Monthly Archives: May 2018

Talk Radio Europe Spotlight programme – drugs of dependence

Stacey Pinkerton hosted a show on 23  May about antidepressant and benzodiazepine dependence, withdrawal and iatrogenic harms.  Professor David Healy was first to speak followed by affected patients and family members.  Janette Robb, Ann Kelly and Marion Brown from Scotland … Continue reading

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Dr Allen Frances, US psychiatrist speaks on CNN TV

Dr Allen Frances is a leading US psychiatrist, he was Chair of the Task Force for the development of DSM IV, the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual which lists all psychiatric diagnoses.   Today he was interviewed on CNN TV and … Continue reading

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My continuing quest to find help for prescription drug damage

It is over five years since I tapered off Nitrazepam and three years for Venlafaxine. I consumed Nitrazepam for nearly 40 years and various antidepressants for about 35 years.  Latterly I consumed Venlafaxine for about 10 years.  I continue to … Continue reading

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Let’s end the debate on antidepressant prescribing

I am boiling with rage, I often am.  I have been given the run around by a succession of GPs and consultants for the past 4 years all trying to avoid admitting that I am seriously and irreversibly harmed by … Continue reading

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Patients are the experts in antidepressant withdrawal – Dr Dee Mangin, University of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Dr Dee Mangin is a Family Physician and Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  She is also one of the founders of RxISK.org.  I listened to her speaking on CBC Radio today about antidepressant … Continue reading

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Is venlafaxine one of the worst antidepressants to withdraw from?

Following recent media coverage of antidepressant withdrawal in the New York Times and the Psychiatric Times (see Phelps article below for links), I engaged with Dr Roy Purlis, psychiatrist, member of Editorial Board, American Journal of Psychiatry.  He had written an … Continue reading

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Royal Society of Medicine podcast, rebuttal of complaint by RCPsych

A few days ago, the Royal Society of Medicine circulated a podcast featuring Prof Simon Wessely and his wife, Prof Clare Gerada. https://videos.rsm.ac.uk/video/rsm-health-matters-podcast-episode-1—antidepressants-antibiotics-and-the-gender-pay-gap I had assumed it would be both educational and informative but in the end it proved to … Continue reading

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