Monthly Archives: March 2018

5 years since completing a 3-month taper from Nitrazepam

It is 5 years since I stopped taking Nitrazepam (5 mg) on the advice of my GP.  I had consumed it for almost 40 years on medical advice for myoclonic epilepsy.  I have spent the past 4.5 years mostly in … Continue reading

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Is it any wonder teenagers think it is okay to take Xanax?

On 29 March, The Times newspaper reported that teenagers are buying Xanax on the internet, thinking it is safe to consume.  After all it is offered on prescription in the US and is consumed by celebrities.  Xanax is a benzodiazepine, … Continue reading

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Letter published in the BMJ

https://www.bmj.com/content/360/bmj.k847/rr-4 As a member of the online prescribed dependent and withdrawal community and an active campaigner on prescribed drug dependence, I believe the publication of the meta-analysis by Cipriani et al, the associated media publicity and subsequent events have thrown … Continue reading

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Petitions Committee discussed Annette MacKenzie’s petition

The Committee met on 29th March and briefly discussed Annette’s petition.  They have decided to hold a longer meeting in private which is a pity but they are clearly taking the matter of informed consent for 16-18 year olds very … Continue reading

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Whose interests does the RCPsych really serve?

Dr James Davies questions the role of the RCPsych and suggests that ” …  the interests of the College trump the public’s when it comes to the truth about psychiatric drugs.”  My own observations would lead me to the same … Continue reading

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When psychiatry is reduced to #hashtags

As a patient who consumed antidepressants for almost 40 years, I now observe the antidepressant debate in mainstream media and on social media with dismay.  If antidepressants are so very effective as many in psychiatry would claim, why are we having … Continue reading

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Formal complaint submitted to RCPsych re Times letter

A group of academics, psychiatrists and patients has now lodged a complaint to the Royal College of Psychiatrists regarding the misleading information in the Times letter. https://www.madinamerica.com/2018/03/formal-complaint-uk-royal-college-psychiatrists-2/ Today on BBC Radio 4 Prof Clare Gerada, former Chair of RCGP Council, … Continue reading

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