Thursday, December 1, 2022

Peter Gøtzsche: The Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Dominance of Mental Healthcare

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Professor Peter Gøtzsche is Director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Denmark and discusses his background in research, his views on antidepressant prescribing and how pharmaceutical manufacturers have influenced mental healthcare.

Robert Whitaker: The Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America

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We discuss Robert's 2010 book, Anatomy of an Epidemic, which is arguably the definitive account of the realities of psychiatric drugs and completely lays bare the astonishing rise in mental ill health despite the availability of psychiatric drugs.

Holly Higgins: Becoming a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner

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Holly Higgins shares her experiences of the psychiatric system and psychiatric drugs, how she approached withdrawal from the drugs and talks about how she became a nutritional therapy practitioner.

Chaya Grossberg: A Naturopathic Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing

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Chaya Grossberg shares her own experiences of the psychiatric system and how she now helps and supports those struggling to withdraw from their psychiatric medications.

Gary Sidley: Alternatives to Bio-Medical Psychiatry as Ways of Responding to Human Suffering

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Dr. Gary Sidley worked within NHS mental health services for 33 years in a variety of nursing, psychological and managerial roles. In the 1980s...

Peter Groot: A Novel, Practical Solution For Those Withdrawing From Psychiatric Drugs: Tapering Strips

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Doctor Peter Groot from the User Research Center of the Maastricht University talks about Tapering Strips, which help users who want to withdraw from their psychiatric drugs safely and in a controlled way.

David Healy: Making Medicine Safer for All

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Doctor David Healy from Bangor University in Wales talks about prescribing practice, medicine safety and pharmaceutical regulation.

Lucy Johnstone: Why Underlying Causes of Emotional Distress are Often Unexplored

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Doctor Lucy Johnstone talks about our reliance on the concept of diagnosis, how that doesn't fit well with psychological or emotional distress and how a predominantly biomedical view of tends to lead to a purely medication centred approach to mental healthcare.

Terry Lynch: Why Psychiatry Has Pursued a Purely Medical Approach to Distress

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Doctor Terry Lynch is a GP, psychotherapist, author and mental health educator. Ten years into his career as a GP, he became very concerned about the medical approach to emotional and mental suffering and was not prepared to remain silent.

Elaine: Feeling Judged By Psychiatry

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Elaine has taken antidepressant and stimulant drugs for anxiety, she describes feeling humiliated and judged by her psychiatrists rather than helped.

Judy Meyer: Holistic Mental Health Practitioner and Mental Health Advocate

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Judy Meyer is a holistic mental health practitioner, mental health advocate and founder of the Alternative Health Revolution.

Sinead: 16 Years Of Treatment With Antidepressants and Subsequent Withdrawal

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Sinead has taken antidepressant drugs for the last 16 years and attempted to withdraw on several occasions, she describes the challenges that she faced.

David: A Sanguine View of Antidepressant Drugs and the Mental Healthcare System

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David has taken antidepressant drugs on and off over the last few years and talks about his experiences of the mental healthcare system.

Meghann: Prescribed Antidepressants For OCD Aged 9 and Stopping Them 17 Years Later

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Meghann describes starting antidepressant drugs for OCD at the age of 9, how she came to consider her withdrawal after 17 years and how she feels now, 2 years after finishing with the drugs.

Gemma: Experiences with Antidepressants and Benzodiazepines

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Gemma talks about her experiences with psychiatric drugs and the difficulties that parents of children with special needs encounter when they seek treatment for emotional or psychological distress

Marion Brown: Psychiatric Drugs, Human Givens Therapy and Medically Unexplained Symptoms

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Marion Brown is Psychotherapist who works with the Human Givens approach to supporting people in emotional or psychological distress, she has become increasingly concerned about the effects of psychotropic medications on patients.

Stevie: Severe and Protracted Withdrawal From Paroxetine

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Stevie describes her experiences taking antidepressant drugs and her severe and protracted reaction to trying to withdraw.

Simone: Postnatal Depression, Fibromyalgia and Antidepressants

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Simone talks about her experiences of postnatal depression, fibromyalgia and her treatment with antidepressants.

Megan: Approaching Antidepressant Withdrawal After Prior Failed Attempts

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Megan talks about her experience with anxiety and insomnia, her attempts to withdraw from her medications and how she approached her tapering more carefully to minimise withdrawal effects.

Tina: Medication Changes and Antidepressant Withdrawal

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Tina talks about her experience with depression, her use of antidepressant drugs and how a change in her medication led to her withdrawal problems.

Susie: Stopping An Antidepressant Cold Turkey After 2 Years

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Susie tells us about her experiences of stopping her antidepressant drug cold turkey after 2 years of taking it and how her doctors failed to identify antidepressant withdrawal.

Nora: Extreme and Sudden Adverse Antidepressant Reactions

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Nora tells us about the sudden and extreme adverse reactions that occurred immediately upon starting her antidepressant. She also tells us about the attitude of her doctors and how her life has changed since that short course of treatment.

Christopher: A Transformational Journey from Psychiatric Hospital To Working In Peer Support

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Christopher describes his transformational journey starting with a very difficult childhood which led him to be treated for many years with various psychiatric medications. After successfully withdrawing, he now works a Program Manager for Heart & Soul inc in California, an organisation which offers a variety of mental health recovery-oriented and wellness support opportunities.

Dede: How the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Helped Antidepressant and Benzodiazepine Withdrawal

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We interview Dede who turned her withdrawal experiences into a force for good and now uses the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to assist those in withdrawal from antidepressants or benzodiazepines.

Daryl: Prescribed Antidepressant Drugs At 9 Years Old

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Daryl, who was only 9 years old when he was taken into mental health services and medicated, talks about being made to take both antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs and he describes the lies told to him to justify treatment.

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