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11 COMMENTS

    • Is there “no data”? Or does that psychiatrist just not like the data that is available?

      For example, “Jerrold Rosenbaum and Maurizio Fava, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, found that among people getting off antidepressants, anywhere from 20 percent to 80 percent (depending on the drug) suffered what was being called antidepressant withdrawal (but which, after the symposium, was renamed ‘discontinuation syndrome’).” (The percentages noted in the study in fact ranged from 22% to 78% of patients discontinuing (link is external), with 78% still representing a distressingly high number.)” From:

      https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/side-effects/201107/antidepressant-withdrawal-syndrome

      22% to 78% doesn’t strike me as “extremely rare.” But these psychiatrists have been profiteering off their denial of the adverse and withdrawal symptoms of the antidepressants, by misdiagnosing these symptoms as “bipolar” in millions of people, including MANY US children.

      https://www.alternet.org/story/146659/are_prozac_and_other_psychiatric_drugs_causing_the_astonishing_rise_of_mental_illness_in_america

      Despite the fact this is a blatant misdiagnosis, according to the DSM-IV-TR, which clearly states:

      “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.”

      And once the patient is misdiagnosed as “bipolar,” these psychiatrists then add an antipsychotic to the antidepressant, which they were taught in med school can result in making the patient “psychotic,” via anticholinergic toxidrome poisoning.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxidrome

      But they can’t bill for making people psychotic, via anticholinergic toxidrome poisoning, since that known psychiatric drug induced illness is conveniently missing from the DSM billing code “bible.” So they misdiagnose that drug induced psychotic disorder, with whichever of the billable DSM psychotic disorders they feel like.

      Today’s DSM is an invalid and incomplete classification system of iatrogenic illnesses that can be created with the psychiatric drugs. The DSM is NOT a classification system of real illnesses with a “genetic” etiology. Oops, psychiatrists!

  1. The Scots are waking up to how they have been misled, with 1 in 7 of them apparently so depressively “ill” that they need antidepressants. To be totally fair to Dr Mitchell, the Scottish government advisor, he did actually say that the incidence of “severe and life-limiting side effects was very rare”. Elsewhere he has apparently said that discontinuation symptoms are real and he is happy to go by the RCPsych survey. Good luck with that, the survey recently disappeared.

  2. Thanks very much to MIA for linking this article! And of course for support in getting our Scottish petition started! (a year ago now). This is our recent BMJ response (to the BMJ Editor’s topical roundup) – which summarises where we are up to with the Scottish – and Welsh! petitions.
    https://www.bmj.com/content/360/bmj.k1408/rr-0

    Official papers for the 1 May meeting of the Welsh Commitee can be found here:
    http://www.senedd.assembly.wales/ieIssueDetails.aspx?IId=19952&Opt=3

  3. So psychiatry continues their superiority complex. The same one they play out with those who are entrusted to their care and have been for decades. “We aren’t wrong. It’s the people we “help” that cant seem to comprehend how much this “treatment” is making them better. These people are ill and aren’t able to accurately judge how their bodies are responding. They are probably just in need of a “medication” adjustment.” How many of us haven’t faced this arrogant attitude, regardless of geographical location (though it may have been worded a bit differently)? There isn’t much one can do with people who believe the lies they tell themselves are true. This isn’t terrifying until you understand that these are the self-proclaimed social warriors who can “help” make “mental illness” (which they exclusively define) non-existent with enough “treatment”.

    • My Diagnosis was Chronic Schizophrenia and then Schizo Affective disorder; and I got better through (carefully) not taking my “medication” and moving to Practical Psychotherapy.

      I can explain how and why the Psychotherapy worked.

      My 30 + years of non disability has saved the “Country” *£65,000/Yr × 30+ Yrs equalling about £2 million.

      *Cost per year per SMI person from Professor Martin Knapp of the London School of Economics.

      At the time the Expert Bio Psychiatrists and Neuro Scientists did deny the harm, and tried to put it onto me.