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  1. I believe the death of actress Patty Duke has presented an opportunity for us to speak out against her brand of "advocacy" and all those who would tell us to "Sit down! Shut up! And take your meds!" To this end, I have written this short "letter to the editor" which I intend to submit to local papers. Please feel free to copy and distribute this to your local papers, etc. You can even claim it as your own. Patty Duke, Advocate for Big Pharma, Not People In a 2008 speech sponsored by the drug company Astra Zeneca to the American Psychiatric Association, Patty Duke is quoted as saying “When I hear someone say, at one of my talks, ‘I don’t need the medication, I don’t take it,’ I tell them to ‘sit down, you are making a fool of yourself.’” (Anatomy of an Epidemic, Robert Whitaker). Wow! Harsh! She sounds more like an enemy of people who have been diagnosed with a mental illness than an advocate for them. With drug companies raking in billions every year, and thousands of people joining the ranks of the permanently disabled only AFTER being put psychotropic drugs (I ought to know I’m one of them), it’s clear who was helped by Ms. Duke’s advocacy – Big Pharma. For more information on the harm being done by misguided treatments for mental illness, see MadinAmerica.org.
  2. Hi everyone - My mother's doctor has asked for more information on this "protracted drug withdrawal syndrome" that he obviously doesn't believe in. He is trying to talk her out of slowly tapering with a liquid form of her AD. I'm calling his bluff and sending off the information. Unfortunately, however, everytime I sit down to write him a letter I simmer in a stew of anger, bitterness and overwhelm so terribly that I can't get anything down on paper. So, I thought I would ask the experts..... What info would you point him to TO INFORM AND VALIDATE PROTRACTED PSYCH DRUG WITHDRAWAL? Your recommendations will help me to develop an appendix of sorts to the letters I plan on sending to all of the irresponsible, uniformed doctors, psychologists, etc who have ever treated me. I will share my final letter for anyone else who would like to use it for their purposes. Thank you!
  3. so, i live in the US and am planning to write a series of letters to pertinent organizations and entities regarding my withdrawal experience. im seeking advice on who i should write, and how to style these letters. i have already written to a few places, like a psychiatric clinic to tell them of their continued misdiagnoses and mistreatment and the Drug Abuse Resistance Education [DARE] program that "teaches" kids about drugs to inform them of the dangers and ease of access to prescription psychotropics, but these letters unsurprisingly received no response or acknowledgement whatsoever. i am taking things offline and plan to send only physically mailed letters when possible, including redundant or amended copies of previous letters to places i have already written digital messages to. any suggestions of who to write to, or what to include (or exclude)? i realize this is, in some ways, potentially rather fruitless, but it seems like a meaningful step to take in my recovery process and desire to advocate to what degrees i can in my limited state of health. i would also surely welcome any joint-venture plans for specific content or for having multiple members contact the same pre-agreed organizations. post in here if you are interested, or PM me if that is more comfortable.
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