The Dangers of Antipsychotics

by | Jun 14, 2011

Antipsychotics (also known as neuroleptics) are psychiatric drugs used to control psychosis such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Thorazine and Haldol are brand names from “the old days” but Zyprexa and Risperdal are the common brand names we see advertised today. The theory pitched is that there is abnormal brain chemistry in people with psychosis and these drugs correct that imbalance.

Not only is there no scientific evidence of any abnormality in the brain, but these drugs actually create an imbalance by distorting brain chemistry, which results in catastrophic side effects. What the drugs actually cause are worse than the symptoms themselves before any treatment began.
More specifically, what antipsychotics do is block dopamine receptors in the brain. To keep it simple, dopamine is a chemical produced in the brain that carries messages to other nerve cells or muscles. Dopamine is vital for the nervous system to be able to function normally. Antipsychotics block this normal function and create a chemical imbalance instead of fixing one that never existed in the first place. It is basically messing around with something that is key to your survival.
What is even more alarming is that these more recently developed antipsychotics claim to have fewer side effects than those of yesteryear. The truth is not only are the same adverse side effects still around such as tardive dyskinesia, (permanent involuntary repetitive body movements), but the list is much longer and more life-threatening. The most disturbing one is akathisia, which is a nervous agitation where one can’t sit still or ever get comfortable so that one feels like crawling out of one’s own skin. As a result, violence and suicide are also associated with this condition.
When one realizes how important those messages from the brain are to normal everyday function of the body, it makes sense that when those messages are blocked other physical conditions will appear. That is why diabetes, obesity, respiratory problems, heart problems and lowered life expectancy just to name a few, are all now side effects of taking antipsychotics.
Worst of all, after taking these drugs for awhile the psychosis can return requiring a higher dosage to stop the body’s effort to compensate for the detrimental effect of the drug. This produces a vicious circle leading to a permanent chemical dependence and higher chance of adverse side effects or even death.
In light of the above side effects, what are the benefits of taking antipsychotic drugs?


  1. John Kenneth Evans III

    I am so sick of being force medicated with antipsychotic drugs. I am tense, tired, and psychotic. I blame it on the weak and intellectually lazy people who get emotional relief of off these brain damaging drugs. They are speaking for me and I don’t like it!!!

  2. Bryant R Davis

    This is interesting to read. I live in the US. In Pennsylvania. I’ve been on a few medications throughout my life. I recently had an issue of falling asleep and not being able to breathe. I.couldnt wake myself up until the absolute last second and I’d wake up gasping for air. I spent 7hrs in the emergency room and had it happen to me 3 times while.I was there. Thank God my girlfriend was there. She watched me and was able to wake me up. She said she had to shake me violently. I dont remember anybof that. I had every test imaginable and they said I’m a perfectly healthy 37yr old. They gave me a little white pill and said it was 1mg of adivant. At the time I had never heard of it. They said I had severe anxiety. I took the pill not knowing it was a benzodiazepine. It worked. The next day the dr called to ask how I was and I said I felt great. They said to ask my dr to prescribe the medication to me. Now – I hate drs. I don’t trust them. No one in my family sees a dr unless its serious. But I made an appointment. My dr had explained what that medication was and didnt want to prescribe it bc of abuse potential. I said that’s bullshit. I have been on xanax and klonopin for yrs when Inwas younger and was fine. I’ve also been prescribed every major type of narcotic pain medication you can name. ( I have had several injuries ). Never once did I have any issues with dependance. My dr put me on prozac which made me really nasty and hostile. Then wanted me to try zoloft. I said I had a bad experience with that and didn’t want it. So she prescribed me the generic version called Sertraline. I didnt know it was the same thing I’m not a dr. So I took it. I sleep walked and decided to cook some food at 3am and turned my stove on and went back to sleep and almost burned my damn house down. Then she gave me paxil. I washed my hands until they were raw. I said cant you just give me what the hospital gave me? It worked fine and I feel like a damn Guinea pig. So she did and I was fine. I guess what I’m saying is sometimes you have to stick to your guns bc only you know what is and isnt good for you. All the degrees these drs have dont mean anything.

    • Austin Outland

      I totally agree. Psychiatry is a psuedo science. They have no evidence for what is happening to people. Seeking deliverance and repentance through the Lord Jesus Christ is the only possible way to heal from these conditions, because they are more than likely cause by spiritual legalities both personal and generational.

  3. spaceWeather

    I was lured by the Mental Health Emergency Team to Liverpool Hospital in Australia where Dr. Evil detained me under Mental Health Act 2007 NSW. I never saw any alien. I never heard any voices. I feel fine. Nevertheless they forced me to take drugs. I refused. The security teams that guard me told me “take the drugs and then I will go home soon.” Dr Evil is very vicious in his assessment so they kept me there in emergency ward even though I showed NO psychotic symptoms. Sam,the security guard felt so bad that he constantly brought me good food and chat with me to kill time. The third day the security teams told me they were about to change shift and if I want to run, run after them. I did not escape because then the cops will knock at my house. So I fought for the next seven days and told doctors and nurses repeatedly that I am NOT qualified to be at the mental ward. The morning Friday on the eighth day, I walked thru 2 heavy doors to freedom. I managed to spit half the drugs during the detained and threw away all the drugs that they gave me for use after. On Sunday, 2 days later they came to my house and checked if I took the psychotic drug. I feel very violated. On Tuesday, I went to my GP and told him I was wrongly detained and drugged. In frantic, I called my lawyer
    Australia Day is coming up. For the first time ever I do not feel “celebration.” I feel Australia has big dark side that I just began to know.

  4. Jane doe

    Well I was treated for bipolar of many types. Mood disorder. Anxiety and depression. Was medicated for many years. Was told I never be free of medication. Guess what. I turn to God. God has done many miracles. With God everything is possible. Off medication. Feeling better off medication than on. It was my past and no doctor wanted to believe me. Why cause they are demon doctor. Never will I ever trust a psychiatrist. Demon doctors are they. God is good.

  5. Rachael

    I almost diagnosed with bipolar 1. In the past I have taken seroquel ( antipsychotic) but only occasionally when I can’t sleep. Lately I have been taking it much more. I have taken it now every night for a month. I wish I didn’t have to take it. When I take it then next day I am usually a bit of a zombie. But what choice do I have? It’s either that or lie awake all night or end up in the hospital with mania. I told myself last year I never wanted to have another manic episode again . I didn’t care what I had to do. Even if it ended up killing me, so I started taking meds. I can’t speak for other people but for me having a balanced brain and getting sleep is more important. I’ll take the negative side effects . I’ll avoid mania at any cost even if it means my body and my brain are getting damaged. ANd if you haven’t had mania then I guess you have no right to comment.

    • Rachael

      SOrry the beginning is supposed to say “
      I am diagnosed

  6. John

    I am sick and tired of being forced by the Australian government to take antiphychotic medications. I am treated for having scitzoeffective bipolar type disorder. What i dont understand is how corrupt the phychiatric industry is. My medications cause me to have severe headaches 24/7 and my phychiatrist wont do anything but recommend more and more different medications. Im on mood stabilizers, anti depressants, antphychotic pills and a monthly injection. I get muscle spasms , eye twitches, weight gain, severe headaches, foggy thinking and depression from these meds. This has caused me to attempt suicide once, and run away from home twice. I have no rights as a person, because as soon as i go off medications they put me on a community treatment order where i am forced to take medications. The best part is, i use to be a good, happy kid with few problems. I had friends, and i got to be one of the top students in year 12 class. If anyone needs human rights right now, it would be me…

  7. leonavis

    Well …
    I am schizophrenic and never wanted to take those meds, so they forced me to, although I was responsive and understood what I have.
    They did not save my life. They made it living hell. I gained 27 kg in half a year, couldn’t do sports, and needed to use other drugs (mainly coffein and nicotin) to be able to function at all.
    You do not need those medication for treating schizophrenics.
    However, and that’s where it gets interesting, they do block symptoms of schizophrenia; not all, not always, but some, most of the time. At least the “positive” one, like hallucinations. How do they do that? Well, by disabling the brain … kind of. The “negative” symptoms however stay. Or, to speak clearly: Give a psychotic person these meds and you have a depressive person.
    Before they got discovered CG Jung for example treated psychosis with good success without medication, but by listening to them and trying to interpret the hallucinations as “messages from the brain”; like a dream. When you can interpret correctly what’s happening, the symptoms will vanish or at least become bearable. It’s highly important to explain to the patient that his brain is not trying to hurt him and that it is okay to feel and experience what he is experiencing. Only then can he accept himself as he is and heal.
    He will still be schizophrenic though. It’s nothing bad; 1% of the population in any time at any place has it, so I suppose it has some sort of value; Schizophrenics have more fantasy, for example. Kinda logical. But he will not suffer for it.
    Well but now we do have these medications, so the doctors got lazy. Instead, how Jung did it, of actually helping people with psychosis, they started to just supress their symptoms, tell them they need to take these meds as long as possible and be done with it. Great success!

  8. Shannon

    The benefits are to save a mental ill person life. I can not only assume, but completely assure that you wrote this with having very little personal experience with mental illness. I agree, and almost fight, that the side effects associated with these medications are terrible. But they did save my life. So shut up.

    • CCHR

      The State of Florida’s Bureau of Vital Statistics reported 102,173 deaths in Florida during the first six months of 2016. Of the cases seen by Florida’s medical
      examiners, toxicology results determined that drugs were present at the time of death in 5,392 cases. 1,616 individuals (440 more deaths than the first half of 2015) died with at least one prescription drug in their system that was identified as the cause of death. Benzodiazepines were responsible for 632, including 355 alprazolam deaths alone.

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