The Sedated Society
The Real Story of our Prescribing Epidemic
By Dr James Davies
In this article, Dr Davies, an authority on the unhealthy relationship between psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry, and author of the ‘must read’ book Cracked, tells how the BBC Radio 5 Live, recently aired a programme on rising antidepressant prescriptions. Having consulted Dr Davies beforehand, the producer did not follow his advice.
‘Instead,’ Dr Davies writes ‘we heard a very confident GP referring to depression as a “chronic condition” while stating that antidepressants in many instances are “life-saving.” And we heard the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists alluding to the ‘fact’ that antidepressants are not over- but under-prescribed. Such unsupported claims simply made my head spin …’
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All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence
Watch the video of the meeting with a panel of international experts on psychiatric drugs.
You can read more from the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry.
Probably the most disturbing and worrying difference between medicine and psychiatry is that in medicine, if all the tests are normal, say for the heart, the conclusion is, ‘There is nothing wrong with your heart’.
Alarmingly, in psychiatry, when all the tests are normal, the conclusion is: [click to continue…]
Anne Garvey on a radical self-help approach
Health and wellbeing – Tuesday 4 May 2004
Five years ago, Dr Clive Sherlock came face to face with a runaway patient. She had escaped from a psychiatric hospital minutes before she was about to be sectioned under the Mental Health Act. “She was in a sad state,” he explains. “Her husband and son had died within a year and she had a history of depression and anxiety. No one was doing anything for her.” Under his care, she recovered enough to live a normal life. He is quite sure that, had she been sectioned that day, she would still be a mental health invalid. [click to continue…]
London February 16 1999
Train your mind to fight depression – You can liberate yourself by learning to live with your feelings. Anjana Ahuja discovers an unusual therapy [click to continue…]