This publication (2016) from the Mad in America Foundation has been written by Robert Whitaker. The author says it is:
“… designed to present a succinct review of what science has to say about the long-term effects of antipsychotics. Do they reduce psychotic symptoms over the long term? Do they improve functional outcomes? Our hope is that this review can help inform a societal discussion about these drugs and whether their use needs to be rethought.”
“… This paper is organized into four parts.
- A presentation of the evidence cited by psychiatry, as an institution, for long-term use of antipsychotics.
- A critique of that evidence base.
- A review of research on the long-term effects of antipsychotics. This research is divided into two time periods: 1945 to the early 1980s, and from the early 1980s to today.
- A response to critics of the argument made in this paper …”
“You can read the paper from here. It includes a link to an associated slide presentation and video presentation.
Other posts about collaborative practice:
- ‘Safe’ Z-drug sleeping tablets given to MILLIONS each year are as addictive as Valium – and they can cause crushing anxiety, flu-like effects and suicidal thoughts
- We launched a study of music and song writing with people who hear voices that others don’t. … I want to share some quotes from our participants…
- Carina Hakansson on the Extended Therapy Room Foundation