When do risks outweigh so-called benefits?

There is only one antidepressant, also known as a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI), that is still recommended in the UK for use in children and adolescents diagnosed with moderate to severe depression. The premise upon which these psychiatric drugs are given a license rests on the idea that benefits outweigh the risks. With that […]

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Psychiatry versus Medicine

Psychiatry is one of the very few professions that has to continually advertise its failures in order to get more Government funding. An example of this occurred recently when a documentary revealed a 50% increase in the number of unexpected patient deaths reported by England’s mental health trusts. These included deaths by suicide, neglect and […]

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Prison suicides have risen and antidepressants are the most commonly prescribed drugs in prisons – join the dots

Whenever there are reports of increased suicides in a geographical location or in an area such as prisons, the obvious question that comes up concerns the reasons why this should be the case. Such is the case with reference to prisons. It has been reported that prison suicides have risen to record levels. Figures from […]

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Violence and antidepressants

The air accident investigation agency in France has said that Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was using antidepressants when he crashed Flight 9525, carrying 150 people, into the Alps. This tragedy is yet another example of the senseless violence consistently associated with the use of antidepressant drugs that have been documented to cause mania, psychosis, violence, […]

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