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N.1. Psychiatric Drugs and Re-evaluation Counseling (Lengthy Reason) 

Harm from Drugs

Relying on psychiatric drugs denies that our minds are intact and that we can discharge, re-evaluate, and think of an elegant solution for each new situation.

Psychiatric drugs are dangerous. Some can cause permanent physical damage to the central nervous system, or death. Many of them affect the ability to learn.

Though they sometimes allow a person to look more “normal” and stop “anti-social” behavior, they are not a real solution. They add another layer of hurt. Psychiatric drugs are being used more and more to silence people’s struggles against racism, poverty, classism, young people’s oppression, sexism, LGBQT oppression, other oppressions, genocide, and war.

Psychiatric drugs are also detrimental to healing. They suppress the discharge process and hide the symptoms rather than promote recovery.

The pharmaceutical industry is expanding rapidly and is making huge profits by exploiting the people hurt by oppression. It widely promotes the misinformation that there is “biological/genetic mental illness” and that drugs are the best and only solution.

“Mental Health” and “Mental Illness”

The “mental health” system increasingly requires workers to give drugs to control people’s “symptoms” of “mental illness.” These workers are typically over-worked in under-staffed institutions and discouraged. They can lose their jobs or be taken to court if they do not give the drugs. They rarely have access to effective counseling methods.

In addition, health care providers, including physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners, who work in general medicine (and not the “mental health” field) are often expected to prescribe and refill prescriptions for psychiatric drugs. Teachers and school administrators are in a similar situation. Forced drugging of “mental patients” is a common practice in much of the world.

“Mental illness” does not exist. The term is used to describe a wide range of behaviors, including heavy, prolonged discharge. These behaviors are the result of experiences of hurt, including oppression and other massive hurts inflicted on people by society.[101] People are conditioned to find these behaviors restimulating. As a result, they push others, as well as themselves, to use drugs in order to hide both the behaviors and the distresses that have caused them.

An increasing number of young people, poor people, people targeted by racism, elders, LGBQT people, incarcerated people, people with disabilities, and people oppressed in other ways are being put on these drugs, without their consent, in order to hide the hurts being inflicted on them by society.

Not a Solution

Psychiatric drugs are often used as a “solution” to emotional, learning, and what are perceived to be behavioral problems. Young people are particularly vulnerable to lifelong dependence, addiction, life-threatening diseases later in life, or even death, when adults force them to take drugs at an early age. In some countries, parents are threatened with their children being excluded from school or other programs or with losing state benefits or custody of their children if they do not give them drugs.

There are real solutions to people’s emotional, learning, and behavioral problems. They require us to organize for fundamental societal change and to pay thoughtful human attention to the people who have been harmed.


[101] The brain can be damaged by infections, toxins, trauma, and degenerative processes. These are physical injuries and may affect behaviors, feelings, and other human functions. As with similar damage to other parts of the body, this kind of damage to the brain may benefit from medical intervention. This Guideline doesn’t address such physical injuries.


Last modified: 2019-05-02 14:41:35+00