Psychiatrist Claims Royal College ‘Gaslighted’ Him in Antidepressant Row

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From The Herald Scotland: “Dr Peter Gordon, an experienced old age psychiatrist from Bridge of Allan, resigned from the Royal College of Psychiatrists Scotland in November last year.

In his resignation letter – which he subsequently published on his online blog – Dr Gordon criticised the College’s treatment of patients who had suffered ‘less than positive, and sometimes harmful, effects of psychiatric interventions including prescribed medications’.

He said the College was too close to the pharmaceutical industry, adding: ‘as a direct consequence informed consent and realistic psychiatry are compromised’.

Within days, however, Dr Gordon was shocked to learn that Dr John Crichton – the chairman of the College in Scotland and vice-president of its UK body – had contacted the medical director of NHS Lothian directly to raise concerns about Dr Gordon’s mental health.

Dr Gordon, 51, said: ‘I was quite distressed by that. I was not unwell. At that point I thought, “I’ve just had enough of how I’ve been treated by the Royal College of Psychiatrists for trying to raise ethics of good medical practice, patient safety”.

‘We’re supposed to be encouraged to have freedom to speak up and put patients first. That’s all I’ve tried to do.

‘I just felt like I had been gaslighted’ . . .

Dr Gordon, who works at St John’s Hospital in West Lothian, has been an outspoken campaigner for greater transparency around antidepressants after trying to take his own life in 2004 as a result of severe withdrawal symptoms when he attempted to wean himself off Seroxat . . .

In the months before his resignation, Dr Gordon had also made a Subject Access Request to the College seeking copies of all communications relating to him.

In response, he received more than 300 pages of documents, of which 93 A4 sides were completely redacted and 94 had blacked out everything except a subject heading, date and address.

The remainder was also heavily redacted, but included an email where Dr Gordon was described as ‘being quite difficult’.”

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5 COMMENTS

  1. The entire psychiatric system is a gas lighting system, so this isn’t remotely surprising. But it is sad that the psychiatric industry is now gas lighting the honest psychiatrists. But it seems the psychiatrists want to discredit everyone who reacts badly to, and speaks truthfully about, their neurotoxic drugs.

  2. Dr. Gordon seems to have experienced the game that psychiatry frequently plays with patients who question the treatment–his sanity is questioned and he’s told he’s unwell because of course, the drugs are good for him. He’s a truth-teller who is being discredited and marginalized by those who want to protect the status quo. Everyone deserves the choice of how they want to live—with or without medication–and should be believed when they report adverse effects. He’s got my full support for his courage and honesty.

  3. You have my total respect Dr Gordon. And that of many others be assured! It takes a great deal of courage to stand up against the opinon of colleagues and members of your own profession. You have chosen the side of truth, and the side of patients who feel or know they have been damaged [albeit unwittingly] by that profession. It is so frustrating for patients to be scorned and ridiculed by psychiatry, for daring to point an accusing finger at the treatments which have caused that damage. I hope many feel vindicated by your stance. I do. Thank you.
    Wishing you continued strength.

  4. I’m amazed, Dr Gordon’s treatment (when he’s tried to do the right thing as a doctor) is even worse than mine (when I made my own complaints). I fully believe and support him.

    [I know what it’s like trying to come off Psychotropic Medication; and it was only by good fortune that I managed to come off mine.]

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