Book-In-Focus: Psych Trap: The healing journey of psychiatric nurse who was also a psychiatric patie
Before the era of psychotropic drugs, an individual who goes through hardships relies on family or friends for some extent of support and encouragement to help them work their issues. Today, psychiatrists get individuals to manage their mental health through the use of drugs. Each day, psychotropic drugs cause harmful reactions, and while a whole network of doctors and pharmaceutical companies fully understand the dangers of the drugs they sell, the unsuspecting patients are left to suffer the consequences. Research shows that 20-30% of Caucasians do not even have the liver enzymes necessary to metabolize almost all of these drugs. The book, “Psych Trap: The Healing Journey of Psychiatric Nurse Who Was Also a Psychiatric Patient” by Antoinette Kirby RN, is a compelling account of deception that may be difficult to believe but fatal to ignore. The author shares her first-hand experience of the Big Pharma’s exploitation of mental health through this book. After an intimately violating psychoanalytical experience that went awry, Toni attempted to get help for her post-traumatic stress. Instead, she was given psychotropic drugs, and a diagnosis that was not real and the twenty-five-year nightmare began.
As an RN, she went to work in the psychiatry departments to help those that she identified with. Her book discloses her findings of the fraud of psychiatry, the deceit of pharmaceutical representatives, physicians that do not do their own assessments, the cruelty of the inpatient psychiatric setting, the uselessness of residential settings and mental health centers run by non-medical personnel, settings with the never-ending plans that never include getting well and the completely bogus methods of diagnosing.
The author also shares her journey towards healing. "At some point in our lives, we experience suffering in different ways. People in distress will do anything in their power to alleviate the pain. Wanting things to be better, believing that it is not impossible to overcome anything and making things happen is a compelling testament that the human spirit is boundless and resilient and is therefore capable of healing."
This is the story
During the evening shift, the psychiatrist asked me, the nurse in charge, if I agreed that a young adolescent boy had a mental illness. Immediately disagreeing, I explained that the boy had been severely beaten by his mother's boyfriend, that his anger was understandable. The doctor revealed that his mother reported that her son had a somewhat healthy appetite one night the week before and had played basketball with some friends. His mother said that this was not usual behavior and the doctor concluded that this was evidence of a manic state. I voiced my opinion that perhaps the kid had logical reasons to be angry; a healthy appetite and playing sports were somewhat normal behavior. The doctor still prescribed several psychotropic medications for the young man, including antipsychotic drugs even though there had been no observed, reported, or documented signs of psychosis. Later that night, as I was passing bedtime medications, I found myself standing at the medication station with an anti-psychotic drug in my hand and having a lot of difficulties giving it to a boy who did not need it. My nursing license was telling me that I had to administer it.
What Readers Say
I really enjoyed reading Psych Trap! I certainly will never look at the psychiatric world the same way again! Through her story as both a professional RN and a patient, Ms. Kirby does an excellent job explaining how many of lives challenges are normal and not diseases. Having been "pushed" into taking unnecessary medication, myself, I can easily see how even a professional like herself could get caught up in the "Psych Trap." Before considering ANY psychotropic medications, read this book and learn the truth about their origins and how Big Pharma work
― Amazon's Client, Verified Purchase
"Psych Trap" is a documentary journal of a psychiatric nurse who was also a psychiatric patient. The journal necessarily documents two journeys (those of her career and her medical history) together in time. One cannot have an objective opinion in writing a review of the content of this book. It can only be subjective, based on the experience of the reader, whether similar or different, from the writer's experience. Personally, I have had no experience in this field. I have never been a psychiatric patient and I have as little experience in prescription drugs as anyone could. I have never taken any prescription medication for pain or an antidepressant. A review from me on this subject should not catch anyone's attention. However, I will tell you that the book certainly caught mine! It is a powerful testament of the human spirit to return and be healed. The psychiatric treatment the writer received forced her down a very dark, long rabbit hole. Knowledge, faith and courage lifted her out the other side."
― Lynne Puckett, Amazon's Client, Verified Purchase
Terrifying in its scope and clarity
"This is a remarkable story of how one can overcome anything. More important is that this story tells the truth about the fraud of Big Pharma and how American psychiatry makes mistakes that can devastate a life. The saddest part is that all too frequently— I see so many pieces of this story acted out around me by friends, relatives and co-workers. Ms. Kirby's voice is clear and unwavering from the very beginning to the last page, And coming from two such divergent points of view— that of a patient AND of a practitioner— her voice is all the more powerful. A must-read for anyone who is trapped, or anyone who loves someone trapped in the chemical quagmire that is Big Pharma's approach to mental health."
― Jeffrey Watkins, Amazon's Client, Verified Purchase
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Antoinette Kirby worked twenty one years in the mental health field. Always to be high functioning, she kept secret from most that she carried her own diagnosis that suddenly did not make sense when when she started working in the psychiatric units of America. She maintains that many mistakes happen in this field and that "life is not a disease". With new advances in personalization of sensitivity for medications, we have learned that many people do not even have the liver enzymes to process many psychotropic medications. This makes them have strange side effects that earn them even more diagnoses that do not exist and as of yet, do not even have objective evidence that some even exist at all, She does not advocate going off medications without professional approval and supervision.