‘Medicating Normal’ Film Screening & Panel Discussion [ONLINE]
February 3 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
by The Psychedelic Society (UK)
As we grow our understanding of the healing potential for “alternative medicines” in helping us to unpack deep-rooted trauma and complement psychotherapy, this raises the question: is the current system working? We can be quick to prescribe a tablet or pop a pill in response to a mental health diagnosis, but do we really know what these psychiatric drugs are doing to us and the long-term effects they are having on our health and well-being?
Medicating Normal weaves the stories of five people impacted by prescribed psychiatric drugs and leading experts – it follows the journeys of a newly married couple, a female combat veteran, a waitress, and a teenager – whose doctors prescribed psychiatric drugs to help with stress, mild depression, sleeplessness, focus, and trauma. The film unveils how our medical system too often misidentifies discomfort, stress and trauma as diseases to be treated with drugs – frequently worsening outcomes for misinformed consumers.
Many studies have proven that, while psychiatric drugs can provide effective short-term relief, adverse effects and long-term harm have been hidden from both doctors and patients. This film exposes a larger underlying systemic rationale for how this can be happening – a story of medicine infiltrated by profit-driven multinational pharmaceutical companies seeking to expand markets. Medicating Normal is a wake-up call for anyone taking or prescribing prescription medications regularly.
Our post-screening discussion will cover the reasons behind the making of the film, the first-hand experience of Angela Peacock (one of people focused on in the film) – then perspectives on our current culture of prescribing medication in modern society, with a look ahead to which alternative therapies and medicines might provide hope for mental health treatment in the future.
Link to trailer and website: https://medicatingnormal.com/