Making a Killing: The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging

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Psychotropic drugs. It’s the story of big money-drugs that fuel a $330 billion psychiatric industry, without a single cure. The cost in human terms is even greater-these drugs now kill an estimated 42,000 people every year. And the death count keeps rising. Containing more than 175 interviews with lawyers, mental health experts, the families of victims and the survivors themselves, this riveting documentary rips the mask off psychotropic drugging and exposes a brutal but well-entrenched money-making machine. Before these drugs were introduced in the market, people who had these conditions would not have been given any drugs at all. So it is the branding of a disease and it is the branding of a drug for a treament of a disease that did not exist before the industry made the disease.  

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  • sall

    There is an ad that plays quietly in the backround at my local grocery store. It says "did you know that if you've had chicken pox you might be at risk for shingles?" And an innocent naive women says, "oh really I didn't know that." Then the Ad continues to say "ask you pharmacist if you might be at risk of shingles....this ad brought to you by Merck Pharmaceuticals."

    So now when we have a rash we don't go to the doctor, we go directly to a pharmacist? Yes everyone has had chicken pox, caused by the Herpes Zoroster virus. That causes shingles under immunosuppression. You don't just "get it" out of the blue as the body holds the virus in latency with the antibodies made in childhood. So the virus acts as an oppurtunistic infection only when the body isn't functioning normally for another serious reason. But if you have shingles, Merck suggests going to a pharmacist directly and taking, more than likely, a corticosteroid with a fancy whimsical name that will immunosuppress the body even further but not actually solve the underlying problem.

    As the ad plays so softly in the backround you cannot help but think of Winston Smith in his modern dystopia. I suggest to everyone to go watch "the century of self" to really understand how truly disgusting this situation is.

  • guest

    IOne more thing....this documentary really sounds like some Scientology propaganda.

  • guest

    PS How it was explained to me, plus some research on my own......There is depression, like everyone experiences once in awhile.  The word 'clinical' attached to the word depression denotes an actual illness in the body.  In this case one of the most important organs in the body, the brain. I can honestly say, it was an illness, and I did recover from it, with some help.  For the skeptics 'out there', I can only say that I hope that you never experience this illness.

  • guest

    I was diagnosed with clinical depression and suffered with it for over a year,  At the time of diagnosis the doctor told me it is not really known why certain drugs work, but also recommended therapy as well.  I have to say that having this illness was the worst thing I have ever experienced and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.  Anyway, the drug took time to work, but gradually I began to feel like my ole self again and I am thankful to my doctor for his help.   It is, as I mentioned, an illness, and believe me one does feel very ill.  Thoughts of suicide to escape the torment were frequent, initially and  during my long recovery, I was so fatigued that I slept for a good part of the night and day.  Headaches, deep profound sadness, and isolation were also constant companions.  It is important to note that having an illness in the brain is still having an illness in the body.  Because there is so much stigma attached to 'mental illness', it is one of the cruelest illnesses to have.  The brain is such a complex organ that in a  manner of speaking, it is a frontier that has yet to be completely discovered and fully understood. I do agree that great care and monitoring must take place when one is prescribed drugs.  Also and unfortunately, trial and error does happen until the correct meds and dosage can be determined.  Yes, there can be terrible side effects with some drugs, too. (I was one of the lucky ones to have a doctor who seemed to know exactly the drug I needed and I never suffered side effects)  Thankfully this was done for me and I do understand other people's pain concerning clinical depression and hope they find their cure too.

  • Jessica Charnley

    You obviously have never suffered from depression or anxiety have you?

  • Jessica Charnley

    You obviously have never suffered from depression or anxiety have you?

  • Stan

    Well.  That word association; "clinically depressed", came from which industry?  Bonus points if you can name the corporation who originally used it in their Ad campaign.

  • Brooke

    Obviously you've never been clinically depressed.  It's not feeling "a little sad" and it DOESN'T "pass after a while", even if you're in talk therapy.  Your statement is incredibly ignorant.

  • Jan listening......what is your suggestion to help alleviate the lack of knowledg most of these so-called morons have about these meds? How do you propose change or do you care to share an idea or two?

  • Knottyrich

    a degree in what? scamming people? creating diseases? poisoning the youth? writing scripts' for an anti depressant when really i'm just a little sad and it will pass after a while, or having someone to talk to? hmmm...nah i'll pass thank you.

  • Jan

    OMG please go get a degree...

  • Knottyrich

    well, very good doc. but one has to wonder/question....its not the doctor or the medicine to is the person or the parent that runs to the doctor to GET the drug. that is the problem..just because i see a commercial for a hamburger i don't run out and eat....why would i run out and "ask my doctor" for some dope! it's the idiot sheep that can't think for himself....if you can't get a hard-on its because you don't wanna have sex...not a "disorder"....etc. the people are the morons....on day 8 my little girl kills herself after telling me over and over she feels like crap....why not STOP TAKING THE PILLS YOU STUPID PARENTS  !! don't even cry...your a dumbass. wanna fix the problems.....ummm, really pretty easy, THINK FOR YOUSELF AND STOP TAKING DRUGS

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