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Congress Proposes Research on the Link Between Psychiatric Drugs and Suicide

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Congress Proposes Research on the Link Between Psychiatric Drugs and Suicide

 

By Chuck Ruby, PhD

Featured Blogs March 30, 2016
 

Congressman David Jolly (FL-13) has recently introduced the Veteran Suicide Prevention Act (H.R. 4640). The bill calls for the VA to study veteran suicides over the past five years and to determine what extent psychiatric drugs are implicated in those suicides. The International Society of Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry (ISEPP) has long been concerned about this issue, and more broadly, how our veterans and military members suffering from the horrors of war and other traumatic experiences are being treated. I sent letters of support to Mr. Jolly’s office, offering ISEPP’s assistance in any way possible.

 

In 2012, ISEPP launched “Operation Speak Up” (OSU) as a response to the alarmingly high suicide rate of veterans. The name signifies our desire to help veterans speak up, rather than being shut up with psychiatric drugs. Although it started as an effort to encourage Congress to consider a non-medical model approach to helping those suffering from trauma, it quickly turned into a grassroots and consumer focused endeavor from the ground up under the leadership of our OSU Director, Mary Vieten, Ph.D., ABPP, U.S. Naval Reserve Commander. Mary has since made great strides in partnering with Melwood, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities in the greater Washington DC area. Together with Melwood’s support and funding, Mary has created a program called TOHIDU (a Cherokee word meaning “peace of mind, body, and spirit”) as a wonderful alternative to conventional treatment. You can see more about TOHIDU here.

 

Mr. Jolly’s bill will be the first to establish congressional oversight of this alarming problem of using psychiatric drugs shotgun style to quiet the screams of trauma. Despite the increasing concerns of the deleterious effects of psychiatric drugs, they continue to be the mainstay form of treatment within the VA and Defense Department, as they are on the outside. This has to change.The extant research makes it abundantly clear that psychiatric drugs do not correct chemical imbalances. It would be better said that they cause chemical imbalances. They artificially alter brain chemistry in ways that are not clearly understood, and that numb important emotions that signal meaningful issues in our lives. The brain tries to counteract their effect by making changes in how neurotransmitters are used. The person experiences these changes in very agonizing ways, the most worrisome is called “akathisia,” or a state of agitation, restlessness, and a terrible sense of not feeling welcome in one’s own skin. This can lead to unpredictable irritability and violent behavior, including violence toward oneself. To read more on this, see ISEPP’s White Paper.

 

More here:

 

http://www.madinamerica.com/2016/03/congress-proposes-research-on-the-link-between-psychiatric-drugs-and-suicide/

 

 

Also on that page is information about how to contact Congress to express your support for this bill.  It would be a great idea to also encourage them to investigate the suicide-drug link in other populations too!

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btdt

Late but good news if it all happens and goes the way we know it should IF...lets hope. 

Thanks for posting 

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UnfoldingSky

No prob, btdt.  Looks positive doesn't it but, I know like you it's best not to get our hopes up too high...Still it's a start...

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If I had my old brain my very old brain from way way way back I could make you a list of disappointments concerning a revolution regarding these meds... but I don't I have my brain now today it is not working in that fashion so it would take me hours of prolonged searching and double checking working hard.... I use to actually do it cause I thought it was going to make a difference ... but I am not into it even if I could I won't but some body else might cause it would be a good idea to have a look at all the failures or near wins or attempts to change this bag of ... woops 

 

it is a long list of disappointments and condescending pats on the head to folks who really don't have the energy to fight... I don't want to sour this as it is a good start... another start by another group we will see... I am jaded. 

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manymoretodays

I Love it!  Thank you for posting.  I am more jealous and almost wish I was a veteran now.  It's a wonderful start.  Going to have show my shaman vet friend this.

 

Also.......we do have a form of PTSD and I still have hope to get my brain and body and spirit back intact.    

 

Oh, if only we had access to a program like this.

 

I'll watch all the videos that Mary is in and try to get to that site to sign.  Maybe share something on FB or something.  Even little bits will help.........I have to believe that.

 

As far as us in withdrawal though..........the wording is bad as far as the unpredictable irritability and violent behavior toward self and others.  I don't know how that could be re-worded for some non-profit or person to develop and get grants for helping us.  Or me........I still dream that I will be well enough and have time for doing something for the cause.  I don't think it's a risk if folks go slowly.  How do we ever get the shrinks on board for this kind of treatment promotion and understanding?  How do we get other doctors to see what we know and want to help?  I don't know..........just pondering...........but this stuff is exciting and hopeful.

 

Anyway..........thanks again for sharing.  For the cause!  For the cause!  Better mental health care for all...........acknowledgement of the current harm done...........

 

Very healing.

 

And oh btdt.........don't I know.........jaded too but moments where I am not.............and sometimes it's all good for those who come after us..........I mean subsequent generations and possibilities that mental health care will shift and be better one day.  I mean, for me anyway........that's where this journey started with mental health care.........I know it far extends that now with the drugs prescribed and histories like yours.   Just have to fine tune our individual voices.............send those emails..........open some more eyes and brains and hearts.  And yah........I won't hold up too well for any revolutions...........I mean I know that much but..........hoping to get to the point again of one person at a time..........can make a difference.............even when we don't know we made a difference sometimes.

 

Does btdt stand for been there done that?  :blush:

 

( and my apologies for a bit of a hijack)

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btdt

Does btdt stand for been there done that?   :blush:


It sure does and I have...

 

you go get em tiger!

 

ps came back to say maybe they do one big push for each generation..congressional hearings. black box warnings 2004 ... senator Grassley sorry I can't recall... now this one... k done being negative Nelly I just had to do it so you have something to look up 

peace

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nz11

Wow great post btdt.

You sure do find some great stuff.

I think we could save them a whole heap of money by saying you would have to be deaf dumb and blind (or be the FDA) to not see any connection between these chemicals and suicide.

 

nz11

Jolly good show ..feeling very jolly about that Jolly bill.

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nz11

Excellent paragraph

 

Mr. Jolly’s bill will be the first to establish congressional oversight of this alarming problem of using psychiatric drugs shotgun style to quiet the screams of trauma. Despite the increasing concerns of the deleterious effects of psychiatric drugs, they continue to be the mainstay form of treatment within the VA and Defense Department, as they are on the outside. This has to change.The extant research makes it abundantly clear that psychiatric drugs do not correct chemical imbalances. It would be better said that they cause chemical imbalances. They artificially alter brain chemistry in ways that are not clearly understood, and that numb important emotions that signal meaningful issues in our lives. The brain tries to counteract their effect by making changes in how neurotransmitters are used. The person experiences these changes in very agonizing ways, the most worrisome is called “akathisia,” or a state of agitation, restlessness, and a terrible sense of not feeling welcome in one’s own skin. This can lead to unpredictable irritability and violent behavior, including violence toward oneself.

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btdt

Not to mention drug induced PTSD

 

and not just in soldiers

 

http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/11557-soldiers-drug-induced-ptsd/

 

Maybe they do something ever 10 years so they don't look complicit ... they sell the drugs collect the tax pay the docs collect the tax sue the drug companies collect the cash for that... 

 

now they get to pay disability but it is so little I am sure they are still ahead of the game especially with what they collect in fines from drug companies they sue. 

 

Who is the fall guy here... 

 

WE ARE!!!

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