Michael Landsberg and the #Sicknotweak team,
First, I would like to thank you for your unwavering commitment to bringing people together and encouraging them to share their stories. This is a unique and essential type of support which is necessary in our mental health system. What you are doing is very important to our friends, families and society as a whole, and many lives will be saved because of it.
Sharing our experiences and reaching out is an important step in helping ourselves and others. But, being well informed is also as important.
Part of this community are people who have been on psychiatric medications for weeks, months, or years and had their health, families, or lives destroyed by these drugs. We are witnesses to what these drugs can do and loud voice of warning for future generations.
In response to the May 15, 2016 Daily Landsblog, I would like to offer the following information. In severe cases, the short term use of psychiatric drugs may be helpful; however, long term use of these drugs result in more health problems. For example, Wellbutrin is a Norepinephrine and Dopamine Reuptake pump Inhibitor (NDRI). Cipralex, also known as Lexapro is a Selective Serotonin Reuptake pump Inhibitor (SSRI).
There are two important brain functions which become disabled by these drugs. First, the drugs inhibit the reuptake of these neurotransmitters, preventing its natural recycling process. Without this normal recycling process, these neurotransmitters get metabolized and are produced less and less over time. Eventually, the brain will be unable to produce its own neurotransmitters.
Second, the brain recognizes the unnatural high concentration of neurotransmitters in the synapse, and due to its neuroplasticity it begins to shut down its own receptors.
In time, these neurotransmitters become depleted and most receptor sites shut down. This is why people suffer from agonizing withdrawals when coming off these drugs. They literally disable parts of brain over time. This is why many mistakenly say their drug stops working when in reality it is the brain stop its normal functions.
In conclusion, I encourage all to do their own research while looking for answers. I would like to thank you, Mr. Landsberg, for all that you do. Please continue to bring people together and encourage them to share their stories. Thank you to the #Sicknotweak, #Imnotahamed, and #Endthestigma teams for your strength and dedication to helping others. Continue to save lives.
Reuptake: The reabsorption of a neurotransmitter by a neurotransmitter transporter of a pre-synaptic neuron after it has performed its function of transmitting a neural impulse. Reuptake is necessary for normal synaptic physiology because it allows for the recycling of neurotransmitters and regulates the level of neurotransmitter present in the synapse.
Neuroplasticity: The brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Neuroplasticity allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment.