CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 29, 1983
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(Studio) Side effect of tardive dyskinesia from long-term use of antipsychotic drugs discussed.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(NYC) Dilemma faced by physicians in treating schizophrenia with antipsychotic drugs due to probability of patients developing tardive dyskinesia examined; Michael Littlejohn's case cited as example Films shown. [Clifford LITTLEJOHN - notes family's concern.] Drug in question listed. [Michael LITTLEJOHN - recalls onset of tardive dyskinesia.] [Brenda and Clifford LITTLEJOHN - are distressed over son's dual problems.] Psychiatrists' concern that antipsychotic drugs may cause other brain damage as well, even worsening mental illness and inability to discover extent of their dangers due to masking of symptoms discussed. [Dr. Melvin SABSHIN - acknowledges dangers.] [Dr. Peter BREGGIN - accuses medical profession of performing chemical lobotomies.] [Dr. Harold KLAWANS - considers that idea crazy, unsubstantiated.] [Don. BOLTON, PATIENT - discuss drug's impact on them.] [SABSHIN - feels antipsychotic drugs have benefitted more than harmed schizophrenics.] Scenes from "Hurry Tomorrow" shown. [Brenda LITTLEJOHN - feels price is too high.]
REPORTER: Susan Spencer