posted on Apr, 8 2013 @ 02:06 PM
reply to post by tothetenthpower
I first became curious about the effects of these drugs upon reading Danielle Steele's book about her son, who committed suicide. He started off as a
young child with Ritalin. When one drug didn't work, his mother tried another,and another, and another. I realize this poor woman thought she was
writing about mental illness and the death of her son, but it was page after page of her pumping drugs into him at the advice of doctors.
I just wasn't finding this book to be about mental illness at all. It was a tragic tale of the consequences of administering drugs, sometimes more
than one at a time and telling this boy something was wrong with him. He was a child and had no say in the matter. Ultimately this lifetime of drug
cocktails took its toll on his mind and he terminated his life.
Because of the many problems Traina exhibited from childhood, his life included a number of psychiatric hospitalizations for drug abuse and for
treatment of bipolar disorder. While his mother wrote that she tried everything at her disposal to get him the proper medical help, Traina at 19 died
of a self-administered morphine overdose at the home of Julie Campbell; a family friend.
His mother told his life story and of the struggles with his illness in her 1998 book titled "His Bright Light: The Story of Nick Traina."
So this is 25 years ago I became aware of this. A long time to be waiting to see these drugs exposed for what they are. Sadly, it still isn't
happening and there are millions of people who are just like Danielle Steele and will trust in doctors and testimonials of people the drugs are
Some of the problems with these drugs is you cannot deviate from your schedule of taking them, its easy to miss a dose or forget a dose and withdrawal
symptoms can be immediate and extremely dangerous.
Then you have the people who feel "I'm getting better now". Drugs are working. So they quit taking them, not knowing they need to wean off them
gradually. They might at this juncture, or the one mentioned above, worsen considerably and this is when you hear about them going in an out of psych
wards. A " history of mental illness" label is applied. Or they are given a new drug to try.
I did some googling looking fior people complaining they were getting worse and the most common reply was " yeah that happened to me so my doctor
increased the dosage". Not working, give more.
The drug cocktails can happen when they are given another drug to combat side effects. Or an additional drug to amplify the effects of the first drug