How to spot a psycho
If you want to spot a psycho, don't look for a creep with a hockey mask and an axe. That's just in the movies... or it's a kid in a Halloween costume.
Out in the real world, some of the biggest psychos of all wear white coats and carry prescription pads they use to dish out the antipsychotic drugs that can damage your brain almost as much as the murderer's axe.
The axe hits from the outside, while the drugs work from within -- but new research confirms the result is pretty much the same: dead brain cells, and plenty of them.
Antipsychotic drugs can kill so many brain cells that the inside of your skull will look like the scene of a movie massacre -- and the new 15-year study shows that the more meds you take, the more space you'll need in your brain-cell graveyard.
The study focused on schizophrenics, but don't let that reassure you -- because every day, millions of Americans are given these drugs off-label for just about every condition you can think of.
They're given to children for behavioral problems... adults for sleep disorders... and seniors for dementia.
This, willy-nilly prescribing goes on despite the fact that there's NOT ONE SHRED of science that proves antipsychotic drugs work for any of those conditions. That's why even the American Psychiatric Association is urging its members to think twice before reaching for that axe... er, I mean prescription pad.
When the pill-pushing hacks at Psychos, Inc. say it's time to cut back, you know you've really crossed a line!
Brain damage isn't the only risk of these meds. It's not even the biggest risk -- because antipsychotic drugs are linked to weight gain, diabetes and heart problems as well as confusion and memory loss.
They can even KILL you.
That's the bad news. The good news? I've got much better, far safer and truly effective answers for all the conditions these drugs are routinely used for -- and you can find many of them right here in the Daily Dose and in my fully searchable online archives.
And for one-on-one help, seek the advice of a non-psycho such as a member of the American College for Advancement in Medicine.