Today on MIA Radio we have a special episode which is devoted to recent developments in the UK involving the Royal College of Psychiatrists. These events relate to the media coverage of a widely reported antidepressant meta-analysis in the Lancet, information on antidepressant withdrawal effects and a letter to The Times newspaper by the President of the Royal College Professor Wendy Burn and the Chair of the Royal College’s Psychopharmacology Committee, Professor David Baldwin.
Professor John Read from the University of East London took time out to explain recent events and to talk about a formal complaint which has been lodged with the Royal College on behalf of a group of eminent psychiatrists and psychologists.
Formal Complaint to the UK Royal College of Psychiatrists
Press Release from the Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry
The Times: More People Should Get Pills to Beat Depression
The Royal College’s leaflet on Antidepressant Withdrawal
For us making a complaint..it’s a placebo, our complaint is treated as Anosognosia. If you lot get anywhere, you can expect to get trashed. Hope none of you have any previous issues. Remember they have the media on their side. I would not wait for them to make a move, you have to go all out now and everyone out side the UK of influence needs to help you, Peter Breggin especially.
I take citalopram…I am trying to stop this medicine…
I follow a medication guide approved by the usa fda…
there is a black box warning at the very top about SUICIDE..
it says pay particular attention to new or sudden changes
WHEN THE DOSE IS CHANGED….
this is important information about withdrawal problems…
thanks james and professor read…
Thanks for listening littleturtle.
For anyone that is interested, Professor John Read was on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday morning, faced by the wife of Sir Simon Wessely, General Practitioner Clare Gerada. You can listen here:
Well done John! Think we need another letter of complaint about Lady Wessely misleading the public re placebo with reference to Kirsh and Gøtzsche. Plus Sarah Montague (Lady Brooke) rushed the whole thing.
Immediately after this brief interview, Simon Wessely tweeted this:
Oh dear. Time for another round of #pillshaming. #r4today @BBCRadio4 . Antidepressants are not addictive. There is no tolerance, escalation etc etc.
She is thinking about it…. clearly not so smart though….