Back in April, I started to write a newsletter around the theme of psychiatric drugs.  Since I became involved in the healing arts, I've read a ton of information about that sect of the pharmaceutical industry; the majority of it has been overwhelmingly negative.  In essence, it has begged the question: do psychiatric drugs really have a scientific basis?  The answer, based on the research, seems to be "no."  Of course, that's surprising given how powerful that industry has become.  I, personally, know plenty of people that have relied on psychiatric drugs.  But the question ultimately comes down to whether or not the effect is measurable or if it's just a placebo effect.  That's what science is all about.  It's about a measurable, distinct change. 

"Unfortunately, the evidence is overwhelmingly stacked against psychiatric drugs. It's becoming ever clearer that most of today's psychiatric diagnoses and subsequent drug treatment is a sham, successfully promoted to make you believe it's based on some scientific truth.  But it's not..." - Dr. Joseph Mercola (Medical Doctor and author of natural health resource

I think one of the biggest problems is clearly the lack of understanding of psychological conditions.  They are treated as chemical imbalances, but as the medical doctors that do nothing but study research will tell you - there's really nothing out there that substantiates that claim.  So, if it is NOT a chemical imbalance in the brain, then what causes it?  That question has to be answered LONG BEFORE we continue down the current path of throwing medications at it.  That's a dangerous game.  As Dr. Mercola states, there are not any biological differences that can be measured by these drugs.  At least the drugs for blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure have results that you can actually measure.  These psychotropic drugs DO NOT. 

According to the article that I'm referencing, the drugs prescribed for mental conditions cause 700,000 adverse reactions per year and 40,000 deaths.  Drugs, in general, interrupt normal biochemistry within your body.  On the less extreme end, that can lead to adverse (side) effects and on the more extreme end it can lead to loss of life.  That's an awfully slick slope, is it not?  The question becomes quite clear: is it a good idea to medicate (thus, interrupting normal biochemistry) a person is already in an emotionally fragile state?  Unfortunately, it may end up - in the long run - making things worse.  The referenced article sites examples of military personnel with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder being prescribed a "cocktail" of pills that literally stops their already frantic heart.  This is apparently just the tip of the iceberg.  Anti-psychotic drugs, according to prominent medical journals, have been found to double the risk of sudden cardiac arrest.  Anti-depressants increased the risk, as well. 

This is not to say that there aren't very real mental health conditions, but it is simply meant to challenge the apparently flawed status quo as to how to go about solving how to deal with them.  It all comes back to cause and effect.  If we don't understand the cause, then how can properly deal with its effects without causing more problems?  That seems to be what the psychotropic drugs do.  They are meant to help normalize, but they do nothing but abnormalize.  So, the next time you or a loved one is forced with a decision to make about mental health, explore other options before immediately jumping to medicating.  It may not only help you/them overcome the condition in a better and more efficient way, but it may just save your life...

Thinking good things for you and encouraging you to seek the truth, as always,

-Dr. Chad