This has all happened before Whitaker's and Breggin's books, etc. but this is my story while I wasn't on any medications.
Well, it's complicated. Ways back, when I was 21, I had a horrendous panic attack brought on by a college project and me putting a lot of pressure on myself. I was suffering from some stomach pain for a month, although nothing was found, but this time, it evolved into a full-on heartburn/chest pain episode. So, the family took me to a cardiologist who dsimissed any heart problems due to my age (I was actually fit & healthy), but when I asked if I needed something to calm me down, he reacted so strongly that it just made the panic attack worse. He said something like "if you take one of THOSE pills, pretty soon, the whsole bottle will not be enough". I felt deeply ashamed by the experienced, and also profoundly traumatized. I'd never taken benzodiazepines in that sort of way, ever. So, while the doctor had a good point, I didn't trust him because he reacted to my panic attack with fear and blame, and basically gave me the worst case scenario of what would happen. But there was no real education on the matter, no explanation.
The dialogue was basically this:
Me: I am afraid
Doctor: What are you afraid of? (in a heightened, irritated voice)
Me: I don't know. I don't know. I had chest pain
Doctor: You're too young for a heart attack.
Me: I don't know what's happening, I was doing well the year before, riding my bicycle. I have a lot less energy now
Doctor: Well, that's your own fault
Me: Do I need something to calm me down
Doctor: If I give you anything, pretty soon the whole bottle won't be enough
Me: Feeling ashamed. Didn't say anything
Doctor: You need professional help. Your family isn't enough
Me: Thinking what kind of professional help. Too afraid to ask at this point.
Went out of his office, feeling foolish and inadequate, feeling judged.
A couple of months later, I started talking to a college counselor and my psychology instructor. It helped tremendously
So, my advice to others who want to warn someone else about the dangers of any psychotropics is NOT to do it from the position of fear and/or blame.
Also, people sometimes like the theory of chemical imbalance, because it makes them feel safer rather than dealing with underlying traumas and emotional obstacles that may be what's driving them to the psychiatric drugs in the first place.
I believe it's just as dangerous to dismiss someone's issues right out of the gate, as it is for the doctor to prescribe psych meds as a first-line treatment, without inquiring about the person's situation in life.
Prozac 1997- 2013, stopped after 1 month short-taper.
Ativan 0.5mg 2010-2012 (on/off use, mostly off than on)
Ativan 0.5mg 2013-2014 (on/off, mostly on than off)
Ativan up to 2-3mg/day Dec 2014/Jan 2015
Tapered down ativan to 0.54mg/day, 2015-2017
With help of 12.5mg valium, 100mg Metoprolol, 600mg Gabapentin