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Wednesday, February 27th, 2008
12:38 am
The neurology of post-SSRI sexual dysfunction (PSSD)
It has long been known that SSRIs sometimes cause permanent neurological damage to the pathway of physical sexual pleasure. It has not been understood exactly why this happens, except that it likely involves chronic depletion of serotonin from certain serotoninergic neurons, and consequent damage to said neurons. Ultimately, that must somehow reduce the binding of dopamine to D1 receptors (which is what causes pleasure). Due to PSSD's relation to serotonin depletion, the people that are most prone to PSSD are those that have genetic alleles that cause weak serotoninergic function.

The striatum is rich in dopamine and D1 receptors, is adjacent to the nucleus accumbens (the primary pleasure center), and is involved in movement control (and is therefore lacking dopamine in the case of Parkinson's disease).

I have learned that the striatum is also largely responsible for sexual pleasure. Furthermore, it's sex-related function is dependent upon input from serotoninergic neurons. I therefore conclude that PSSD is the result of damage to these serotoninergic neurons in the striatum, and consequent lack of dopamine release to the sex-related neurons of the striatum, and in turn, the lack of sex-related pleasure in the nucleus accumbens. The fact that there is a direct effect upon the striatum, and only an indirect effect upon the nucleus accumbens, also explains why sexual pleasure is effected by PSSD, whereas other types of pleasure (such as that of food) remain intact.

That lack of dopamine release in the striatum need not cause any Parkinsons-like symptoms, nor are such symptoms reported, because Parkinsons-like dystonia could only result from depleting dopamine from the striatum beyond it's basal level that is required for movement control. Unless a person could somehow tap this basal dopamine and use it for the sexual system, Parkinsons-like symptoms should not occur.
Monday, July 18th, 2005
12:04 pm
news item: fwd from Actmad mailing list

Victory For Opponents of Forced Psychiatric Treatment -

Court Ordered Shock Treatment Severely Limited in New York State

Some human rights activists are celebrating a significant victory
with the release of an "ECT Position Statement" by the New York
State Office of Mental Health that restricts the ability and sets
rigid conditions prior to an application of court ordered
"Electronic Convulsive Therapy (ECT)". The document was presented
to members and friends of the Mental Patients Liberation Alliance on
July 15, 2005 as they were preparing to enter into the eighth day of
a vigil and fast at the State Capitol Building in Albany, New York.

A group of people had gathered in Albany on July 8th to begin a
vigil and to fast and/or pray until the "death of forced shock
treatment". The event marked The Alliance's 25th Annual Bastille
Day Celebration/Demonstration and was part of a simultaneous event
coordinated through MindFreedom, an international coalition that
represents over 100 human rights organizations that work to call
attention to the failures of mental health systems.

Activists in New York State were particularly concerned with recent
legislation that extended the State's Involuntary Outpatient
Commitment Law [MHL 9.60] (Kendra's Law) for five years. Under that
law, people who have broken no criminal or civil law may be
court-ordered to receive invasive psychiatric drugs or shock
treatment over their objection.

An outcome report on the past three years the law was in effect was
released this spring by the State Office of Mental Heath. That
report states that nearly 4,000 people in New York State were
ordered to receive "Assisted Community Treatment".
Approximately 80% of these people had no history of violence or
alleged violence - well below the numbers of the "general
population". While the report does not address the use of
court-ordered shock treatment through this "community support
service", information provided by the Office of Mental
Health indicates that 33 people in New York State received
court-ordered shock treatment in 2003, and 84 people received
court-ordered shock in 2004. These are the only years that numbers
are available.

No report has effectively measured the incidence of "forced
treatment by coercion" that results in "voluntary consent" to
drugging and shock. Experiences by activists and advocates, as
well as the reports to them by many others involved with the mental
health system, make clear that coercion is rampant within that
system. Coercion includes the manipulation or disregard of factual
information, undue and/or misguided pressure on an individual to
agree to a course of action, jeopardy of selected services such as
housing, persuasion to comply with a course of action backed by a
threat of securing compliance court-ordered, and otherwise
compelling "consent" under duress.

The ECT Position Paper by the New York State Office of Mental Health
provides in part that no person receiving voluntary treatment can
receive shock involuntarily. It also provides that an advance
directive created when an individual's capacity was not questioned
will be honored when that person's capacity is under scrutiny. A
personal directive forbidding shock, therefore, will be honored even
when the current capacity of an individual is in question.

The members and friends of The Alliance understand that this
victory is an "incremental advance" realized after 30 years of work
towards their effort to stop forced treatment.



cross-posted to antipsychiatry
Thursday, October 28th, 2004
12:16 pm
Hi everyone...I used to be fosphorescent on this group...this is my new journal name.  Anyway, I created a community for survivors of the psychiatric industry.  Like many people out there, I went through hell with the psychiatric industry while just trying to get "treated".  Sometimes I need some support from people who know what I'm going through...and if you need to vent, too, check out this community! 


x-posted, sorry :-)
Monday, October 11th, 2004
11:01 pm
No Exit
"At Western State Hospital, a hundred patients are in mental health purgatory. They should be freed, but the bureaucracy won’t budge."


cross-posted to antipsychiatry
Sunday, September 26th, 2004
3:52 pm
Coalition for Informed Patients and Doctors


cross-posted to halls_of_psyche
Sunday, September 12th, 2004
2:10 pm
Mental unit deaths investigated
A mental health unit in Cornwall is investigating the deaths of three patients over a four-month period.

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004
11:53 pm
Advance Directives In Psychiatry
Law Project For Psychiatric Rights

Bazelon Centre For Mental Health Law

Duke University Program on Psychiatric Advance Directives


cross-posted to halls_of_psyche

Edit: Power Of Attorneys are important too. Be sure not to appoint anyone who will be tempted to spend all your money!
Wednesday, March 31st, 2004
2:41 am
cross-posting to antipsychiatry

Law Project For Psychiatric Rights

Wednesday, March 24th, 2004
3:01 pm
Sunday, March 21st, 2004
10:09 pm
Critical Psychiatry Website
cross-posting to antipsychiatry psyreform & halls_of_psyche

I am happily procrastinating from a poetry project, and in an effort to feel constructive I introduce to you to some critical (of) psychiatry websites.

If you like to question psychiatry, these links will keep you musing and informed for hours.



Current Mood: rejuvenated
Wednesday, March 17th, 2004
11:55 am
I had a vision yesterday of something I could really see myself dedicating my life to. I want to someday open an alternative healing center for mental health. I've been thinking a lot about the epidemic of BPD (yes-epidemic. Disorders like borderline simply did not occur in millions of people when there was a sense of stability and purpose to life), and I've realized that I really want to help change that. I've seen my best friends in entirely too much pain for no reason other than that they were conditioned for it.

The purpose of the center would not be to heal people- I hate nothing more than that dichotomy between doctor and patientm, which can be either insulting (to someone who is seeking control) or entirely too enabling (for someone seeking to relinquish it.). I want to run workshops/group meeting in which people can learn to take back control of their minds and lives. I know it sounds horrendously new-agey, but trust me when I tell you that everything here will be well-researched and as down to earth as possible. No one's going to be handling out glowing crystals. I would like to include aromatherapy classes, basic herbalism, Jungian psychology (possibly using astrological archetypes), color therapy (meditations on colors) journeying, creative visualization, massage and bodywork, and just about nything you can think of that people might not realize is available. I don't want to hand out pills and oil blends, I want to teach the basics of herbs and scents. I want people to unserstand why healing systems work the way they do rather than taking my word for it...
Monday, March 15th, 2004
9:48 pm
urgent: psychiatric survivor's co-op needs your help to survive
Zuzu's Place, a co-op house in Masachusetts for and by psychiatric survivors has two news items to share.

March 26 through 28 a conference and social will take place at Zuzu's.

Zuzu's also seeks new coop members to apply to join the coop so that the place can survive. specifically, eleven new members in the next three months. rent does not cost that much.

please pass on and forward widely.

(cross-posted to any community that seemed relevant. ain't I a stinker?)
Saturday, March 13th, 2004
10:42 pm
Sunday, November 2nd, 2003
11:40 pm
I'm not usually the type of person to introduce myself formally, but in an effort to put some senseless order into my life ... Collapse )
Saturday, August 23rd, 2003
12:49 pm
program on stigma
Here's a radio program on stigma that I think is quite informative. You'll need RealPlayer to listen to it.
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