Causes Or Cures

Medicating Normal: A Conversation with Director Wendy Ractcliffe and Combat Veteran Angela Peacock

September 29, 2020 Dr. Eeks/ Wendy Ractcliffe/Angela Peacock Episode 46
Causes Or Cures
Medicating Normal: A Conversation with Director Wendy Ractcliffe and Combat Veteran Angela Peacock
Show Notes

In this episode of Causes or Cures, Dr. Eeks chats with Wendy Ractcliffe and Angela Peacock about the documentary film, Medicating Normal. Wendy is a director and executive producter of the film and Angela, a combat veteran, is featured in the film. Angela is also a social worker and part of the film's outreach team.
From the website, Medicating Normal is the "untold story of what can happen when profit-driven medicine intersects with human beings in distress." The documentary follows Angela, a Naval Academy Graduate and his wife, a teenager and a waitress as they struggle with unexpected prescription side effects, polypharmacy, dependency and withdrawal symptoms from drugs that were taken as prescribed.
This podcast covers what "medicating normal" means, the importance of informed consent, the struggle to be heard and taken seriously, while not being labeled "anti-psychiatry," how people overcame their unexpected struggle with prescription medication, the future of mental health and what optimal, long-lasting healing looks like. Angela also shares her insight on how these topics relate specifically to the veteran community.


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