Click on the link for this sobering post on Monica Cassani’s great site, http://www.beyondmeds.com. We would ourselves would wish to challenge the illness/disorder model language – but that is how the evidence is couched, and the point is clear. This piece is U.S. based – but, as Robert comments at the end, the data appear to be consistent across national borders.
We feel troubled by the increasing frequency with which these drugs are prescribed, often long-term, without adequate (or in many cases any) information about evidence questioning efficacy or the potential adverse effects – which obviously have an impact during drug use, but can also have an impact through the withdrawal process and for years beyond that. For some people – as was Monica’s own experience – these effects can be major and disabling.
There are many other issues wrapped up in this. One of the biggest is about informed choice – that we each have enough information and sense of power to be in a position to exercise this, when deciding whether or not to take a drug. It is very clear this is not happening, from accounts we are hearing at this service from many of the people we work with.
Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter