In May of 2015, The British Medical Journal published an article by Professor Peter C Gøtzsche of Nordic Cochrane Centre, Rigshospitalet, Denmark, who asserts “We could stop almost all psychotropic drug use without deleterious effect.”
Professor Gøtzsche questions drug trials that intentionally mask harmful effects (while at the same time overstating benefits). He points out that in the Western world, more than half a million people over age 65 die each year as a result of psychiatric drugs.
Of course, this does not take into effect others who are killed or injured just by being in the line of fire of a psychiatric drug victim on a killing rampage. Nor does it include those under the age of 65 who are killed by psychiatric drug use.
Deaths during psychiatric drug trials are underreported as well. One of the problems is the FDA only counts those deaths as being drug related if they occur within 24 hours of stopping the drug. However, according to the British Medical Journal, “The increased [suicide] rates in the first 28 days of starting and stopping antidepressants emphasize the need for careful monitoring of patients during these periods.”
Tardive Dyskinesia: Permanent Psychiatric Injury
Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is a debilitating disorder caused by many psychiatric drugs. According to psychiatrist Dr. Peter Breggin, the current assertion that the newer atypical antipsychotic drugs rarely cause TD is not consistent with the truth.
A victim of this psychiatrically induced disorder may have any voluntary muscle group affected, including the face, eyelids, mouth, tongue, shoulders, torso, arms and legs. It can also afflict muscles controlling swallowing, speaking and even breathing.
It may take 3-6 months of drug exposure for TD to manifest in a patient, but there are cases that become afflicted after only a few doses. The disorder has several different manifestations from slow, jerky movements to a form that involves extremely painful muscle spasms. There is even one form that causes agonizing inner turmoil, causing the victim to move frantically to try and relieve the sensation.
Besides the disfiguring aspects of the condition, it is also disabling and sometimes exhausting. Once a person has this condition for several months (or if it is especially severe) it will most likely be irreversible. It can affect a person of any age, and there is no cure.
Psychiatric Drugs and Newborn Injury
When thalidomide was given to women in the 1950s resulting in severe birth defects in their unborn children, the drug was taken off the market for pregnant women.
Yet psychiatrists recommend antidepressant drugs to pregnant women with abandon. And yes, birth defects have increased accordingly. They can be as debilitating as a child born without a forebrain or a child born with organs outside the body.
Antidepressant SSRI use during pregnancy has resulted in serious heart defects in the infant as well.
According to Dr. Peter Breggin, “In December of 2005, the FDA issued a Public Health Advisory warning that the risk of congenital malformation, especially of the heart, was increased by the consumption of Paxil in the first trimester of pregnancy.”
Babies born to women who took antidepressants during their pregnancy enter the world in agony. A study done found that 30% of newborns exposed in utero to these drugs had withdrawal symptoms. The symptoms included irritability, high-pitched or weak crying, poor muscle tone, tremors, rapid breathing, disturbed sleep and respiratory distress.
What will it take to dissuade psychiatrists from their wanton and seemingly unstoppable intrusion into our lives and health?
Our children and future generations will not be safe until the psychiatric scourge is recognized for what it is: death and injury masked by a thin veneer of sneering help.