Years ago I read Robert Whitaker's "Anatomy of an Epidemic." Years before that, in graduate school, I read Peter Breggin's "Toxic Psychiatry," and I've read many books in between. I started educating myself about the problems and dangers of psychiatric medication, because I noticed that the patients I saw on them not only were not getting better, but some of them were getting worse, despite being given more drugs and higher dosages. I saw this in outpatient settings, day treatment programs, and in a state mental hospital. Often I saw psychotherapy helped people when years of being on drugs had not. Now in private practice, sometimes I see a person who is on so much medication that they can't feel and can't think--and therefore, they can't benefit from psychotherapy, because in order to change you have to be aware. I've particularly seen the damage antipsychotics or neuroleptics can do. Check out this new article by Robert Whitaker who cites a recently published peer reviewed research study on the effectiveness of these drugs https://www.madinamerica.com/2015/12/timberrr-psychiatrys-evidence-base-for-antipsychotics-comes-crashing-to-the-ground/
Sarah Edmonds, PhD is a licensed psychologist, a mom, an activist, and a lover of dance.