PTSD survivors deserve the truth – MSNBC reports

Another quality post from the heroicagencies listserve. Important info for those professionals and clients navigating and negotiating their care. More reasons to


Most of you have probably seen the news from last evening that risperidone works no better than placebo for PTSD.  The good news here, aside from the demonstration that yet again psychotropic meds have failed to live up to their hype, is the fact that this research is even seeing the light of day.  It seems that the efforts of consumers who refuse to be duped, some brave disaffected mental health professionals -some psychiatrists included – and some investigative journalists are making inroads in exposing the myths of psychotropics that big pharma and their alliance with medicine are spending so much money to get us all to believe.  In the recent past, I believe that this study would have been quietly buried.  But, to the credit of some very brave people, it’s now front page news. 

 That got me to thinking about a couple of other articles that I had recently read about PTSD and how the problem is undoubtedly magnified by the actions of mental health professionals, and by the influence that our profession has on the larger culture. 

 In addition to the risperidone article, I’ve included a link to a recent report about the aftermath of 9/ll and how, although our theories were that most who were affected would be irrevocably damaged if not for the swift intervention of mental health professionals, in fact the opposite is true. 

 It seems to be at least a possibility that medications are not the only aspect of the mental health profession that makes things worse, not better, for the very people we are trying to help.  That’s an important message for refusing to be theory-driven and for getting regular feedback from each and every client.




One Response to “PTSD survivors deserve the truth – MSNBC reports”

  1. Danny Haszard Says:

    PTSD treatment for Veterans found ineffective.
    Eli Lilly Zyprexa can cause diabetes I took Zyprexa a powerful Lilly schizophrenic drug for 4 years it was prescribed to me off-label for post traumatic stress disorder was ineffective costly and gave me diabetes.

    FIVE at FIVE
    The Zyprexa antipsychotic drug,whose side effects can include weight gain and diabetes, was sold for “children in foster care, people who have trouble sleeping, elderly in nursing homes.”
    Five at Five was the Zyprexa sales rep slogan, meaning 5mg dispensed at 5pm would keep patients quiet.

    — Daniel Haszard


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