Posted by

J** P

 I am wondering if medications (specifically Celexa 

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
Citalopram, an

 and Buspirone

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
an anxiolytic]

) can cause brain
damage or otherwise cause an adult 

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
how old is she?]

experience a drastic decline in mental functioning. Our daughter has been on
these meds ( for anxiety) for approx. three years and her full scale IQ has
declined by 17 points since 1992  

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
There are virtually no long-term
trials of psychotropic drugs; anything as long as a year. The first
"experiments" of what 3 years worth of such drugs do to human beings are
those carried out in the practice setting on persons such as your daughter.
Further, not only is it not known what either of these drugs does to human
beings over three years, it is absolutely unknown what this combination of 2
drugs will do over that period.]

. Our physician is at a loss as to
what is wrong and has recommended we see a neurologist.I am worried that the
drugs may have damaged her brain. Please help us any way you can.

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
Your physician, the one, I assume, prescribing thus, should know and
convey to you that no psychiatric diagnosis, and surely not "anxiety" or
"generalized anxiety disorder" is a bona fide disease due to an abnormality
in the person. Further, he has a duty to tell you that all drugs are
general, whole-body, -brain toxins and that they are the first and only
abnormality in the individual--in this case, your daughter. It is his duty
to tell you--your daughter--that any troublesome change in such a patient
cannot be due to the "disease"--there is no disease, but must be due to the
drug(s) and that as such drugs are never essential (unlike in the treatment
of real diseases), they ought be discontinued, keeping the patient off of
all non-essential drugs. This would include any psychotropic drugs. You
should also get her to a neurologist to be sure no other disease is present.
The sooner she is off of nervous system-acting drugs the sooner the
neurologist can know what the problem is, and is not. --FB]

 *I am in
no way your/your daughter's treating physician.

Leave a Reply

  • (will not be published)