breggin.com. His book Psychiatric Drug Withdrawl: A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and their Families is a well-written, patient-centered resource to assist prescribing physicians, therapists, and family members to help individuals safely withdraw from psychiatric medications.
madinamerica.com is Robert Whittaker’s website. He is the Pulitzer Prize nominated investigative journalist who singlehandedly brought this travesty of human suffering to light. This book The Anatomy of an Epidemic is available at your local bookstore and is very easy to read.
deadlymedicines.dk is Peter Gøtzsche’s website.
One last resource I recommend to patients on a continual basis: rxisk.org is a phenomenal resource for patients to look up and report adverse effects from (and and all) prescription medications. So many patients have told me, “Well, if I’d known that, I would have never taken xyz in the first place!” The site is very easy to navigate and is (mostly) written in plain english.