Join the Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry and AntidepressantRisks.org for a virtual community screening of Medicating Normal, a 76-minute documentary film that follows the stories of five high-functioning people whose doctors prescribed pills to help with common problems such as stress, depression, insomnia and grief with devastating impact on their lives. It is the untold story of the serious consequences that can occur when profit-driven medicine intersects with human beings in distress. There will be an interactive community discussion immediately after the film.
The panel discussion and Q&A will be moderated by: Angela Peacock, MSW, subject of the film, Medicating Normal.
Synopsis: Medicating Normal follows the journeys of a newly married couple, a female combat veteran, a waitress and a teenager whose doctors prescribed psychiatric drugs for stress, depression, sleeplessness, focus and trauma. Our subjects struggle with serious physical and mental side effects as well as neurological damage which resulted from taking the drugs as prescribed and also from attempting to withdraw.
Review: “Medicating Normal is a powerful and moving film about the damage that is done by the inappropriate medicalisation of human predicaments and the reckless prescribing of psychiatric drugs. The film reveals the harm done to its subjects whose lives were derailed by prescribed medicines, and it shows the courage and determination it took to get off the drugs. Watch it and weep for all the others who have been harmed in this way- I did!” -Professor Joanna Moncrieff, University College London, London, UK
My life,and my families lives have been destroyed by irrational overprescribing of psychiatric treatments,drug cocktails and many ECT treatments which l was coerced into having.This started when l was 14 years old in 1966,and continued for 54 years.At age 14,l was having trouble sleeping,my GP prescribed Mandrax sleeping tablets,not long after he added Stelazine tablets.This was the beginning of the end for my hopes and dreams,the drugs completely destroyed me,one drug led to another,under this influence l have done things which were completely out of character,including trying to stab my innocent neighbors to death,and which l now have evidence that l was suffering from Serotonin Syndrome at the time,luckily l did not succeed,but was sectioned..l have been in The Mental Health Trap for 45 years,been sectioned so many times that l have lost count,spent about 20 years out of my life in mental hospitals,including two of the old asylums.,and been prescribed every class of psychiatric drug,both old and new,also rapid tranquilisations,and numerous ECT treatments.l married at age 17,and have five children.This also impacted on my husband and children,the three youngest were stolen by The State,not because of any abuse,but because l became so ill,through the drugs.I have suffered the humiliation of forced treatment,the last time in 2018.As a consequence of the drugs,l have many physical health problems,including Tardive Dyskenisia,am disabled,housebound and suffering much pain and discomfort.Over the last 7 years,l have slowly reduced and come off all medication,entirely on my own and without any medical help.l am reminded every moment of the damage the treatments have caused,and also suffer awful nightmares about being locked up in hospitals and forcibly drugged.Now,l no longer trust any doctors,and try to avoid them as much as possible.l have also taken around 80 overdoses,and about 20 other suicide attempts.l have been diagnosed with Major Deppression,Schizoaffective Disorder,Paranoid Schizophrenia,Bipolar Disordet and two Personality Disorders.I take absolutely no notice whatsoever of these diagnoses,because l know full well that it was the medication that caused and exacerbated my problems.I know now that Psychiatry is one of the biggest scams ever, Causing much harm and death.