Billiam James’ Akathisia Anthem available HERE with lyrics Here raises the profile of one of the most neglected problems in medical care. There may be up to 500 commonly available drugs that trigger depression, agitation and suicadality – see RxISK 500+.
The song has a gritty, hard-hitting message — rated with “Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics” on iTunes and Amazon. It’s for people who feel like their meds are not working as promised. The focus should be on people who have been through the system and know that something is wrong… People 25 years and up. Teenagers just don’t have this kind of experience, and besides we would get in deep shit — their parents and doctors would freak if they see us telling “innocent” teens not to take their meds.
There has been as this quote shows a debate within RxISK about who this Anthem is designed for or appropriate for.
This post is happening on davidhealy.org rather than RxISK because it represents a personal view – that teenagers and young adults – up to 25 are among the groups who most need to get and share the message. This is not because the problem is worse in this age group but much more because they have little to gain from being on drugs that cause these problems. The drugs don’t work in this age group.
I would like to see clips of the Akathisia Anthem circulating widely on Instagram and Snapchat and generating discussion among this age group who may be able to come up with a way to help us all grapple with these problems their parents and grandparents have managed so poorly.
I’d welcome all and any views on this issue.
Posts like this or programs about the hazards of medications often come with a disclaimer – if concerned about any of the issues here consult your doctor. Well in this case on balance there is no point consulting your doctor and great dangers in doing so. They don’t listen when consulted and are highly likely to do exactly the wrong thing if faced with someone voicing distress or clearly agitated – they will double the dose of the drug causing the problem or add in another drug that is likely to make the problem worse.
If you think you may have drug induced akathisia – drug induced emotional turmoil (DIET) – drug induced dysphoria – or just plain feel bad after going on treatment, the best bet is to stop it or reduce the dose. If the problem eases off or stops completely this was Akathisia – DIET.
There are two angles to keep in mind. One is that in some cases it can take a few days and occasionally up to a week to see a difference.
A second is that if you have been on treatment for some time, there is a risk of withdrawal complicating the picture should you decide to reduce or stop your treatment.
Even so, on balance, I cannot recommend consulting a physician or anyone in healthcare even if they seem to be nice people. There are likely some people out there who would react the right way (a minority) but its impossible to know who they are. This is the current sad state of affairs.
If however you are between the ages of 15 and 25 and a woman, there is one more thing to keep in mind – you are on average or in general the most intelligent known force in the universe. Trust your own judgement. Don’t let anyone shout you down.