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The subject of psychiatric medications and its impact on peoples’ wellbeing is a complicated one. Prescriptions for mood-altering drugs have exploded in the U.S. and Europe since Fluoxetine (i.e., Prozac) was approved in 1987 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

However, we are only recently slowly coming to examine the impact these drugs have had and are having on users and society.

So to better understand how these drugs impact users  — which include everybody from mildly depressed housewives, to mental patient to children who have trouble concentrating in school — we present here a collection of news articles, blog posts and books on psychiatric medication.

The nine-page collection is available to download for free and includes active links to news articles, the majority of which are from mainstream news outlets like the New York Times, blog posts and a list of books.

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This just in from the New York Times

Today the New York Times has published a piece about a study in Sweden that has linked use of antidepressants taken during pregnancy to autism.

The Times describes the study as being “cautiously worded” and, as always, correlation does not prove causality.

Nevertheless, it’s worth a look. Here’s the link.

Why is this woman in a wheelchair?

Now age 23 and no longer taking psychiatric drugs, Jenelle remains a charming, intellectually sharp, articulate, and pretty young woman (prettier than she looks in photographs), so much so that despite being wheelchair-bound by her drug-induced physical disability.”

Read the rest of Jenelle’s story.

It is stories like these that inspired the formation of EECAF.

EECAF undertaking study of effects of psychiatric medication in Midlothian


As part of the Auntie Nancy Campaign EECAF is conducting a scientifically based ‘DOUBLE LAMBDA STUDY’ in order to investigate the effects of psychiatric medications on mental health  patients in Midlothian.

The purposes of this study are twofold:

         (1) To obtain statistically valid conclusions.
         (2) To add to their file of evidence that they are using to address the NHS and the Scottish Government on this issues.

A number of subjects have already been assigned pseudonyms and anonymously interviewed, using a carefully designed questionnaire with fairly framed questions. The in-depth interviews are approximately 90 minutes and are conducted by an ultra-friendly specially appointed interviewer who is not from the NHS or a member of any public or private health-care institution.

The interview helps the subjects to respond to the questionnaire as fully as possible and then asked several insightful follow-up questions. No background personal, details or dates of treatment are requested or mentioned. It is essential to maintain  anonymity in the study. In addition, the names of the consultant psychiatrists are neither requested nor recorded.

The interviewees are treated to a cup of coffee, and given £10 for the efforts. The interviewer tries to meet them at a location of their choice.

The responses to the questionnaire have so far been highly illuminating. The interviewer also thinks that all of his subjects are very nice people.

EECAF and Thomas Leonard form ‘Auntie Nancy Partnership’

EECAF was founded in part to combat the idea that modern psychiatric medications are “wonder drugs” that can cure mental illness.

We believe modern psychiatric medications are cures worse than the disease. Further, we trust that in the coming years mounting evidence will support our claims.

Meanwhile, however, many people suffer.

Thomas Leonard, a retired academic statistician, is doing his part for those who suffer. Leonard has become a donor and partner in EECAF’s campaign to make people aware of the dangers of these often over-prescribed drugs. The campaign has been re-named in honour of Leonard’s ‘Auntie Nancy.’

Leonard explains in his own words.

On 24 of March this year  I celebrated  my 65th birthday with friends and relatives, one of whom has also suffered from Epilim Chrono/Sodium valproate.

I have therefore felt encouraged to rename my public-health campaign, regarding the physical side-effects of psychiatric medications, ‘The Auntie Nancy Campaign.’

This is in memory of Nancy Leonard (1922-2012) of Budleigh Salterton, Devon. My aunt suffered from leukemia for over 20 years, the last few years without the benefit of chemotherapy. I am using part of her legacy to finance my further activities and networking in relation to my campaign.

I am sure that my kindly aunt would have wanted me to do this. I am now running my campaign in collaboration with the Edinburgh Equality Collective Action Forum (EECAF), a support and advocacy charity for the mentally disadvantaged.

EECAF is proud to be partners with Mr. Leonard. But we can’t do it all alone. We need your help too. To find out how you can help or donate email EECAF.

Thank you for your support in this very important cause.

Is there a link between violence and psychiatric medication?

Jillian Soto uses a phone to get information about her sister, Victoria Soto, a teacher at the Sandy Hook elementary school in U.S.., after a gunman killed more than two dozen people, including 20 children. Victoria Soto, 27, was among those killed. (Jessica Hill/AP)

Jillian Soto uses a phone to get information about her sister, Victoria Soto, a teacher at the Sandy Hook elementary school in U.S.., after a gunman killed more than two dozen people, including 20 children. Victoria Soto, 27, was among those killed. (Jessica Hill/AP)

Recently, Thomas Leonard, has brought to EEFAF’s attention an interesting article that links the mass shooting in the United States to the rampant use of psychiatric medication.

Please check out this piece by Emma Bragdon. Also, check out Thomas Leonard’s correspondence on his website.

In addition, there’s a video that goes with the piece that we’ve embedded below that’s well worth a look.


Happy pills were badly named

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EECAF has received many complaints about how psychiatric medication has hurt patients rather than helped them.

So far we have gathered both anecdotal evidence and found several disturbing statistical correlations. There are several lawsuits, mostly in the U.S., over the harmful side-effects of these medications and the issue is gaining increased attention in the news media.

We  believe that these medications are, at the least, overprescribed and are often given to make life easier on the caregiver rather than for the good of the patient.

We will be writing more about this issue and this is one of the top priorities of our public-health campaign.  We will also be posting a compendium of news articles on the subject, which you will be able to download for free.

Our goal is to warn people who may already be taking these medications and to have an impact on NHS practices in Scotland.

We take the position that medication puts the patients at risk and should not be prescribed when there are alternative treatments.

You can visit Tom Leonard’s website for more information on this issue.