Do psychiatric drugs cure “mental illness?”

Psychiatric drugs don’t cure anything, and they can create lots of damage, physical and emotional. For example, various psychiatric drugs can cause lethargy, weight gain, brain damage, and tardive dyskinesia (an irreversible disease affecting control of movement), to name a few things. Additionally, these drugs inhibit discharge and re-evaluation.

Drugs may appear to cure “mental illness” because they mask feelings and make people look calm. The problem is still there, even though the person may be numb to it. In order to “function well” in the society, people are expected to behave in particular ways. A person who is having a lot of emotional difficulty will often be focused on the difficulty and therefore not be behaving in the ways required by the society. For example, they might not be able to go to work and focus on the job at hand; they might cry much of the time; they might not be able to get up in the morning . When they take a psychiatric drug, it numbs them enough that they can stop feeling the feelings that were overwhelming them and they may start behaving in the expected ways. It then appears to other people that the person is “better,” or “cured.” However, we assume that in order to heal from the still unresolved emotional difficulties, the person will eventually have to face and work through the feelings. We have found that releasing emotions is a necessary part of the healing process, in order to be able to think clearly and solve problems well.

Additionally, the drugs that appear to be effective lose their “effectiveness” after an initial period and doses have to be increased. They also create “side effects”, and additional drugs may be required to mask these. Some “side effects” can become serious physical illnesses. Many “mental patients” die younger than the general population through heart disease, diabetes, etc., caused by longterm psychiatric drug use.

Drugs also confuse people about their ability to recover. While they are on the drugs, they often believe that that kind of functioning is the best they can have and there is nothing they can do on their own behalf, that they will always need guidance and “medication” from the “mental health” system. The drugs may also numb people enough that they begin to believe that drugs are good for them and that they can’t stop using them.