There are quite a few relatively mainstream doctors now talking about the harms of benzodiazepines and anti-depressants on social media. As usual other psychiatric drugs (neuroleptics, anti-convulsants, — called anti-psychotics and mood stabilizers, etc) are given short shrift.
This is about informed consent. If people don’t know about the very serious potential risks involved in chronic use of these drugs, they cannot make a reasonable choice. Short-term targeted use in crisis is a whole different ball-game than being on them for life which is what is generally recommended for many people.
Allen Francis MD who was chair of the DSM-IV Task Force and is currently professor emeritus at Duke is one of them. He’s talking mostly about benzos lately on twitter and touches a bit on anti-depressants and poly-drugging in a vague sort of way.
I said to him (also via twitter):
note: If you have a…
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