Kristen Stewart and Luke Montagu Against Mental Health Drugs

Kristen Stewart and Luke MontaguKristen Stewart speaking out against mental health drugs, is quoted as saying “… especially in America, teens are overprescribed and overmedicated. It seems, in many cases, like a lazy catchall solution to dealing with young people’s inherent emotional volatility.”

Not only young people, but individuals of every age are being prescribed mental health drugs, when, in fact, the diagnoses they are given are not based upon science. With no medical test to evidence the existence of depression, bipolar, or any of the mental health disorders, prescribers are getting away with prescribing and billing and the result is a tremendous rise in use of prescription drugs. These drugs carry warnings such as psychosis, mania, hallucinations, suicidal thoughts, violence, and homicidal thoughts, among many others, including the fact that many of them are highly addictive.

Scientific American, tells us that “Antidepressant use among Americans is skyrocketing. Adults in the U.S. consumed four times more antidepressants in the late 2000s than they did in the early 1990s. As the third most frequently taken medication in the U.S., researchers estimate that 8 to 10 percent of the population is taking an antidepressant.”

A real-life story of a famous and successful man is but one of millions of stories and has led to more public awareness of the harms of the mental health drugs and the lack of science behind the diagnosing and prescribing. Luke Montagu, an education and media entrepreneur , was prescribed antidepressants at the age of 19, when he was not depressed and had never had the diagnosis of depression. He was a college student who had just had sinus surgery that resulted in him having headaches and not feeling quite himself. A doctor put him on Prozac and from there he was put on a number of drugs for a number of diagnoses. One pill that made him feel wired and another to counteract and get him to sleep. When he checked himself into a medical facility to try to come off of the drugs, he was tapered off too fast and went through a “tidal wave of horrific symptoms”. The FDA makes clear, in their warnings, that these drugs are highly addictive and Montagu’s real-life story communicates just that. He has formed a group called the Council For Evidence-Based Psychiatry, because what he learned through his own experience is the following:

“Psychiatry is a corrupt and dishonest business: it treats so-called illnesses that don’t exist with drugs that don’t cure and can cause great harm. And once you have been harmed, it then diagnoses further illness and prescribes yet more drugs. I know they can help some people in the short term, but they’re just psychoactive like alcohol or cocaine – they can make you feel better initially, but over the long term they cause dependence and destroy your physical and mental health.”

CEP’s mission is “ To reduce psychiatric harm by communicating the latest evidence to policymakers and practitioners, by sharing the testimony of those who have been harmed, and by supporting research into areas where evidence is lacking.”

Sources: Scientific Americanhttp://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-rise-of-all-purpose-antidepressants/

Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry
http://cepuk.org/2015/07/18/rapid-withdrawal-misprescribing-benzodiazepine-leads-1-35m-settlement-luke-montagu-cep-co-founder/

A true story of one of our Veterans

ShayMotion state media and I decided that we wanted to share this message and I wanted to share with you some of my personal past experience with this particular battle.
There are certain things that we hold close to our hearts. This, for me, is one of them. I’m going to tell you something a little personal, but it’s true. When I got out of the Marines in 2013 I was elated to be “free”. What I didn’t realize was how my life was going to change. The Marine Corps took good care of me. I knew where to be, when to be there and what to wear. They fed me, not always the best food, but I was fed nonetheless. They gave me a roof and a bed to sleep in. They gave me brothers and sisters; companionship.It was not until I became a civilian that I realized that I was alone. That my gunny will not be there to help me when I really needed it. That I would have to find a means to feed myself and a way to put a roof over my head. It was terrifying! Simply recollecting the list of things I needed to ‪#‎survive‬ in this world gives me anxiety. The MC was a safety net. It was home.
Depression is real and I’ve been there. I’ve felt it and took the pharmaceuticals that removed my “sadness”, in fact it removed my happiness too. ‪#‎drugsarentalwaystheanswer‬
It was hard to get out of that depression but with love and support I made it. Have I gone in the clear no, because I think depression is something that can always sneak up and wrap its arms around your throat, you just have to know to keep your chin in and keep breathing.
Life is hard. That is undoubtably the truth, but life is also ‪#‎beautiful‬ and in time things pass and we need to look into each other for ‪#‎love‬ and support. ‪#‎PTSDis‬ not limited to ‪#‎military‬ personnel. It is a disorder that can effect all ‪#‎humans‬. We must be ‪#‎empathetic‬ to others and their situation(s)
ex: a person who I will not name once told me “come to me when you have a real problem” after I confessed that “I’m not feeling like myself I’m really sad and I’m not really sure why, but the best way to describe it would be…lost. Like when I was little and I couldn’t see my mom . I kind of panicked” after her comment my anxiety and depression escalated because I felt… Stupid for feeling lost and sad. For me going from civilian to marine was empowering and marine to civilian was debilitating.  ‪#‎vet‬
There are alternatives to help in tough times! www.mentalhealthrights.org