A word on drugs and psychiatry
Although the Practice does not recommend medication for emotional problems, the plain fact is that many who come to this website will be on medication. If you are, you must not stop taking it without medical supervision because these drugs can be highly addictive, and rapid withdrawal can be dangerous. You can ask a doctor you trust for advice on where to get expert medical supervision.
I would recommend anyone either taking or thinking of taking antidepressants or tranquillisers to read some of the articles on this page. They offer an image of these medications greatly different from the image presented in the mainstream media.
It is not my intention to grind axes here, but it would be unethical of me not to draw your attention to this other side to the story so you can make an informed decision.
Would it surprise you, for example, to learn that the model on which all Prozac type antidepressants work, namely that they address a form of chemical imbalance in the brain, has long been discredited? That there was never any evidence for it, nor any means to test it? Today, no serious psychiatrist accepts the chemical imbalance view and yet each year the drugs are dispensed in their millions to address this mythical chemical imbalance.
Experts are worried
A growing number of world experts – doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, anthropologists and scientists – are deeply concerned about how mainstream psychiatry deals with mental health.
There is a growing body of evidence (see below) that shows that treatments and therapies are not as effective as we have been told they are. And, all too often they have serious side effects which have been deliberately concealed from the public.
All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence – the dangers of antidepressant medication
Deadly Medicines and Organized Crime: How Big Pharma has Corrupted Healthcare
Dr Peter Gøtzsche exposes big pharma as organized crime. Peter C. Gøtzsche, MD, is a Danish medical researcher, and leader of the Nordic Cochrane Centre at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark.
BBC – Panorama: Secrets of the drug trials
Secret emails show that the UK’s biggest drug company distorted trial results of an anti-depressant, covering up a link with suicide in teenagers.
Cracked: Why Psychiatry is Doing More Harm Than Good by James Davies.
Let Them Eat Prozac: The Unhealthy Relationship between the Pharmaceutical Industry and Depression by David Healy.
Blaming the Brain: The Truth About Drugs and Mental Health by Elliot Valenstein.
Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill by Robert Whitaker.
Doctoring the Mind: Why Psychiatric Treatments Fail by Richard Bentall.
The New York Review of Books: The Epidemic of Mental Illness: Why? Marcia Angell Reviews three books on the subject.
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