Monthly Archives: December 2017

How can I possibly celebrate Christmas?

It is getting close to the festive season but my time and the time of others damaged by antidepressants and benzodiazepines is spent either (1) trying to cope with the dreadful symptoms (2) searching endlessly for some relief by contacting … Continue reading

Posted in Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome | Leave a comment

Letter published in Herald – response to Dr Philip Gaskill

Pleased that the Herald published my response.  Hopefully Dr Gaskill will read it. http://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/letters/15742105.Letters__Scrutinise_toxic_effects_of_psychiatric_drugs/

Posted in Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome | Leave a comment

Letter published in BMJ – “shell shock”

This article describes “shell shock” as neurological functional symptoms, one of the diagnoses I have been given.   I prefer the term “shell shock”, it gives a much better idea of the cause of the symptoms, the trauma of war, … Continue reading

Posted in Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome | Leave a comment

Letter from Dr Philip Gaskill, Herald

I have posted an online response and submitted to Herald as a letter also. http://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/letters/15708818.Letters__Our_NHS_must_do_better_when_it_comes_to_treating_depression/?action=success#comments-feedback-anchor

Posted in Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome | Leave a comment

Patients suffering iatrogenic harm are stigmatised

I was listening to the discussions of the Petitions Committee yesterday at the Scottish Parliament.  The subject was mental health and young people.  The petitioner’s teenage daughter had tragically taken her own life after being prescribed anti-anxiety drugs.  Concern was … Continue reading

Posted in Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome | Leave a comment

Response to Dr Des Spence, BJGP

And i had another letter published re polypharmacy. http://bjgp.org/content/67/665/562/tab-e-letters

Posted in Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome | Leave a comment

Herald coverage of petition / Ann Kelly’s story

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/health/15698034.Campaigners_beg_MSPs_to_tackle__health_scandal__of_prescription_pill_harm/ http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15700229.Case_Study____39_The_pressure_and_pain_in_my_skull_is_so_overwhelming__39_/

Posted in Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome | Leave a comment

Revolving doors – GSK and the UK Government

Tom Jefferson: The UK turns to Witty, Vallance, and Van Tam for leadership: revolving doors? http://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2017/12/06/tom-jefferson-the-uk-turns-to-witty-vallance-and-van-tam-for-leadership-revolving-doors/ And my response which may not be published by BMJ. The close ties between the pharmaceutical industry and the UK Government is damaging the … Continue reading

Posted in Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome | Leave a comment

Response to Dr Clare Gerada in BMJ

I often wonder what is must be like for GPs prescribing drugs to millions of unsuspecting patients without adequate clinical trails having been conducted and then realising that in fact these drugs cause serious harm to untold numbers of those … Continue reading

Posted in Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome | Leave a comment

Engaging in discussion with Dr Stuart Lennox

Dr Stuart Lennox has responded to my comments on an article in the Herald newspaper re the new GP contract.  I am deeply concerned about pharmacists being expected to take on the role of advising patients on withdrawal from antidepressants. … Continue reading

Posted in Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome | Leave a comment