The long-term effects of psychotropic drugs are ‘hidden in mystery’

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Cover detail of Blue Dreams, by Lauren Slater

The long-term effects of psychotropic drugs are ‘hidden in mystery’

Antidepressants and drugs can change lives and even help, but journalist Lawrence Wright warns that the long-term side effects of these drugs are “hidden in the veil of secrecy.”

“As a nation, we’re consuming them, and we’re eating them,” she said. “We don’t know what we’re accepting.”

Slater, who suffers from depression and bipolar disorder, has first-hand experience of psychotropic drugs. She has been taking medication for 35 years. Her new book, “blue dream”, is dedicated to drugs such as solarazine, lithium and psilocybin.

Slater said she wants to explain their history, and their ways of working, and give them benefits and consequences, to “open” drugs: “my goal is to try to make the drug itself almost become a character… I want to bring these drugs back. ”

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How does Thorazine change the treatment of mental illness?

Before Thorazine [Long], mental illness was considered to be the result of what is known as “humors” – blood, sputum and body fluids were caused by a loss of control. … Later they thought it could be the result of a genetic error.

But then Thorazine was invented, this way is the beginning of a series of other drugs have been developed, for doctors and public later, all think that mental illness is biochemical in nature. …

Before Thorazine, no one really thought of drugs to treat mental illness. Sorzin’s success was very successful, it changed our model, we started thinking maybe we could use drugs to treat the mind.

How do researchers use hallucinogens to help patients with end-stage cancer accept death?

Psilocybin is the active ingredient found in the so-called magic mushrooms, otherwise known as “the meat of god”. It is currently being used in the United States to treat patients with terminal cancer anxiety. …

So, before you take a psilocybin, you need to meet with the treatment group, and then you’ll see what your goal is. …… There can be many goals, but one of the main goals is the terms associated with your death.

Then set the Settings. It’s very carefully set up. You go to the institute a fully equipped, comfortable, safe room. And encourage you to bring significant mementos – family photos, what you have.

You get psilocybin and put on your headphones. Music is inhaled – very carefully selected music – you have a trip. If you are afraid, or if you become too anxious, you have two guides. After the trip, you will work with the treatment team. These studies… Very successful in helping people solve their mortality problems.

What about taking antidepressants to stop her libido?

I was in Prozac for 20 to 25 years, and when Prozac stopped working, I switched to Effexor, but they were all 5-hydroxytryptamine specific drugs. I attribute them to the death of my marriage.

For me, these drugs have not weakened my libido – they have eradicated it. And I know, of course, that I’m not the only woman to think so. If millions of women take these drugs, we have to see what it means from a social and personal perspective.

If millions of women are repressed or eradicated, will the divorce rate rise and women’s ability to find the right partner? If she’s not interested in a man or a woman, depending on her sexual orientation, how can she choose a partner that works for her?

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