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Mar 26, 2004
Legal fallacies of antipsychotic drugs
By Treatment Advocacy Center

A fascinating paper was profiled yesterday on Dr. Helen's blog.

An excerpt:

The safeguarding of individual liberties is an important function of the courts. Indeed, antipsychotic medications are associated with numerous side effects ... But the implication that such medicines are mind-controlling and have the propensity to sabatoge intentionality of free thinking fundamentally misunderstands the effects that these life-saving medications have for millions of people. More crucially, the notion that antipsychotic drugs impair cognition for people suffering from psychosis is in direct opposition to the wealth of scientific studies that have demonstrated just the opposite: that these medicines improve cognition.​

The lead author is Steven K. Erickson. You can read the whole study at Legal Fallacies of Antipsychotic Drugs.

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