Blog des AK Psychiatriekritik der NFJ Berlin

Monat: Oktober, 2013

Antidepressants and Diabetes Risk

A meta-analysis by researchers from the U.K. finds an association between antidepressant use and a modestly increased risk of diabetes. “Our research shows that when you take away all the classic risk factors of type 2 diabetes; weight gain, lifestyle, etc., there is something about antidepressants that appears to be an independent risk factor,” says one author. “This potential increased risk is worrying.” The authors note that the studies reviewed were inconsistent, and that a causal link could not be established. Results appear in the October issue of Diabetes Care.


Moving ‘Beyond the Medical Model’: HELP WANTED

In February, the blog entitled, ‘A New Film Called ‘Beyond the Medical Model’ announced the impending release of the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community’s first full-length film.

The 67-minute film promises to examine the impact of a blindly ‘one-modeled’ system that “has been written so inextricably into our law and language that it has become difficult for many to even hear the evidence supporting a much broader take on what we so often call ‘mental illness.’”


My Story and My Fight Against Antidepressants

My name is David Fox, and I am a registered Psychologist living in Sydney, Australia. In the past five years, I’ve focused predominantly on counseling people with anxiety, depression and a range of other issues. I was also on antidepressants, myself, until a few months ago. I’d like to share a bit about what happened to me after being placed on these medications, and how I successfully got off. Until recently, I was embarrassed to talk about my personal experiences publicly, as I’m a professional who specializes in anxiety and depression. Today, medication free, I feel better than ever before, and I am now on a mission to help my current clients get off medications, and to inform others through my writing about the dangers and pitfalls of starting antidepressants. This has not been an easy story to share as the stigma of depression and anxiety disorders remains strong, but I feel compelled to do so, in the hope that it will help others.


The Withdrawal-Aware Doctor

Recently, I have been thinking about the difference it makes to the patient’s experience of withdrawal when a doctor is knowledgeable about the drug and its effects. I’ve heard accounts of doctors who are able to hold their patients’ hands (metaphorically speaking) and reassure them. I, too, was fortunate to have encountered the most encouraging doctor at a time when I desperately needed answers and appropriate care.

I recall going to see him at the private BUPA hospital in Cardiff during the later stages of my recovery, after having some weird ear sensations, facial numbness and other peculiar symptoms, and being told by my GP that I probably had a throat infection. The consultant was a semi-retired ENT specialist with kind eyes and a gracious manner. He gently placed his hand over mine, looked me in the eye and in a quiet yet firm voice said, “You’re still in withdrawal. I’ve been around a long time and I’ve seen patients who think there’s something else wrong with them but I’m telling you, it’s the benzodiazepine.” Then he patted me on my shoulder reassuringly and said, “Go home and don’t worry about it. You need to give it more time.”


Kritik der Selbst-Fürsorge. Plädoyer für einen kämpferischen Feminismus

Der Begriff der Fürsorge ist nicht lediglich eine Bezeichnung, sondern steht für gewalttätige Systeme. Und es ist ein christlicher Begriff. Im Mittelalter konnten so Christ_innen ihre Wohltätigkeit zeigen, streng gebunden an die Moralvorstellungen von Barmherzigkeit. Durch Almosen konnte die eigene Rettung erlangt werden. Das ganze basierte nicht auf einem individuellen Akt, sondern auf einem ganzen Fürsorgesystem: Die Wohltätigkeits- und Stiftungsorganisationen basierten und basieren noch heute auf dem Konzept der eigenen moralischen Erhöhung durch ein Mitleids-Barmherzigkeitskonzept. Vielleicht springt das Personen, die ohne einen christlichen Background aufgewachsen sind nicht so sehr in die Augen. Doch auch die Landesarmenanstalten und Landesfürsorgeheime des 19. Jahrhunderts beruhen auf diesem Prinzip, in der Zeit entstand auch das Konzept der Wohlfahrtspflege in Deutschland.