Research does not support the idea that “chemical imbalances in the brain” are the cause of mental illness. Yet today, 25% of Americans, including millions of children, are taking psychiatric drugs for conditions ranging from ADHD to schizophrenia. Research shows that psychiatric drugs are not effective (barely better than placebo). Instead, the drugs have significant side effects that are often disabling and sometimes life-threatening. Furthermore, the drugs do not address the underlying causes of the individual’s suffering and impairment such as childhood or adult losses and trauma, emotional conflicts in the family, poor self-discipline, difficulties focusing and persisting, real life crises, and self-defeating attitudes.
The majority of today’s practicing psychiatrists are trained to prescribe drugs, and not to provide therapy. Some psychiatrists are interested in assisting patients with medication withdrawal, and returning to a practice model that centers on empathic therapy. Others, however, are hostile to the idea, which means that in order to help the tens of millions of people currently taking drugs and who need help in regaining their physical and mental health, family practice and other general practice health providers, along with psychologists and other types of therapists will need to be trained to assist. While many of these health professionals have maintained for many years that psychiatric drugs were more harmful than helpful, few are trained specifically in what to expect when patients begin the withdrawal process, how to differentiate between medication withdrawal symptoms and underlying psychological issues, and how to effectively engage families and friends to help those affected.
To develop this unique and outstanding program, the Wellness Forum Institute has partnered with psychiatrist Peter Breggin, M.D., a leading promoter of empathic therapy and a pioneering researcher in the toxic effects of psychiatric drugs and how to withdraw from them. Participants will learn guidelines for prescribers, therapists, patients and their families involved in psychiatric drug withdrawal, with emphasis on a collaborative effort that is empowering to the patient and family.
The course fills an important need. Although there are many books and classes that address aspects of drug withdrawal, there are no formal and comprehensive training programs that teach practitioners, patients and families “the whole story” – the actual causes of psychological issues, the consequences of drugging, and effective methods for helping people to extract themselves from “the psychiatric mill.” Conscientious professionals have had to seek knowledge from diverse sources to “piece together” the body of knowledge needed to help patients with their mental health issues, and patients and their families have often had little to rely upon for solid information and encouragement. Finding one’s own way as a professional, family member or patient can be a difficult, time-consuming, expensive, and incomplete process. This is the first comprehensive training program that addresses all aspects of this issue.
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