Dr. Linda Lagemann

FACTS

General:
  • 1 in 4 Americans is currently on a psychotropic* drug.
  • Direct to Consumer Advertising of psychiatric "disorders" and drugs to treat them has been extremely effective in making people think they are ill and increasing the demand for psychiatric drugs.
  • There are statistically significant findings of the development of chronicity and disability in those taking psychiatric drugs. This is true for every class of psychotropic drug (antidepressant, antipsychotic, anti-anxiety, stimulants used for ADHD, and mood stabilizers).
Corruption:

There are growing revelations that the "evidence" relied upon in evidence-based treatment protocols is questionable at best. There are powerful conflicts of interest at work and cover-ups of the actual damage done by psychotropic drugs.

There are a number of Department of Justice (DoJ) cases against major pharmaceutical companies for falsified data, concealed data, and ghostwritten studies published in peer-reviewed journals - psychiatrists paid to put their name on "studies" written by the pharmaceutical company.

In a 2012 DoJ case, Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK), maker of the antidepressants Paxil and Wellbutrin, pled guilty to criminal and civil charges and agreed to pay $3 billion in fines for these and other offenses.


Antidepressants:
  • There are now nearly 100 drug regulatory agency warnings from ten countries and the European union alerting prescribers and patients to antidepressant drugs' adverse effects, including hostility, violent behavior, and suicide.
  • A 2013 report by Health  and Human Services and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services included this statement: "Antidepressant medications have been shown to increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior. In a pooled-analysis of short-term, placebo-controlled trials of nine antidepressant medications, patients taking an antidepressant had twice the risk of suicidality in the first months of treatment than those taking placebo. The long-term risk is unknown."
  • A study published in the British Medical Journal in 2005 determined that adults taking SSRI antidepressants were more than twice as likely to attempt suicide than patients given placebo.
Military and Veterans:
  • Historically, one could not be in the military if taking a psychotropic drug. And also, historically, the military had a suicide rate far lower than that of the civilian population.
  • From 2005-2011 there was a 682% increase in psychiatric drug prescriptions in the military. That rate of increase was 30 times faster than in the civilian population.
  • In 2006 there was a coincident rise of violent sex crimes and domestic abuse (up 30%) and child abuse (up 43%) in military families.
  • Antidepressants carry an FDA Black Box warning of suicidality for those younger than age 25. They also have documented side effects of hostility, anxiety, and unusual behavior changes for any age group.
  • There are now 22 suicides a day among veterans and 1 suicide a day among active duty personnel. The suicide rate is now double that in the general population. Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has called it an epidemic. The Department of Defense and Veterans Administration are searching for the "why".
  • A 2013 report by Health  and Human Services and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services included this statement: "Antidepressant medications have been shown to increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior. In a pooled-analysis of short-term, placebo-controlled trials of nine antidepressant medications, patients taking an antidepressant had twice the risk of suicidality in the first months of treatment than those taking placebo. The long-term risk is unknown."
  • The antipsychotic medication Seroquel is implicated in hundreds of cardiac arrests and sudden deaths of combat veterans.
  • In 2011, the European Heart Journal published a study titled "Psychotropic medications and the risk of sudden cardiac death during an acute coronary event." The researchers concluded: The use of psychotropic drugs, especially combined use of antipsychotic and antidepressant drugs, strongly associated with an increased risk of SCD (sudden cardiac death) at the time of coronary event.
  • A Veterans Affairs study found 80% of veterans diagnosed with PTSD were given psychiatric drugs. Of those, 89% were treated with antidepressants and 34% were treated with antipsychotics. Note the percentages total more than 100, meaning many are prescribed more than one drug.
Children:
  • 292,728 babies (birth to 23 months old) are on a mind-altering psychiatric drug. It would take 3 and a half football stadiums to fit all these babies. (The figures quoted here come from IMS Health and the U.S. Census Bureau.)
  • 1 in 70 preschoolers are on a psychiatric drug.
  • 1 in 23 children birth-5 years old are on a psychiatric drug. From birth to age 5 more than one million children are on psychiatric drugs in the United States alone.
  • 1 in 7 children 6-11 years old are on a psychotropic drug.
  • 1 in 6 children 12-17 years old are on a psychotropic drug.
  • Worldwide 20 million children are on a psychotropic drug.
  • The fastest growing age group on all psychotropic drugs is babies 0-1 year old.
  • The second largest increase is 2-5 year olds.
  • 286 drug regulatory agency warnings cite dangerous and life threatening side effects of the psychiatric drugs prescribed to children.
Elderly:
  • One third of all patients receiving ECT (electroconvulsive therapy; shock therapy) are 65 years old or older.
  • There is a 360% increase in ECT given to 65 year olds versus 64 year olds.
  • Medicare pays for ECT beginning at age 65.
* Psychotropic: a term coined in the late 1940s by Ralph Waldo Gerard, an American behavioral scientist and physiologist to medically describe medication capable of affecting the mind, emotions, and behavior --from the Greek, "mind-turning."