27 June 2010

psyche/mental health issues - Side effects of psychiatric drugs

FROM THE Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) WEBSITE:
     Psychiatric drugs including antidepressants, antipsychotics and stimulants have serious, life threatening side effects and patient’s are rarely warned about the full risks of these drugs.
     International drug regulatory agencies including the U.S. FDA warn that commonly prescribed psychiatric drugs can and do cause worsening depression, mania, aggression, psychosis, depersonalization, diabetes, hallucinations, suicidal and homicidal thoughts, heart attack, stroke and sudden death. And what’s worse, these are drugs commonly being prescribed to children and even infants.
     CCHR has long fought for full disclosure of psychiatric drug risks, and was one of the first organizations to expose the suicidal and violent inducing effects of antidepressants as far back as 1991, calling on the FDA to take action and issue public warnings.
     It would take the FDA 13 years to finally issue black box warnings on antidepressants causing suicidal ideation.
NOTE: I'm often wary of sourcing CCHR* for its critiques, because of their historic ties to both the Church of Scientology and the disparaging label of "anti-psychiatry". However, this is a good video with a punch based on facts, not advertising bromides.
     But being critical of Big Pharma's own historic negligence at owning up to adverse side effects of psychiatric medications does not make one either a Scientologist or anti-psychiatry. Just stating the facts.
CLARIFICATION: * CCHR is the Citizen Commission on Human Rights International. It was co-founded in 1969 by members of the Church of Scientology
and Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus Dr. Thomas Szasz at a time when patients were being warehoused in institutions and stripped of all constitutional, civil and human rights.

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