SSRI withdrawal - something I didnít know existed - gave me the worst psychiatric symptoms Iíve ever had for more than 2.5 years after I suddenly stopped taking them (not aware that you had to wean and that theyíre dependency forming). If I hadnít had the diet Iím on (the lion diet) I donít know what I would have done. It was like I was in hell. Then almost right after I recovered my dad almost died from psych medication. I brought two experts on - Dr. Jim Wright and Dr. David Cohen - to discuss the actual reality behind psychiatric medications and pharmaceuticals and dependency and withdrawal and suicide. This is an episode everyone should listen to if they or a loved one is on psychiatric medication or considering one or acting strange after being medicated.
Dr Jim Wright is a clinical pharmacologist. He has a PHD in pharmacology from McGill and spent his career studying prescription drugs. He explains how there are no long term studies of these medications and that we donít actually know much about what prescription drugs do to patients.
Dr. David Cohen isn author, professor, and Associate Dean for Research and Development at Luskin School of Social Work, UCLA. Dr. Cohenís research looks at psychoactive drugs (prescribed, licit, and illicit) and their desirable and undesirable effects.
This topic is discussed in great detail in the new documentary Medicating Normal for those interested in a perspective from informed experts on the actual dangers of medication.