Earlier this week I wrote about an article I found in Mad In America about the use of anti-psychotics. Today I read summaries of important studies that looked at the outcomes of people using these medications compared to those who do not. The studies showed that outcomes of people who became long term users declined compared to those who never used them or weaned themselves off the medications. All of this continues to poke holes in the theory that people who have had experience of mental illness suffer from a kind of chemical imbalance in their brains that must be corrected.
If anything, the opposite of what is currently believed may be true. That is, powerful psychiatric medications may be creating chemical imbalances in brains that worsen over time. Falling in love, developing close friendships, living in a supportive environment and getting regular exercise are far healthier and enjoyable.
So, check out these studies and let me know what you think. http://www.madinamerica.com/2010/04/schizophrenia/
- Study: anti-psychotics should be avoided in young people (beyondmeds.com)
- psych drugs not the best option for people at risk of psychosis (recoverynetworktoronto.wordpress.com)
- Unshrinking Psychosis – Summary (ahmritanaturalmentalhealth.wordpress.com)
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