The functions of brain aspects alongside neurotransmitters have been affected by all types of psychiatric medications. Each and every psychiatric drug has got a unique effect on the patient’s brain aspects. For instance, dopamine neurotransmission is suppressed and blocked by the use of antipsychotic drugs while removal of neurotransmitter serotonin from the brain synapses is blocked and suppressed by SSRI antidepressants. The overall brain functions are suppressed by the administration of benzodiazepines. The hypothesis of this article is whether there are initial biochemical effects to the brain cells that are caused by psychiatric drugs. Do these initial biochemical effects make the brain cells of the patients to undergo broader changes in the long run?
The type of research that was conducted by Breggin on Chronic Brain Impairment was observational research because it is all based on his clinical experience. The research included case studies of different psychiatric patients who have undergone this kind of process. each and every case involving the psychiatric patients have been analyzed to show several drugs that have been administered to patients contribute to chronic brain impairment.
Psychiatric drugs are made of psychiatric substances and have clinical effects on the patients’ brains that are identical to close-head injury symptoms. The brain that is injured is limited to several reactions. The brain of a normal human being is complex and has an infinite capacity. The above presented observations represent diagnosis of syndrome on chronic brain impairment.
The samples presented in this article include characteristics and symptoms of chronic brain impairment. Patients have been observed to suffer from short-term memory dysfunction during early stages of their ailment. These patients have been observed to have difficulty in concentrating and impaired new learning processes. Psychiatric drug have in the past cause the patients to experience loss of energy and vitality. They seem not to care of their situations. They have also been observed to worsen emotionally. They show increased impatience, anger, loss of empathy and irritability. The patients have also exhibited mood changes with anxiety and depression. Patients who use psychiatric drugs have also exhibited lack of self-awareness. Some of these symptoms include drug-induced tardive dyskinesia, TBI and Alzheimer’s disease. However, CBI patients normally fail to identify symptoms of brain dysfunction they encounter.
The results of these observations indicates that there are several side effects that are pronounced on psychiatric patients when they are subjected to chronic brain impairment drugs but the most common effects include: loss of interest in creative endeavors, family and even hobbies; and short-term memory dysfunction. Psychiatric patients who have been exposed to chronic brain impairment drugs for a very long period of time tend to show loss of intensity and interest on activities that require a lot of engagement. However, some of these patients will deny their loss of interests on such activities but some of their friends and family members will attest to this. Chronic brain impairment can be effectively treated by helping the patient to completely withdraw from all psychiatric drugs. It is also important to keep the patient on sufficient sleep and rest, moderate exercise and good nutrition. The patients should also be discouraged from using psychoactive substances such as natural remedies, illegal drugs and natural remedies.
Peter R. Breggin (2011). Psychiatric drug-induced Chronic Brain Impairment (CBI): Implications for long-term treatment with psychiatric medication