Monthly Archives: July 2018

Most people can recover from depression without any treatment

Depression used to be regarded as time-limited with the vast majority recovering without any medical interventions. Despite seeing psychiatrists for nearly four decades I was never informed of this.  I was admitted to hospital at a relatively young age, 24, … Continue reading

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Why did Nick Hodgson, RCPsych, praise Hannah Betts?

I follow Nick Hodgson who is the media manager for RCPsych,  I recently read on Twitter that he is also the son-in-law of Prof Sir Simon Wessely and Prof Clare Gerada but this later turned out to be untrue. Glad … Continue reading

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Helen Stokes-Lampard – LBC Radio – 21st July 2018

Discussion starts about 1 hour into the programme. https://www.lbc.co.uk Ian Payne, presenter for LBC Radio, led a discussion on antidepressants following on from the press coverage of antidepressant prescribing rates in England. https://nevertrustadoctor.wordpress.com/2018/07/21/teenager-prescribed-antidepressants-ayrshire/ Ian Payne has bipolar disorder and is … Continue reading

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Letter from Dr John Mitchell to all Primary Care Leads & to GPs

Reaction to letter by Annette McKenzie, petitioner http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16368816.annette-mckenzie-angry-as-scottish-government-psychiatrist-dubs-her-teen-psych-drugs-petition-discriminatory/ Submission PE1627/KK Scottish Government submission of 4 July 2018 Please find attached below a letter and covering email (Annexe A) which was sent today from Dr John Mitchell, Scottish Government Principal Medical … Continue reading

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Antidepressants – press coverage

Over 70,000 children put on pills for depression https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/over-70-000-children-put-on-pills-for-depression-kfc39l0xl Tens of thousands of children are being given antidepressants despite warnings that the pills may harm developing brains for little benefit.  NHS data obtained by The Times reveals for the first … Continue reading

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Thirty Mental Health Experts Write to Secretary of State About ‘Unprofessional’ Conduct of the UK RCPsych

https://www.madinamerica.com/2018/07/30-mental-health-experts-write-secretary-state-unprofessional-conduct-uk-royal-college-psychiatry/

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W-BAD – 11 July 2018 – video and Talk Radio Europe with Stacey Pinkerton

 

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Iatrogenic harm – a terrible price to pay for medical “care”

I write extensively in my blog.  So much to say.  However, so much yet to say. I was prescribed Nitrazepam in 1975 for myoclonic epilepsy, and soon lost quarter of my body weight and tried to take my own life. … Continue reading

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World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day – 11 July 2018

Benzodiazepines such as Valium, Librium, Ativan first came to the market in the UK in the 1960s.  These drugs were the inspiration for the Rolling Stones hit “Mother’s Little Helpers”.   It was 1975 before I was first prescribed Nitrazepam for … Continue reading

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Death of Gillian Chapman, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire has touched the online prescribed harmed community

Today a member, LS, of the “Prescribed Harmed UK Campaign” Facebook Group posted the news about the death by suicide of Gillian Chapman, Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire.   Mrs Chapman had been prescribed the drug Mirtazapine.  LS wrote the following: “I am … Continue reading

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