Antipsychotics: History – Then and Now

The Times-News
Modern mind medicines begin to lose luster
January 27, 2009

Hundreds of years ago, people with mental illness might be burned at the stake or locked away in a dungeon. In the early 20th century, some patients with schizophrenia were lobotomized with an ice pick to blunt emotions and reduce agitation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Doctor Who Sparked Bipolar in Children to be Questioned Under Oath!

Boston Globe
Papers reveal push on drug firm funds
Prominent doctor tied to efforts
By Carey Goldberg
November 25, 2008  
 
Newly disclosed court documents portray Dr. Joseph Biederman, a leading Harvard child psychiatrist, as courting drug company money by promising that his work at Massachusetts General Hospital would help promote the use of antipsychotic drugs for youngsters diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Read the rest of this entry »

Children and Hard Psych Drugs

I just found an older article from the Sept 2007 New American written by the attorney of a six year old boy being forcibly drugged by the state:

“Twelve adults gathered in a small, closed courtroom to decide how many powerful, anti-psychotic drugs that the child, who is currently in the custody of the state, would be required to take. The patient did not have a voice, since he was not there. No doctor was present, but plenty of lawyers were. The little boy’s lawyer saw nothing wrong with drugging him into a stupor. As the attorney for the heartbroken mother, I spoke against the whole idea; I suggested to the court that other factors may be causing the child’s problems, and that the compulsory administration of drugs by the state was simply an excuse to avoid addressing those issues. Read the rest of this entry »

Antipsychotic Drugs Boost Stroke Risk

ABC News: Patients with dementia face a more than 3-fold danger

Restless Leg Syndrome and Requip, the Antipsychotic Drug and its Side Effects

Restless Leg Syndrome (also known as Ekbom Syndrome) is a condition where you have an urge to move your legs, usually accompanied or caused by uncomfortable and unpleasant leg sensations (often described as nervousness or a creepy-crawling sensation); symptoms begin or worsen during periods of rest or inactivity such as lying or sitting; symptoms are partially or totally relieved by movement such as walking or stretching at least as long as the activity continues; and symptoms are worse or occur only in the evening or night.  Difficulty falling asleep may frequently be associated with moderate-to-severe RLS.  In severe cases pounding of the legs and kicking your partner while sleeping can also occur. Read the rest of this entry »