The Dangers of Psychiatric Medication | Dr. Jim Wright & Dr. David Cohen – MP Podcast #83

SSRI withdrawal – something I didn’t know existed – gave me the worst psychiatric symptoms I’ve ever had for more than 2.5 years after I suddenly stopped taking them (not aware that you had to wean and that they’re dependency forming). If I hadn’t had the diet I’m on (the lion diet) I don’t know what I would have done. It was like I was in hell. Then almost right after I recovered my dad almost died from psych medication. I brought two experts on – Dr. Jim Wright and Dr. David Cohen – to discuss the actual reality behind psychiatric medications and pharmaceuticals and dependency and withdrawal and suicide. This is an episode everyone should listen to if they or a loved one is on psychiatric medication or considering one or acting strange after being medicated.

I’ve linked a film you can watch for 6$ until May 31st as well to learn more (at least go there to check out the trailer and the message from the woman behind the film). This information could save someone you know:

Dr Jim Wright is a clinical pharmacologist. He has a PHD in pharmacology from McGill and spent his career studying prescription drugs. He explains how there are no long term studies of these medications and that we don’t actually know much about what prescription drugs do to patients.
Dr. David Cohen isn author, professor, and Associate Dean for Research and Development at Luskin School of Social Work, UCLA. Dr. Cohen’s research looks at psychoactive drugs (prescribed, licit, and illicit) and their desirable and undesirable effects.

This topic is discussed in great detail in the new documentary Medicating Normal for those interested in a perspective from informed experts on the actual dangers of medication.



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Show Notes:

[0:00] Intro
[2:30] Dr. Wright’s history
[4:30] Dr. David Cohen’s history
[8:30] Major misconceptions of psychiatric drug use
[11:30] A change in the number of young people prescribed psychotropic drugs?
[14:30] The American culture shift surrounding drug use
[21:30] Jordan Peterson’s experience with benzodiazepine withdrawal
[26:00] Mikhaila’s SSRI withdrawal
[33:30] Are doctors required to push prescription drugs?
[38:00] Medicating Normal, why to watch.
[41:00] Most dependency forming psychotropic drugs
[46:30] Advice to anyone on psychiatric medication
[54:00] Why spread awareness of prescription drug dangers?
[59:30] The unknown benzodiazepine crisis
[1:00:00] Akathisia, negative effects related to suicide
[1:10:30] Closing thoughts

Mikhaila Peterson (@mikhailapeterson Instagram) is a 28 year old mother, CEO, health influencer, writer and founder of the Lion Diet, from Toronto, Canada. She has put her idiopathic juvenile arthritis, severe depression (bipolar type II), and chronic fatigue (among other ailments) into remission using The Lion Diet - a beef, salt and water elimination diet. Although it may seem unorthodox, she’s thrived on it for over 2 years. Also recognized for her work with her father, Dr. Jordan B. Peterson (Canadian psychologist and author), she encourages others to take responsibility for every part of their physical and mental health, and teaches how to dramatically transform one's life by never giving up on yourself.

The Mikhaila Peterson Podcast is a podcast where host Mikhaila Peterson speaks with thought leaders, and industry changers - continually finding the best ways to improve the human experience. From stay at home mom’s to CEO’s, fitness enthusiasts to spiritual guides, nutrition researchers to health professionals - Mikhaila has interview-style conversations aimed at provoking thought, addressing difficult subjects, and speaking about topics that are generally shied away from.