- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse; F First Paperback Edition Used edition (April 24, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935278592
- ISBN-13: 978-1935278597
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 74 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher Paperback – April 24, 2009
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About the Author
Gwendolyn Leslie Olsen spent more than a decade as a sales rep in the pharmaceutical industry working for health care giants such as Johnson & Johnson, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Abbott Laboratories. She is a writer, speaker, and mental health activist who lives outside Austin, Texas.
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I thought it would be strictly about "Pharma" and somewhat impersonal, but instead a good part of the book is about the author's family and how drugs deleteriously impacted it. The story about her niece was heartbreaking. I do feel that, due to her abuse as a child, even without all the meds prescribed, her end might have been equally tragic. God bless her. But certainly the meds were integral to her feeling that life was unbearable.
I was on antidepressants for twenty-five years and Zyprexa for about ten. I had no idea they were numbing my feelings. When I got off them in my early fifties (very slowly!), I was shocked to find all the feelings that came rushing back. Talk about overwhelm!!! Oy. My doctor never said a word about Zyprexa causing diabetes. We're all just guinea pigs in the end when it comes to the chemicals they hand out. Now they've got a new one they are advertising all the time. I can't remember the name, but it's for people who laugh and cry too much. Give me a break!! That must be for the disease called "The Human Condition".
Anyway, I enjoyed reading this book. The author articulately illuminates the world of Pharma. It's not philanthropy, that's for sure.
At one point I lied to my psychiatrist, and stopped taking all meds he prescribed. I refused to take blood tests to find levels and ignored many attempts to try 'new' samples of medication. During the time period of not taking psych medication I started to gain strength and heal with talk therapy. No psych drugs needed. Why did I do this? Because, while on psych drugs I felt lethargic, suicidal, fatigued and lived with no hope. At first, I was afraid to share this information with the same doctors who were treating me because according to my insurance guideline I must be medicated to receive benefits. I was outraged, intimidated and manipulated into buying un-necessary medication and storing un-used meds in my medicine cabinet just to get my medical bills paid by insurance and continue to receive psychiatric help...
I am doing well today. My therapy lasted eighteen years and yes, I was a mess. But I healed by working with my therapist and doctors to my individual needs. Without a toxic combination of drugs.
I am a survivor of multiple personality disorder. I now see a holistic doctor and never felt better physically and mentally in my life. The mind is powerful and I am a true believer in less is more.
In reading this book it not only confirmed my belief but has helped me understand the world of a rx drug sales rep. I am sorry about the loss of Gwen's niece to suicide but glad to read a book that all doctors should read if they are to understand and help their patients get well. My doctors worked with "Me" to heal me. Once I questioned them they each helped me heal without medication. I am grateful to them for that. Patients truly need to be their own advocates.
I would love to talk more with the author about my experiences...
Karen Overhill Co-Author of my story, "Switching Time" by Author Richard Baer