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Writing reporter Karen de Sá for action on Withdrawal Syndromes

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#1 InvisibleUnless


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Posted 09 February 2017 - 07:31 PM

Though our efforts on here seem to be somewhat scattershot and many of us are too busy, too disabled, or otherwise unable to be working on concerted advocacy projects, I felt a simpler or more focused collaborative activity would be writing this one particular reporter, Karen de Sá.  As taken from her biography page at her present position:


"Karen de Sá is an investigative reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. She has worked as a journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 20 years, specializing in investigations of social injustice issues. Her projects have exposed inhumane conditions in youth prisons, the excessive use of psychiatric drugs on foster children, and financial abuse of the elderly and disabled, among other topics."


During her time with the San Jose Mercury News, she wrote the award winning series on the psychiatric drugging of key vulnerable children populations some of us on here are familiar with, which you can access in full here: http://extras.mercur...om/druggedkids/(" Drugging Our Kids")


I've included her contact information below, also as appearing on her bio page here: http://www.sfchronic...or/Karen-de-Sa/


To contact Karen, please call (415) 777-7925 or email kdesa@sfchronicle.com


I feel that some national and international messages to this reporter may be more constructive than simply choosing to offer information to (or solicit aid from) local or prominent newspapers or investigative teams.  She should understand the level of support (personal as well as logistical and material) that should would have from communities like ours in exploring the issue publicly.


You can talk about whatever aspects of the issue most upset you, or caused you the most harm--negligent prescribing, failure to provide informed consent, medical and administrative cover-ups, pharmaceutical misinformation campaigns, misdiagnosis and mistreatment of symptoms, insurance and disability mazes, the impact on quality of care for other patients using facilities like emergency rooms and hospitals, etc.  What should the public know?  Why should they care?

from 2005-2012, i spent 7 years taking 17 different psychotropic medications covering several classes.  i would be taking 3-7 medications at a time, and 6 out of the 17 medications listed below were maxed or overmaxed in clinical dosage before i moved on to trying the next unhelpful cocktail.
antidepressants (SSRIs, SNRIs, NDRIs, tetracyclics): zoloft, wellbutrin, effexor, lexapro, prozac, cymbalta, remeron
antipsychotics (atypical): abilify, zyprexa, risperdal, geodon
sleep aids (benzos, off-label antidepressants & antipsychotics, hypnotics): seroquel, temazepam, trazodone, ambien
anxiolytics: buspar
anticonvulsants: topamax
i tapered off all psychotropics from late 2011 through early 2013, one by one.  for all 5 years since quitting, ive been cycling through severe, disabling withdrawal symptoms spanning the gamut of the serious, less serious, and rather worrisome side effects of these assorted medications.  previous cross-tapering and medication or dosage changes had also caused undiagnosed withdrawal symptoms.
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Posted 13 February 2017 - 11:37 AM

Great post thanks .

Its horrendous how these people are treated ,the mix of big pharma pushing this poison on doctors and advertising and burying court cases and  then we cant even blame the parents or guardians for trusting the powers that be can we. :angry: 

21​/06/2012 citrol10mg for stress, constant urination ,diazepam 2mg 26/07/2012 .12/07/2012 citroll 20mg,

​24/09/2013 Lexapro 20mg.didnt take them for a week during this year felt extremely strange ,had no idea down to drugs at the time .

​20/10/2014 venlafaxine xl 75mg.09/01/2015 venlafaxine xl 37.5. questioned doctor about drop in dose ,I was told no problem.

​13/04/2015 venlafaxine xl 150mg NEVER TOOK THEM getting wise?.20/04/2015 venlafaxine xl 75mg.19/08/2015 Xanax 250mcg [agitated]

​10/06/2015 venlafaxine 37.5mg.02/03/2016 five beads out for taper only lasted till 06/06/2016 extreme irritability and anxiety. 

​11/11/2016 Xanax 250mcg took them for few days ,fairly distressing time [working nearly impossible].11/11/2016 I was given a prescription for  Zyprexa 2.5mg AND DECIDED  NOT TO GET IT FROM CHEMIST.[my doctor gave them a great sales pitch ,talking about other patients that have benefited ,in witch it just annoyed me ]