Choice And Neuroleptic Drugs

Iatrogenic, or physician caused, disease is epidemic in the mental health care field. In my opinion this is one of the most under covered, or covered up, news stories of our time.

Neuroleptic drugs, the most common form of treatment for the label of ‘schizophrenia’, cause Tardive Dyskinesia, a severe movement disorder. Neuroleptic drugs don’t cure ‘schizophrenia’; at best they could be described as a means of managing ‘the symptoms’ of ‘schizophrenia’. Neuroleptic drugs are more pro-Tardive Dyskinesia than they ever were anti-‘psychotic’.

People in treatment for ‘serious mental illness’ develop Tardive Dyskinesia at a rate averaging 5-8% a year. This means a rate of 15-20% of the people on these drugs will develop this crippling neurological condition in 3 years time.

Neuroleptic drugs in animal studies involving Macaque Monkeys have shown brain tissue loss paralleling that damage found in the cadavers and MRI scans of people labeled ‘seriously mentally ill’. This would indicate that any damage observed was the result of the drug rather than any ‘mental illness’.

The newer atypical neuroleptic drugs, developed to have less severe effects than the original phenothiazines, have been found to cause metabolic changes associated with a number of serious health conditions. These metabolic changes are the major reason why people in mental health care are reported to be dying at an age on average 25 years younger than the general population.

Long term neuroleptic drug use shrinks the size of the frontal lobes, associated with higher brain function, and expands the size of the basal ganglia, an area of the brain associated with ‘psychosis’. Long term use of these drugs causes hypersensitivity to dopamine, the neurotransmitter their usage suppresses.

In the short term neuroleptic drug use may help calm the agitation associated with serious emotional disturbance. Used long term the effects of neuroleptic drugs are always detrimental.

It would be wrong for a drug dealer to force a drug on a person. It is equally wrong for prison wardens, psychiatrists, and mental health workers to force neuroleptic drugs on people in their care.

Nobody should ever, under any circumstances, be forced to take neuroleptic drugs against their expressed wishes.