Provoking Anxiety

hallo, Gutmorgen

I have a leter to the editor printed in one of Eugene's Newspapers -
Provoking Anxiety
by Daniel Burdick in The Eugene Weekly

I used the opportunity to post to the BMJ Thomas Szasz responces
in the British Medical Journal, BMJ online:

Peter Breggin, M.D.

When trying to withdraw from many psychiatric drugs, patients can develop serious and even life-threatening emotional and physical reactions. In short, it is dangerous not only to start taking psychiatric drugs but also can be hazardous to stop taking them. Therefore, withdrawal from psychiatric drugs should be done under clinical supervision. Principles of drug withdrawal are discussed in Your Drug May Be Your Problem: How and Why to Stop Taking Psychiatric Medications, by Peter R. Breggin, M.D. and David Cohen, Ph.D. Other information on Prozac and Prozac-like drugs can be found in Talking Back to Prozac by Peter R. Breggin, M.D. and Ginger Ross Breggin.

Book: Your Drug May Be Your Problem
Peter Breggin, M.D. and David Cohen, Ph.D.

A pill cutter and grinder can be bought from life extension
"Withdrawal symptoms can be severe with psychiatric drugs. If you stop using them, do it slowly."

Biopsychiatry and Hearing Voices:
On the Making and Unmaking of a Child
into a "Mentally Ill Patient"

by John Breeding, Ph.D.

book: The Wildest Colts Make The Best Horses
The challenge for Jane and Steve, and for all of us parents, is to clear out anything that gets in the way of being delighted with our children. And the best way I know to do that is to love and appreciate ourselves and our children.
Besides the aspects of emotional recovery I've been emphasizing, there is the concrete reality of drug withdrawal. Psychiatric drugs are potent and generally addictive, meaning that tolerance and dependency are developed. In general terms, withdrawal should be systematic and gradual. Excellent self-care in such areas as rest and nutrition is important. The so-called 10% rule is a useful guideline; incremental dose reductions, 10% at a time. It is important to understand that withdrawal may take several months, with uncomfortable symptoms all along the way. It is common to experience all of the drug effects, and all of the suppressed original "symptoms," typically in reverse of the order in which they were suppressed by the drugs. Peter Breggin's books (1990; 1994) offer useful guidelines on drug withdrawal, as does David Richman's Dr. Caligari's Psychiatric Drugs (1984). The supervision of a qualified medical doctor is recommended.

Emotional Discharge
I have addressed the importance of emotional discharge as our built-in mechanism for healing from the effects of hurt. Jane and Steve needed to discharge some of the chronic hopelessness they were carrying to move into the possibility of reclaiming their daughter from Psychiatry. They needed to discharge fear which might stop them when the inevitable crises and obstacles occurred. Residues of shame and guilt that interfered with clear and positive thinking and action needed to be faced. In addition, the faces of anger, an unavoidable part of all relationships and undoubtedly present with all this family has been through, need to be expressed and worked with in a safe and appropriate way. Finally, perhaps at the deepest level, they need to feel and express the sorrow for all that had been suffered and lost over these years. Stephanie, too, needs to spend some time expressing her own experiences and feelings with encouragement, safety and support. Ten weeks into our work together, this family's recovery is well under way,. Already, Stephanie is off the Adderall, and her Lithium dosage is reduced by 50%. Soon she will be done with the Lithium, and begin tapering off the Risperdal. Jane and Steve have been great, educating themselves, being very direct with both the school and the psychiatrist about what they are doing. They have been willing to look at themselves, to make changes, to encourage and stand by Stephanie. Not that itÕs been easy, nor is it a done deal. I want to end this article with this week's example of the ongoing challenge.


Recovery: Responsibility and Roadblocks
Jim Gottstein, 2003

Nutrition is Key to Mental Health
Well Mind Association of Minnesota
Safe Harbor's upcoming Non Pharma II conference
The Alternative Mental Health News, May 2003

Dangers of Psychiatric Drugs
Audio: Annie Arman Live!

Law Project for Psychiatric Rights

By Dennis Cauchon

House Committee on Veteran's Affairs
The Unethical Use of Human Beings
in High Risk Research Experiments*

By Adil E. Shamoo, Ph.D.*
Citizens for Responsible Care and Research

Book: Coming Off Psychiatric Drug's
Peter Lehrman

Letter to:
James H. Scully, Jr., M.D., Medical Director
American Psychiatric Association
From: Fred Baughman, MD, Mary Boyle, PhD, Peter Breggin, MD, David Cohen, PhD, Ty Colbert, PhD, Pat Deegan, PhD, Al Galves, PhD,
Thomas Greening, PhD, David Jacobs, PhD, Jay Joseph, PhD, Jonathan Leo, PhD, Bruce Levine, PhD, Loren Mosher, MD, Stuart Shipko, MD

Grüße, Dan
Hallo Michael

Danke für den Beitrag. Aber kannst Du zumindest soviel in Deutsch dazu schreiben, dass man weiss, um was es geht? Natürlich kann man nicht alle englischen Quellen übersetzen, aber sehr vieles um die Links herum in Deutsch kommentieren.
Du kannst den erstellten Beitrag noch verändern.

Gruss, Marcel