Is the answer to numb ourselves and learn to deal with lives that we don't feel good about? Shouldn't the solution be to heal and live lives that don't make us stressed, unhappy, and sick?
Davies calls on the UK Parliament to support the Beyond Pills initiative, and follow the evidence to put social and psychological help first.
I am not the only child to have been devoured by the great grey beast that is the American psychiatric system. You're eaten away little by little, every single day, until what's left is barely a person.
The scientific evidence is of social/psychological, not biological, causation: negative environmental conditions, not disease.
My doctor didn’t tell me about any side effects, and I didn’t ask. I assumed that if there were any risks with taking Paxil, he would tell me.
On the difference between basing a medical system on clinical belief versus one based on scientific evidence.
Decolonizing Psychiatry in Pakistan: A Reckoning with our Colonial Past and a Call for Reconstruction
Psychiatrist Yousaf Raza details the problems with psychiatric health care in Pakistan and shows how to find a way forward.
When we look to pills to solve one problem, we forget the opponent processes the body will naturally employ to return to homeostasis.
Antidepressants do not protect against suicide. According to placebo-controlled trials, they double the risk of suicide.
The healing journey is less about being free from medication and psychiatry and more about connecting with myself now. I am grateful for the freedom to feel.
The directors of the hospital, considering the empty spaces provided by its lack of services, decided to allow “milicianos” to move in, along with their pigs.
California has decided to systematically restrain, incarcerate, forcibly strip, and drug its now sizable unhoused population.
Withdrawing From Psychiatric Drugs: How to Produce Smaller Doses Than Those the Drug Companies Provide
Peter Gøtzsche: To reduce the risk of withdrawal symptoms, it is necessary to respect the form of the binding curve.
Even though psychiatrists don't use any medical knowledge when making diagnoses, they do have MD degrees, and that's enough.
Despite noting financial problems, global conflict, and climate crisis, the report was on how individuals could work on their own stress.
According to the preeminent health and rights bodies in the world, the WHO and the UN, psychiatry has to change entirely.
More than two and a half years later, I’m still processing my grief, still picturing our happiness and innocence as kids, and still acknowledging our struggles and pain.
The biomedical model ignores the social context in which mental distress exists, despite a large body of evidence of that link.
Much of the vulnerability to antidepressant withdrawal may be related not to bipolar disorder, but a trait called “bipolarity.”
In the final blog in Peter Gøtzsche's series, he presents his concluding thoughts and suggestions for the future of psychiatry.