It’s a blatant disregard for human life when psychiatrists ignore the dangers of antidepressants

There was a recent flurry of press attention that focused on the supposed efficacy of antidepressants. The psychiatric backslapping and high-fives suggested there was some kind of new discovery regarding the drugs when that was nowhere near the truth. Over the decades, so much has been written about the adverse effects of antidepressants; their link […]

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£5 billion of taxpayer’s money for antidepressants that ‘don’t work’

Since 2000, the cost to the National Health Service (NHS) for antidepressants prescribed in England alone, has just gone over £5 billion. That’s right. Despite a continual stream of media coverage concerning the dangers of the drugs, over £5 billion has been paid for antidepressants which have been shrouded in controversy for decades and have […]

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Antidepressants and the accountability of prescribers

Whenever a young person dies by suicide, the first thing that anyone should check is whether he or she had been prescribed psychiatric drugs. The latest tragic and unnecessary death concerns 15-year-old Ceri Sheehan. An inquest in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, heard how Ceri’s electronic devices had been confiscated the night before his death. The focus was […]

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RIP Jake McGill Lynch

On 20 March 2013, Stephanie and John‘s lives changed in a way they could never have imagined. This is the true story of their son who was prescribed the antidepressant drug Prozac. Four years ago today, fourteen-year-old Jake McGill Lynch from Clondalkin, Co Dublin died at Tallaght Hospital of a self-inflicted gunshot wound forty-six days […]

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Another fatality linked to the antidepressant licensed for under-18s

Fluoxetine currently has a license to be prescribed to under-18s labelled with moderate to severe depression. Sadly, it’s been reported this week that another young life has been lost where the antidepressant was involved. An inquest at Oxford Coroner’s Court this week heard that 16-year-old Ela Ozbayraktar was found hanging in her bedroom on 28 November […]

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‘Off label’ use of antidepressants – be fully informed

Antidepressants have been shrouded in controversy for decades due to the effects that have been reported when people take them, effects that include aggression, violence and suicidal thoughts. If that wasn’t bad enough, a recent study found that antidepressants are being prescribed ‘off-label.’ This means the drugs are being prescribed for uses other than what […]

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