WARNING: Dendritic Spreading
Support Coalition - David Oaks
dendron at efn.org
Sun May 19 21:04:42 EST 1996
1. Forcing neuroleptic drugs is common, both inside institutions
and on an outpatient basis, in the USA and internationally.
2. Long-term administration of these drugs (Prolixin, Haldol, etc.)
can cause deleterious brain changes which can be seen from
post-mortem and animal studies, by neuroscientists.
3. Neuroscientists have generally been silent about bringing
this news to the public, and explaining "there may be a problem."
Certainly, no informed consent tells patient or family about these
brain changes, except tardive dyskinesia.
4. During "Brain Awareness Week," as I explained on NPR's
"Talk of the Nation," our organization held a protest of the
5. To publicize this, we held a tongue-in-cheek (but effective)
"BRAIN BOYCOTT," encouraging people to contact McLean's
"brain bank" (1-800-BRAIN-BANK). Researcher Jill Taylor there
has seen dendritic spreading attributed to a rebound against
neuroleptic drugging, but refuses to call this brain "change"
a potential problem. (There are *many* forms of brain change
following long term use of neuroleptics, as one can well
imagine!) You can call Jill yourself and ask her.
6. People reading the above five points might deny them,
but now can never say, "But I was never told, I didn't know."
Silence is complicity. Please copy and forward to others.
In support & struggle, David Oaks <dendron at efn.org>
Support Coalition, Co-Coordinator / Dendron News, Editor
PO Box 11284 Eugene, Oregon 97440-3484 USA
BREAKING THE SILENCE ABOUT PSYCHIATRIC OPPRESSION!!!
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