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Cause of Death: Unknown - Big Pharma and the Selling of Mental Illness


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Thank you to @Artifor bringing up this documentary film. 

 

At the time of posting I have watched excerpts and it is indeed powerful and compelling material. I will watch the rest when I feel strong enough. 

This is clearly potentially triggering territory. Please take care. 

 

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Cause of Death: Unknown - Big Pharma and the Selling of Mental Illness 

a documentary film by Anniken Hoel

 

After her sister died suddenly and unexpectedly while being treated with prescription antipsychotics, director Anniken Hoel begins a global investigation into the crimes of the pharmaceutical industry, the unheralded growth of psychiatric diagnoses and medication, and the corruption of the government regulatory agencies that have failed, repeatedly, to protect us.

Made over a ten-year period, the film is simultaneously personal and investigative as it follows Anniken as she seeks answers regarding not only the death of her sister, but of the tens of thousands worldwide who have also met a similar fate. Deaths and damages that until now have been all but ignored.

Beginning in a small town in Norway, and journeying through Scandinavia, the EU and the US, the chilling documentary-thriller CAUSE OF DEATH: UNKNOWN exposes the inner workings and motivations of a powerful industry that continually puts profits before people, and has been far too influential in defining who is normal and who is “ill”.

 

Text quoted from https://www.psychosisnet.com/cause-of-death-unknown-anniken-hoel/

 

Award winning doc exposing the inner workings of the pharmaceutical industry and how it created an epidemic of mental illness. After her sister died suddenly and unexpectedly while being treated with prescription antipsychotics (Zyprexa and Risperdal amongst others), director Anniken Hoel begins a global investigation into the pharmaceutical industry, the unheralded growth of psychiatric diagnoses and medication, and the corruption of the government regulatory agencies (FDA and EMA) that are supposed to protect us citizens. She interviews Peter Gøtzsche, Robert Whitaker, Joanna Moncreiff, former DSM editor Allen Frances, an FDA whistleblower, pharma lobbyists, sales reps and others. Made over a ten-year period, the film is both personal and investigative as it follows Anniken seeking answers regarding not only the death of her sister, but of the tens of thousands worldwide who have met a similar fate. How many more will have to die?

 

Text quoted from youtube, where the film is available to watch in its entirety:

 

 

 

About director Anniken Hoel, from Anniken Hoel's imdb account:

 

Anniken Hoel is a Norwegian writer, director and camerawoman. She studied film in Denmark and at FAMU (the Film Academy in Prague), and since 2003 she shot and directed films in the Middle East, India, USA and Europe. Anniken also runs the Norwegian production company Manifestofilm. In 2017 she released her feature film debut CAUSE OF DEATH:UNKNOWN. The film took 11 years to finish, received numerous awards, and sparked a debate on the use of psychiatric medications and the pharmaceutical industry's influence on society.

 

1996-2018 - misc. polypharmacy, incl. SSRIs, SNRIs, neuroleptics, lithium, benzos, stimulants, antihistamines, etc. (approx. 30+ drugs)

2012-2018 - 10mg lexapro/escitalopram (20mg?)    Jan. 2018 - 10mg -> 5mg, then from 5mg -> 2.5mg, then 0mg  -->  July 2018 - 0mg

2017(?)-2020 - vyvanse/lisdexamfetamine 60-70mg    2020-2021 - 70mg down to 0mg  -->  July 2021 - 0mg

March-April 2021 - vortioxetine 5-10mg (approx. 7 weeks total; CT)  -->  April 28th, 2021 - 0mg

supplements: magnesium powder (dissolved in water) as needed throughout the day; 1 tsp fish oil w/ morning meal; 2mg melatonin 

August 1, 2022 - 1 mg melatonin

 

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.  - Karle Wilson Baker

love and justice are not two. without inner change, there can be no outer change; without collective change, no change matters.  - Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Holding multiple truths. Knowing that everyone has their own accurate view of the way things are.  - text on homemade banner at Afiya house

 

I am not a medical professional; this is not medical advice. 

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I'm putting this on my to youtube watch list. Looks interesting and well-researched.

PAST: Quetiapine (quit 2022), Bupropion (quit 2020)

CURRENT: Currently taking lamotrigine and tapering lithium (went from 600mg to 300mg in june 2022)

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So I couldn't wait and watched the whole film yesterday. I'm glad I did. 

It's very well made. Powerful. Clear. Undeniable. 

I didn't find it triggering, quite the contrary. Empowering and vindicating. 

Just makes me feel grateful that the writer/director Anniken Hoel worked so hard on this project and did such a great job. 

"Cause of Death: Unknown" is a very important documentary. 

 

1996-2018 - misc. polypharmacy, incl. SSRIs, SNRIs, neuroleptics, lithium, benzos, stimulants, antihistamines, etc. (approx. 30+ drugs)

2012-2018 - 10mg lexapro/escitalopram (20mg?)    Jan. 2018 - 10mg -> 5mg, then from 5mg -> 2.5mg, then 0mg  -->  July 2018 - 0mg

2017(?)-2020 - vyvanse/lisdexamfetamine 60-70mg    2020-2021 - 70mg down to 0mg  -->  July 2021 - 0mg

March-April 2021 - vortioxetine 5-10mg (approx. 7 weeks total; CT)  -->  April 28th, 2021 - 0mg

supplements: magnesium powder (dissolved in water) as needed throughout the day; 1 tsp fish oil w/ morning meal; 2mg melatonin 

August 1, 2022 - 1 mg melatonin

 

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.  - Karle Wilson Baker

love and justice are not two. without inner change, there can be no outer change; without collective change, no change matters.  - Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Holding multiple truths. Knowing that everyone has their own accurate view of the way things are.  - text on homemade banner at Afiya house

 

I am not a medical professional; this is not medical advice. 

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got this on my list to watch as well  ;)

 

 

Today on the news I heard a statement about "groundbreaking research" that suggests that depression is not caused by a chemical imbalance and that serotonin is just one factor among many of the possible causes of depression

 

Wut?!?!?!
 

 

  • pysch med history: 1974 @ age 18 to Oct 2017 (approx 43 yrs total)
  •  Drug list: stelazine, haldol, elavil, lithium, zoloft, celexa, lexapro(doses as high as 40mgs), klonopin, ambien, seroquel(high doses), depakote, zyprexa, lamictal- plus brief trials of dozens of other psych meds over the years
  • started lexapro 2002, dose varied from 20mgs to 40mgs. I tried to get off it several times. WD symptoms were mistaken for "relapse". 
  •  2013 too fast taper down to 5mg but WD forced me back to 20mgs
  •  June of 2105, tapered again too rapidly to 2.5mgs by Dec 2015. Found SA, held at 2.5 mgs til May 2016 when I foolishly "jumped off". Crashed in Sept, reinstated at 0.3mgs in Oct. 2106
  • Tapered off to zero by  Oct. 2017 Doing very well
  • Nov. 2018 feel 95% healed, current age 63 
  • Jan. 2020 feel 100% healed, peaceful and content 
  • Aug  2022 ❤️ loving life ❤️ 
 
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@Happy2Heal

Will be curious to hear what you think of the documentary.

 

2 hours ago, Happy2Heal said:

Today on the news I heard a statement about "groundbreaking research" that suggests that depression is not caused by a chemical imbalance and that serotonin is just one factor among many of the possible causes of depression

 

Yes! Joanna Moncrieff, Mark Horowitz, and others have collaborated on this paper

Excerpt from the abstract: The main areas of serotonin research provide no consistent evidence of there being an association between serotonin and depression, and no support for the hypothesis that depression is caused by lowered serotonin activity or concentrations.

 

There has been much discussion on SA, here are just a few examples:

 

 

 

1996-2018 - misc. polypharmacy, incl. SSRIs, SNRIs, neuroleptics, lithium, benzos, stimulants, antihistamines, etc. (approx. 30+ drugs)

2012-2018 - 10mg lexapro/escitalopram (20mg?)    Jan. 2018 - 10mg -> 5mg, then from 5mg -> 2.5mg, then 0mg  -->  July 2018 - 0mg

2017(?)-2020 - vyvanse/lisdexamfetamine 60-70mg    2020-2021 - 70mg down to 0mg  -->  July 2021 - 0mg

March-April 2021 - vortioxetine 5-10mg (approx. 7 weeks total; CT)  -->  April 28th, 2021 - 0mg

supplements: magnesium powder (dissolved in water) as needed throughout the day; 1 tsp fish oil w/ morning meal; 2mg melatonin 

August 1, 2022 - 1 mg melatonin

 

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.  - Karle Wilson Baker

love and justice are not two. without inner change, there can be no outer change; without collective change, no change matters.  - Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Holding multiple truths. Knowing that everyone has their own accurate view of the way things are.  - text on homemade banner at Afiya house

 

I am not a medical professional; this is not medical advice. 

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