cinephile Posted April 2, 2011 Share Posted April 2, 2011 Hey everyone. You may have read a few days ago that I was going to have lunch with Bob Whitaker. Well, I knew he was a man of his word and we indeed did have lunch. It was a great time, despite the serious matters we discussed. I might also add that he paid for lunch. We had some great burgers at a joint across the street called The Tavern. I'm proud to report Bob's a firm believer in a juicy burger (he said he grabs burgers there often whenever he's working late at the office). After our (big) lunch, Bob quipped he should go back to his office and take a nap to sleep off such a hearty meal But something tells me he didn't, as there's just too much important work to do... During our lunch, Bob discussed my story on SSRIs as well as his opinions on psychiatry in general with equal enthusiasm and sensitivity. Bob's an interesting mix: a lot of (com)passion, intensity, intelligence, with a healthy splash of wiry energy thrown in. He says "yeah yeah yeah" a lot whenever we hit on a good topic -- he wasn't yessing me, he was just hungrily listening, ready to bite down deep on the emerging topic. When he's "in the zone" on a topic that piques his interest he seems unstoppable: statistics, studies, and shared stories from psychiatric professionals fly hard and fast. Indeed, this is no ordinary journalist, and yet he's a journalist through and through: never did he not show a deep interest in my story and my ideas, and he was an expert listener. Because Bob was pressed for time (he gets something like 200 emails a day, not counting all the calls he gets as well as all his other work), our meeting was short and informal. We spoke about the tremendous waste associated with useless diagnostic tests psych med patients have had to explain their mysterious symptoms, only for everything to come back normal (Bob actually told me that he just recently had someone asking him for statistics on just this issue!), some choice statistics (15% of US babies are born to parents on psych meds), and Bob's plans for his foundation. Speaking of the foundation, Bob has now posted a detailed and informative post on his blog about the foundation, its inception, its goals, and future plans. The link is below. This is must-reading, but you already knew that. In addition to this post, I will be receiving more information from Bob not just about the foundation but about psychiatry in general and his research when I interview him this Monday (the 4th). I stressed to Bob the importance of direct patient involvement in the foundation and he fully agreed. I firmly believe that patients have been left out of the psychiatric research equation for too long, and I look forward to voicing many of the psychiatric patient community's concerns when I speak with him on Monday. I am currently firming up my questions, but so far some topics include: PSSD (this symptom has been a dirty, agonizing secret for too long, and that silence MUST stop), protracted withdrawal (I don't know if Bob quite understands yet that protracted withdrawal can lead to swelling disability rolls as much as being ON medications), the surviving antidepressants forum (of course), and suggestions for research studies in his foundation. I also want to remind him that one of the KEY tasks for psychiatry going forward won't just be to revise prescription protocols, but to CLEAN UP THE MESS that psychiatry has left, i.e.: healing those damaged by meds, such as those on this site. It simply isn't acceptable to reform psychiatry going forward and leave those deeply injured and wronged by meds behind to fend for themselves. ***I invite everyone on this board to submit any questions they want Bob to answer to this thread! I can't guarantee I'll get to them all, but I will try my best. Now is your chance to have your voice heard! Remember, we're all in this together! So far, I have one question, submitted by compsports, regarding psych meds worsening LD issues. I actually asked Bob this question during the lunch, but he was unable to answer it because he needed more details on this patient's medication background. So, if compsports could either post here their med history or PM me it, that would be much appreciated. I will hopefully be recording this interview and then converting it to an mp3 file and uploading it to a file sharing site. I will post the link to the file in this forum, of course. BLOG LINK: http://madinamerica.com/madinamerica.com/Whitaker.html PS: Enclosed is a scan of the page of ANATOMY that Bob signed for me. I think his inscription speaks to all of us. Been on SSRIs since 1998: 1998-2005: Paxil in varying doses 2005-present: Lexapro. 2006-early '08: Effexor AND Lexapro! Good thing I got off the Effexor rather quickly (within a year). **PSYCHIATRY: TAKE YOUR CHEMICAL IMBALANCE AND CHOKE ON IT! APA=FUBAR FDA=SNAFU NIMH=LMFAO Currently tapering Lexapro ~10% every month: STARTING: 15 mg 11/7/10: 13.5 mg 12/7/10: 12.2 mg 1/6/11: 10.9 mg 2/3/11: 9.8 mg 3/3/11: 8.8 mg 4/1/11: 7.8 mg 4/29/11: 7 mg 5/27/11: 6.4 mg 6/24/11: 5.7 mg 7/22/11: 5 mg 8/18/11: 4.5 mg 9/14/11: 4 mg 10/13/11: 3.6 mg 11/9/11: 3.2 mg 12/7/11: 2.6 mg 1/3/12: 2.1 mg 2/2/12: 1.8 mg Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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