In 1993 Richard Bentall [M.D., an expert on psychosis from the University of Bangor] […] voluntarily took an antipsychotic drug […] [he] developed akathisia - unpleasant sensations of inner restlessness and an inability to sit still. “It was accompanied by a feeling that I couldn’t do anything, which is really distressing. I felt profoundly depressed. They tried to persuade me to do these cognitive tests on the computer and I just started crying.”
Bentall had volunteered to be in a study run by Irish psychiatrist Dr David Healy. Volunteers were given either 5mg of the antipsychotic droperidol, 1mg of lorazepam, a type of tranquillizer, or a placebo. “The experiment completely failed,” says Bentall.
most of the healthy volunteers who took the antipsychotic became so unwell, let alone do the cognitive tests, that the study couldn’t continue. One psychiatrist became suicidal and had to be put under observation.
In his controversial book Let Them Eat Prozac Healy wrote about what the volunteers experienced."
Healthy volunteers for a research study take anti-psychotics and immediately become severely unwell & unable to do normal tasks, some become suicidal.
"It was not like anything that had happened to them before… Highly personal memories of previous unhappy times - broken relationships or loneliness - seemed to be flooding back. And if they previously held themselves responsible for these unhappy times, they seemed to hold themselves responsible for feeling the way they did now as well."
Antipsychotics are causing traumatic memory flooding. (via madness-narrative)
“Highly personal memories” :( such an intrusion. I know how that feels. (via fuckyeahmadpride)
You’ll Love Her! She’s Crazy!
“Most educated people can name half a dozen poets who are more famous for their messy lives and deaths than for their poems… The narratives endure because they align with the popular understanding of what it is to be an artist.”
Sarah Manguso writes about Sylvia Plath, who died fifty years ago today, and looks at the changing way we talk about mental illness: http://nyr.kr/1576DDa