Psychiatric spin doctors ‘market myths’

The profit-driven antidepressant industry recently took another hit following a report that the drugs don’t correct a so-called ‘chemical imbalance.’ The idea of correcting chemical levels in the brain was described as the ‘marketing of a myth’ in a report published in the British Medical Journal. Over the years, there has been a continual stream […]

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If people were fully informed about the effects of antidepressants, would they still take them?

Antidepressant drug usage is up again. The Sunday Express reported that 50 million prescriptions were written last year, the equivalent of one for every man, woman and child in the country. It should be noted this usage relates specifically to people in England, where 53.3 million prescription items were dispensed in 2013 *. It’s a […]

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Seeing through the psychiatric smokescreen

The cause of violent and suicidal behaviour is once again under the spotlight following the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Texas which left three dead and sixteen wounded. The shooter, US soldier Ivan Lopez then killed himself. While there is never one simple explanation for what drives a human being to commit such unspeakable […]

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£73 million for antidepressants that ‘don’t work’

RECENTLY, there was media coverage on the number of antidepressants being consumed along with questions about whether they actually worked. Although they were once reserved for the mentally disturbed, today it is difficult to find someone who has not taken one. Prescribed for everything from learning and behavioural problems, bedwetting, juvenile delinquency, aggression, criminality, drug […]

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Carry on bashing antidepressants

An article was posted on the Guardian newspaper blog (Thursday 15 August 2013) titled ‘We don’t know if antidepressants work, so stop bashing them.’ It was in reply to recent articles that were not complimentary about the drugs. Although antidepressants were once reserved for the mentally disturbed, today it is difficult to find someone who […]

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Are the drug prescribers listening?

Despite warnings from the UK drug regulator about the effects of antidepressants, and despite several cases of violence and suicide associated with the drugs, Government figures for England have revealed a 7.5% increase in antidepressant prescribing between 2011 and 2012. The regulator in the UK, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has, over […]

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