Royal College of Psychiatrists Accused of Misleading Claims


From The Herald: A group of mental health experts and patients have submitted a formal letter of complaint accusing the Royal College of Psychiatrists of misleading the public with “potentially dangerous” claims that the majority of patients experience no withdrawal effects within two weeks of stopping antidepressants.

“The letter of complaint, submitted by Dr John Read, a professor of clinical psychology at the University of East London, is signed by another 29 psychiatrists, academics and patients who have suffered years of withdrawal symptoms after coming off antidepressants.

The signatories include Dr Peter Gordon, a psychiatrist from Stirlingshire, and Ann Kelly, from West Dunbartonshire, who previously spoke to the Herald about being permanently crippled by severe pain, mobility problems and visual disturbance despite taking two and a half years to taper herself gradually off antidepressants.

The letter of complaint states that the two-week claim ‘is not evidence-based, is incorrect and has misled the public on an important matter of public safety, with potentially hazardous consequences.’

They add that ‘people may be misled by the false statement into thinking that it is easy to withdraw and may therefore try to do so too quickly or without support from the prescriber, other professionals or loved ones.'”

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  1. Today’s psychiatrists who fraudulently claim to ‘know everything about the meds” know nothing about the common symptoms of antidepressant withdrawal.

    Here’s, IMHO, an embarrassing confession by a self professed ‘disempowering’ mental health professional, of the fact that the entire mental health profession was in complete denial that ‘brain zaps’ or “brain shivers” is a common symptom of antidepressant withdrawal syndrome in 2005.

    And years later the DSM deluded “mental health professionals” were still trying to claim that the antidepressants “unmask” bipolar. Because they wanted to continue profiteering off of turning millions of children into “bipolar” patients with their misdiagnoses of the common adverse effects of the antidepressant drugs as “bipolar.” A blatant misdiagnosis, even according to the DSM:

    “Note: Manic-like episodes that are clearly caused by somatic antidepressant
    treatment (e.g., medication, electroconvulsive therapy, light therapy) should not count
    toward a diagnosis of Bipolar I Disorder.”

    This staggering number of misdiagnoses of the common adverse effects of the antidepressants did result in a completely iatrogenic “childhood bipolar epidemic,” as Whitaker pointed out in his 2010 book, Anatomy of an Epidemic.

    Yes, the misinformation and misdiagnoses related to the adverse withdrawal effects of the antidepressants being misdiagnosed, that is still being propagated by today’s staggeringly ignorant and/or ungodly unethical “mental health professionals,” is appalling.

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