Educational Media Reviews Online (EMRO) | Bryan J. Sajecki, University at Buffalo
Highly Recommended "Medicating Normal is an incredibly interesting film for any academic library and acts as a warning to be more aware of what people put in their body. Old advertisements from drug companies are juxtaposed with pertinent longitudinal statistics and information from medical experts and real-life stories. Its themes of mental health, psychology, and the pharmaceutical industry are hot button topics for the classroom. In addition to the film, there is an accompanying discussion guide for instructors."
University College London | Joanna Moncrieff, Professor of Critical and Social Psychiatry
“Medicating Normal is a powerful and moving film about the damage that is done by the inappropriate medicalisation of human predicaments and the reckless prescribing of psychiatric drugs. The film reveals the harm done to its subjects whose lives were derailed by prescribed medicines, and it shows the courage and determination it took to get off the drugs. Watch it and weep for all the others who have been harmed in this way-I did!”
The University of British Columbia | Thomas L. Perry, Clinical Assistant Professor
“Anyone who prescribes psychotropic drugs should watch Medicating Normal, not once but twice. Then think about whether your patients really ‘need’ drug therapy. What are the chances it will help more than harm? A little knowledge may be a dangerous thing, but this film should cause many to wonder whether patients know more about the drugs than most prescribers.”
Stanford University Medical Center | Anna Lembke, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
“Medicating Normal dares to challenge prevailing myths about how psychotropic medications work, or fail to, in our ongoing struggle to treat mental illness. It promises to spark a long-overdue national conversation on the growing problem of overprescribing.”
University College London | Mark Horowitz, Psychiatry Trainee & Clinical Research Fellow
“Most psychiatrists know that the studies on which our drugs are approved last just a few weeks. Therefore, we have all, in a quiet moment, asked ourselves, ‘What is the effect of putting people on these drugs for years or decades?’ Medicating Normal is a powerful film that answers this question in a disturbing and eye-opening way. This film should be mandatory viewing for prescribers, patients and their family members. It is a sober redress to the pro-Pharma messaging so prevalent in our society."
Texas Tech University School of Medicine | Rakesh Jain, Clinical Professor
"Even as a persnickety psychiatrist, I find this documentary to be hugely beneficial as a conversation starter on this important topic. Not everyone will come out of it agreeing with all it says, but I can guarantee it will provoke additional thinking in every clinician, and perhaps even create a shift in our thinking and action on the issue of medication prescribing in America."
Case Western Reserve University | Awais Aftab, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
"Medicating Normal is a remarkable documentary that illustrates how conversations about the harms of psychiatric medications have entered the public realm. In response to the failure of the medical system to adequately acknowledge these harms, ex-patients/survivors are taking ownership of their psychiatric distress and addressing it on their own terms. These are complex issues and there are no easy answers; the strength of Medicating Normal is that it boldly initiates a societal discussion that has been long overdue.”
"Each tells his or her story, painfully describing the increased symptoms from increasing medications and the pain of withdrawal. Psychiatrists, doctors, and scholars add their commentary. This is sure to start discussions about these medications and their varied impacts."
GOOD DOCS and the MEDICATING NORMAL outreach team offers assistance in creating a customized post-screening panel. Panel discussions generally run 45 minutes to an hour and can include a filmmaker, a subject in the film, and 1-2 additional individuals depending upon audience needs and interests. We offer a curated and extensive list of potential panelists that includes researchers, clinical pharmacologists, pharmacists, psychiatrists, psychologists, physician assistants, trauma therapists, parents, lawyers, science journalists and others. Post-film discussions have been broadened by including the voice of at least one individual whose life has been impacted by psychiatric drug treatment, many of whom are medical professionals themselves.
This customized option is highly recommended based on deep and rewarding discussions in over 130 post-screening panels completed thus far.