Bipolar diagnosis takes years off life #bipolarlife
March 3, 2012 4 Comments
Warning: Suddenly stopping any psychiatric drug typically results in very unpleasant feelings, changes in energy levels and the potential for distorted thinking. There is a lot of pre-work to be done to successfully come off drugs.
My belief: Most of the damage done by drugs is through taking too much for too long, rather because any one chemical is especially more dangerous than another. Taking a small amount of an appropriate drug every day may in fact be the best way to get through life. If the drug is making you ill, then you need to get help so you can take less of it.
Suggestion: If your doctor will not discuss your prescription with you, think about ways to find a doctor who knows about emotions, medication, risks and the need to help you get the dose right.
Some say bipolar diagnosis takes 25 years off life expectancy
I didn’t want to have to say any more about psychiatric drug risks at this time. The trouble is doctors do not seem to be aware of the risks.
There are many reasons why the people diagnosed with bipolar tend to die younger than people with similar emotional distress who avoid diagnosis. From scans of brains damaged by prolonged use of psychiatric drugs we know drugs contribute to early death.
Here is a quote from and a link to a recent article discussing research into early death among those who take psychiatric drugs…
“…second-generation antipsychotic drugs can trigger metabolic syndrome, which is associated with a two- to threefold increase in death from cardiovascular disease and a twofold increase in deaths from all causes combined.“
from Dr Jane Collingwood’s article: Premature Death Rates Rising in Schizophrenia, Bipolar Patients