Psychotic Medications

I remember a psychiatric inmate, patient doesn’t begin to describe her situation, confined at Western State Hospital near Staunton Virginia who telephoned me about the effects of the psychiatric drugs she was being fed. She called them psychotic medications.

Now I’ve found a tweet that describes them in the same fashion. The tweet is found in the Jacksonville Times-Union, in a section called Florida morning blog, under the heading, Powerful Republican state Senator appears headed for showdown with Rick Scott. It is my contention that Senator Greg Evers, on this point, was more correct than the psychiatrist.

TWEET OF THE DAY – Sen. Evers to psychiatrist: “Do you prescribe psychotic medication.” Response: “No sir. I prescribe antipsychotic medication.” – @bsfarrington http://bit.ly/gSlsw6

Shrinks would try to give the impression that they have some kind of wonder cure here when they don’t have any such cure. There is no wonder cure in “medication maintenance”, as it is called, or giving lifetime prescriptions to these absolutely debilitating drugs.

The recent publication of study results from the University of Iowa Carver School of Medicine showing that long term treatment by neuroleptic drugs is the culprit in brain shrinkage rather than any “mental disorder” is a case in point.

If you you think these drugs are really “anti-psychotic”, I suggest you look again, and this time explore such subjects as Tardive Dysphrenia and Tardive Dementia.

For psychosis, there are other and more effective methods of treatment. Due to the damage that always accompanies long term neuroleptic, often catalogued under the misnomer “antipsychotic”, drug usage, I would suggest giving some of those other methods a good hearing.

The medication query was probably only a slip of tongue on Senator Evers part. Senator Evers is one of the sponsors of a bill that would allow the carrying of concealed weapons on Florida college campuses. Passage of such legislation is not a good idea at all. Although there is a possibility that such actions could have lessened the kind of carnage we saw at V-Tech in ’07, it would certainly mean more gunplay on campus. I don’t think most Florida residents want to see a gunfight on the University grounds anytime soon.

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4 Responses

  1. Also from your link:

    SCOTT CRACKS DOWN, ORDERS AUDIT – Gov. Rick Scott ordered an investigation into the Agency for Persons with Disabilities Tuesday, citing reports that it had run budget deficits of up to $150 million for years. “My administration has uncovered expenditures in excess of the approved budget at the Agency for Persons with Disabilities. For years the agency has run large deficits by spending significantly more taxpayer dollars than were budgeted,” Scott said. “Asked whether there was evidence that the agency was misspending dollars, or if he was simply referring to the deficits prompted by a larger number of disabled qualifying for the entitlement program, the governor said he didn’t have those details.” Orlando Sentinel

    As I’ve said before, our government is rapidly running out of money to cut the drug peddlers their checks.

    The funny thing is that this new FLA governor is some former scam artist for the health care industry and got busted himself for bilking Medicaid. Having been on the other side of the fence, he knows how this Medicaid stuff all works, I’m sure. I may learn to like this guy.

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    • Mental health services have never been a big priority with most Floridians. Trimming the economy is important everywhere. Times are getting tight money-wise.

      While there might be some good things to be said about our Governor, his politics are not among them. He was the tea party candidate running against an encumbent moderate republican running as an independent and the democrats. Reactionary counter-revolutionary tea party shenanigans aside, it’s now time for reality to set in.

      The good news is, as you say, the government “is rapidly running out of money to cut the drug peddlers their checks.” This nation that used to have a work ethic now has a career disabilities fraud scandal in the wind. Psycho-social rehab services were always a deadly and paternalistic black joke. I don’t think “sink or swim” is an option, but continuing with unworkable social programs definitely isn’t the right direction to go in. Hopefully some of our belt tightening manuevers might have a curtailing influence on the urge to chemically disable that we have seen so much of recently. If it becomes economically unfeasible to chemically damage people, so much the better.

  2. What “other and more effective methods of treatment” for psychosis are you talking about, please?

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