‘When We Look Back in 20 Years’ Time, This Will Be a Turning Point’

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From The Psychologist: “Between 2017 and 2018 one in four adults in England were prescribed drugs which could lead to dependence or debilitating withdrawal effects, a Public Health England (PHE) review has revealed – with prescription rates rising for some classes of drug. Antidepressants were included in the review, for the first time in a government-level report, despite many years of denial that the drugs could cause long-term, severe withdrawal effects.

Professor of Clinical Psychology John Read (University of East London) served on the PHE review expert reference group as a representative of the British Psychological Society, in part thanks to a systematic review on antidepressant medication he conducted with James Davies (University of Roehampton). That review found that more than half of people experience withdrawal effects when stopping antidepressant medication, that almost half of those described the effects as severe, and that withdrawal effects can last for weeks or months.

‘It really is a first for a government-level report to look into [antidepressant withdrawal] in that depth and come out with those strong recommendations acknowledging the extent of the problem,’ Read told us. ‘It is hugely important. When we look back on all this in 20 year’s time this will be a turning point.’”

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you for the link.
    So now the government is finally getting involved? So will the findings also ask why psychiatry was denying this in the first place?
    Psychiatry despises these reviews, findings. They are too stubborn to come clean, like a mob. Knowing it’s wrong but clinging with arrogance and unethical motives.
    1 in 4 gets candy? So now one in four has an MI. I’m liking the stats because rationally we now know that one in four psychiatrists, one in four cops and one in four politicians have an MI.
    Where does a shrink go for therapy? I know this answer, my massage therapist has one shrink as a client that talks to her for comfort care.
    He’s lucky she is not pushing drugs on him, and he just gets to lay on a massage table.

    But usually they simply take their anger, frustrations, illusions of grandiosity, unhappiness, their negative views of people, arrogance, projections, defense systems, entrenched beliefs (although I doubt they really believe) narcissism, personality disorder, passive aggression…out on their clients.
    It is unfortunate that they themselves refuse help and cannot speak truth.
    I honestly think a lot of users, past users, survivors would try to understand, if they simply came out.

  2. “‘It really is a first for a government-level report to look into [antidepressant withdrawal] in that depth and come out with those strong recommendations acknowledging the extent of the problem,’ Read told us. ‘It is hugely important.'”

    Yes, it is hugely important. Especially since the psychiatrists have harbored delusions that the common symptoms of antidepressant discontinuation syndrome are “bipolar” for decades.

    I have no idea why people who know nothing about the adverse effects of the drugs they force onto innocent others call themselves “professionals.” There is nothing “professional” about being ignorant of all the adverse effects of the products you force others to purchase.