In 2001, a commonly prescribed SSRI anti-anxiety drug nearly cost me my life. The psychotic drug side effects led to me being involuntarily committed into a psychiatric hospital, where I was then diagnosed with a mental disorder. More Rx psych drugs were prescribed and forced upon me. That escalated to more psychosis, mania, and suicidal ideation. What happened after that is unimaginable…
In 2018, I published my harrowing psychopharmacology memoir, Crazy or Not, Here I Come. My book was quickly hijacked by the publisher, Dog Ear Publishing; I never received any royalties for my book sales. An August 7, 2019 Indy Star newspaper article by Nyssa Kruse, “We were scammed: A dozen authors say Dog Ear Publishing owes them thousands,” discusses the fraudulent transgressions by the publisher. You can click this link to view that article here:
In addition to legal action taken against Dog Ear Publishing, a group of authors, including myself, succeeded in destroying the Better Business Bureau rating for Dog Ear Publishing. That BBB content can be found here
Fed up with waiting on the justice system and legal proceedings, in 2021, I took action: I formed my own publishing company, WriteRoad Publishing. Check out that website here:
Next, I doubled down, added 100 more pages of content, pharma evidence, full color photo images, government officials’ names and emails, text messages, and other victims’ stories. Then I republished my memoir with my own WriteRoad Publishing company: C℞AZY or NOT: My journey through pHarMa druGs, psychotic side effects, and a vile mental health sYstem.
No sooner than I published C℞AZY or NOT, I felt strongly that after all trials, tribulations and transgressions, it was time my book received a fresh beginning with a new title and book cover design. C℞AZY or NOT was published with identical content as, THE MAD ROAD: A Mental Health Memoir To Save Lives.
"I would like to thank myself for the miracle of my being here today."
These are the words Dawn spoke before members of the FDA Psychopharmacologic Drug Advisory Committee hearing in 2006, before she described her prescription drug related experience - an alarming ordeal that began five years earlier... With a successful and coveted career in the music touring industry, a blossoming new relationship, and her beloved dog Simon by her side, Dawn sets off for a sunny vacation in Florida between tours. But when she is prescribed an anti-anxiety pill for a minor problem, her charmed life quickly spirals into mania, insomnia, religious preoccupations, impulsive actions, grandiose behaviors, suicidal ideation, and psychosis. The world altering events of September 11 further propel a delusional Dawn into a full-blown paranoid, psychotic war - and she is brutally taken into custody, involuntarily committed to a mental crisis institution, and pharmaceutically drugged even more. In riveting detail, Dawn takes the reader on a wild and terrifying ride of insanity. As the drugs are flushed from her system, she begins to regain control over her life and flourish. Despite all challenges that present, Dawn shares her harrowing story to shed light on the dark epidemic of pharmaceutical drug-generated violence, suicide, homicide, and terror in the name of mental health.
A mental health psychopharmacology memoir, THE MAD ROAD / C℞AZY or NOT is a fully forthcoming account spanning over two decades of a life entrapped in the mental health system. Medications, involuntary commitments, police and medical transgressions filled with psychosis, diagnosis and madness are described in harrowing detail; bolstered by medical records, police reports and full color photo images.
Clarity comes in the form of education, connection that leads toward a path of political activism, meetings with elected representatives, plus testimony to the FDA. A well-documented timeline of violence, tragedies, weaponizations and warnings are substantiated by resources and pictures.
The power of unconditional love, humanity, empathy, and will-to-live is driving throughout with clear purpose: to help generate a safer, healthier, more stable society. THE MAD ROAD / C℞AZY or NOT is a story that will open your eyes, break your heart, lift your soul and make you think. And it just may inspire you to believe in yourself too.
In 1997, the United States of America became the only country in the world to begin Direct-to-Consumer Marketing of prescription drugs, followed only by New Zealand. U.S. doctors became drug dealers. People became disorders. Mass prescribing of psycho-pharmaceutical drugs exploded and an epidemic of mass killings and suicides followed. It is well past time for DTC marketing of prescription drugs to cease and our medical professionals to be restored to the practice of healing, as opposed to mere prescribing and drugging.
Nearly everyone knows someone whose life has been adversely affected by psychopharmacology, antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, medications. The goal of my book is to help save lives from the deadly effects of psychopharmaceutical drugs. I am fed up with the mass labeling of children, teens and adults as mental health disorders. I am fed up with the mass killings, mass shootings, homicides, suicides, psychosis, derealization, mania, paranoia, mothers murdering their children, kids killing classmates. Enough is enough!
Please help me to help others by purchasing and reading my book. It is a three hundred page authentic, harrowing, fully forthcoming, riveting, inspiring, life-saving read, with plenty of full color pictures. My story will open your eyes to unimaginable truth. Even more, it will awaken you to the greatest, most powerful force of all: Love.
THE MAD ROAD is available on Amazon in paperback: $22.99, and, eBook: $9.99
C℞AZY or NOT is available now on Amazon in paperback: $22.99, and, eBook: $9.99
Thank you. Every life is valuable. I appreciate your help in my quest to save as many lives as possible. Godspeed.