According to a news article today, it’s going to be a lot harder for anyone to deny what some of us have been saying for quite a while: that antipsychotic medications frequently result in shrinkage of the brain. The study, in the Archives of General Psychiatry, found that over seven years ” More antipsychotic drug treatment, including duration and intensity, was linked to greater declines in brain volume. Severity of disease, alcohol and illegal drug use had no effect.”
Despite this seeming damming evidence, the lead researcher didn’t want to come off as critical of the medications, no doubt because he knows where most of the research money comes from, so he was careful to caution everyone not to “jump to the conclusion” that this was “bad.”
Well, when they find evidence that suggests that “schizophrenia” makes a brain shrink, they somehow never imagine that it might NOT be bad. But here they found that severity of “disease” seemed to cause no shrinkage, and the medications did, and yet we shouldn’t “jump to the conclusion” that it is bad. I can almost see the spin the drug salespeople will be putting on this a few weeks from now “Well actually you see we are now thinking that the drugs only shrink the unbalanced part of the brain, so the overall result is good!”
I hope this leads to a lot more pressure for non-drug alternative approaches. And for programs to help people who have been dependent on these drugs to try carefully phasing them out in safe ways, with good support.