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Experts are worried – very worried

See why a growing number of world experts – doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, anthropologists and scientists – are deeply concerned about psychiatry and mental health.

There is a growing body of evidence (see below) that shows that treatments and therapies are nowhere near as effective as we have been told. They often have very serious side effects, many of which have been deliberately concealed from the public.

All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence – the dangers of antidepressant medication

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Parliament antidepressants


Big pharmaceutical companies are run as organised crime.

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.

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BBC – Panorama:  Secrets of the drug trials

Secret emails reveal that the UK’s biggest drug company distorted trial results of an anti-depressant, covering up a link with suicide in teenagers.

BBC Panorama antidepressant trials



Books (no doctor’s, psychiatrist’s, psychologist’s or student’s education is complete without reading the books below)

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


Reviews and blogs

The New York Review of Books: The Epidemic of Mental Illness: Why? Marcia Angell Reviews three books on the subject.

‘Behind the scenes at the NHS …’

SSRIStories: Antidepressant Nightmares


Blog post: Doctor, what’s wrong with my brain?’

It must be true …  it wasn’t in the tabloids

You will be unlikely to find much about this information in the mainstream media because the psychiatric and pharmaceutical industries suppress it. By financing university departments some pharmaceutical companies can control the appointment of academics, the research done, how studies are conducted, what results are made known and so what is reported in learned journals and in the media. They pay large sums of money to doctors, psychiatrists and professors for promoting their drugs. An example of this is reported in the book Cracked about Professor David Healy (author of Let Them Eat Prozac). Healy is world-famous for his research on antidepressants as a cause of suicide. In 2000 he was offered the position of Clinical Director of the Mood and Anxiety Programme at the University of Toronto. Before starting in his new post he gave a lecture at the university in which he argued that research claiming to demonstrate the value of antidepressants was unconvincing and that in rare cases they can lead to suicide. Following this the university withdrew their offer of a post. Healy then discovered that Eli Lilly, the makers of Prozac, supported more than half of the budget for the Clinic in Toronto. Eli Lilly had also given $1.5 million to the Clinic’s fundraising campaign. You can read more about this in Cracked (p.172-3).

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