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Treating Psychosis:

The limits of anti-psychotics

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    Treating Psychosis

    The clinical psychologist and author of Madness Explained presents new evidence for the limitations of anti-psychotic medication and of the psychiatric establishment.

    "Full of insight and humanity" The Times

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Susanne Stevens on 24/10/2014 9:05am

Health workers will still fob off complaints about side effects as a symptom f the 'mental illness'. Attempts to be taken seriously can escalate anxiety until the medical files contain yet more labels. Few individuals know where to go to report side effects - why is the yellow card system not explained to individuals taking any drug

APRIL_charity on 26/10/2013 10:47pm

Be aware that sudden onset of psychosis may be a direct result of medication adverse drug reaction (ADR) - This may affect a person with no previous history of mental health problems. Other psychiatric ADRs include depression, anxiety, mood swings, insomnia, mania, loss of memory. Everyday medicines, not just psychotropic drugs are linked to psychiatric ADRs.

Serious mental changes may also occur following surgery, the anaesthetics and pain killers used at the time have known links to ICU psychosis. Onset of mood changes and severe reactions may be delayed for several days following the surgery. That is me speaking at the end of Richard Bentall's talk, I participated in the events 2012 at Hay on Wye, as did my friends and colleagues, Dr Bob Johnson and Ana Silvera.

Richard Bentall wrote about his own bad experience of ADR when during an experiment with other psychologists, he took a drug I believe was Haloperidol to check the effects. This was recorded in a New Scientist article.

Appearance of high mood, insomnia, or bad dreams may be early warning signs of intolerance. Our web site is www.april.org.uk - Millie Kieve

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