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I can’t see electricity being good for the Brain.
We all know that Tranquillisers ‘work’ to a certain extent. But in the long run they ‘work’ through paralysis. Paralysed people can be co operative but are not ‘Well’.
There are other Non Drug Inexpensive Approaches that can be proven to work for Overwhelming Anxiety such as:-
From Psychiatrist and Mystic Dr David R Hawkins:- “Handling Major Crisis”
From Renowned Spiritual Adviser Eckhart Tolle: – “Dissolving The Pain Body”
It is Possible to make Recovery from Schizophrenia / Chronic Schizophrenia / Schizo Affective Disorder by Carefully Stopping Psychiatric Treatment (with Basic Suitable Psychotherapy).
MENU AND WIDGETS
Members of the Irish Psychosis Research Network (IPRN)
Prof. Mary Cannon, Department of Psychiatry, RCSI
Mary Cannon is Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology and Youth Mental Health in the Department of Psychiatry at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin. Her research area of interest is the study of early life risk factors for psychosis and other mental disorders. Her current research programme focuses on psychotic symptoms in childhood and adolescence which index risk for later mental illness and could provide a significant opportunity for prevention. She won a Doctor Award (Psychiatry) in 2013 from the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland and was listed on the Thompson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher list in 2014.
Keywords: epidemiology, developmental risk factors, neuroimaging, neurocognition, mixed methods
Dr. Ian Kelleher, Dept of Psychiatry RCSI.
Ian Kelleher is Research Lecturer in Neurological and Psychiatric disorders at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He completed his Medical degree at Trinity College Dublin and his PhD at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He is a Member of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland. His research focuses on psychotic symptoms and disorders in children, adolescents and young adults.
Keywords: Epidemiology; Phenomenology; Neurocognition; Children and Adolescents
Prof. David Cotter, Department of Psychiatry, RCSI
My research interest is the neuropsychiatry of psychiatric disorders.
My first expertise and training was in the cytoarchitectural investigation of brain and the neuronal and glial cell populations within it, in schizophrenia, major depression and bipolar disorder. I was awarded two MRC clinical training fellowships in the UK to undertake this work. My main early contribution in this field has been the observation that there is a cortical glial cell deficit in the brains of subjects with major depression and schizophrenia. I have also been among the first to describe cortical neuronal size reductions in major depression and bipolar disorder.
Subsequently, supported by funding from the Welcome Trust through a University Award (2002-2006) and the HRB, SFI and NARSAD, I have pursued a Neuroproteomics Research Programme involving subjects with major psychiatric disorders. In collaboration with internationally recognised experts in proteomic research (Professor Mike Dunn and Dr Gerard Cagney) I have employed a variety of protein separation methods and used gel-based and non-gel based proteomic methods and published studies showing synaptic and mitochondrial changes in the brains of subjects with major psychiatric disorders.
I am currently funded as an HRB Clinician Scientist and as part of this work with my group to identify predictive plasma protein biomarkers schizophrenia. Subsequent HRB funding has allowed me to address this same question using metabolomic and lipidomic approaches. Work submitted for publication has now identified age 11 biomarkers of psychotic disorders at age 18.
My current focus is now extending beyond schizophrenia to the study of young people at risk of all mental disorders. The aim is that by identifying those at risk of mental disorders before they become unwell that future psychiatric illness can be prevented.
Keywords: Mental disorder, proteomics, synapse, inflammation
Dr. Edgar Lonergan, Department of Psychology-Cork Kerry Community Healthcare & RISE EIP Service
Edgar Lonergan is Principal Clinical Psychologist with HSE South, and Lead for Psychological Interventions in Psychosis with RISE (Early Intervention in Psychosis Service in Cork).
A graduate of NUI Galway, Edgar worked in a variety of clinical settings within the HSE before specialising in Early Intervention in Psychosis.
His research interest is the area of Neuropsychological functioning in First Episode Psychosis. His current research is focused on the use of the CANTAB neuropsychological assessment protocol to investigate changes in cognitive functioning and positive symptom change in psychosis.
Edgar is also chair of the Open Dialogue Group who are currently evaluating the use of an Open Dialogue approach with people experiencing a First Episode of Psychosis.
Prof. Kieran C Murphy, RCSI
A graduate of UCD, he moved to the UK in 1994 where he completed two research fellowships and obtained a PhD in psychiatric genetics at Cardiff University. In 1999, he moved to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College London as Senior Lecturer in Behavioural Genetics. He subsequently returned to Dublin in 2002 when he was appointed Professor & Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Consultant Psychiatrist at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. His research interests include the genetics of psychiatric disorders and the assessment and neurobiology of behavioural phenotypes in genetic and neuropsychiatric disorders with particular reference to 22q11 Deletion Syndrome. In addition to clinical interests in Liaison Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry, he also runs a Behavioural Genetics clinic in Beaumont Hospital in association with the Department of Clinical Genetics at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.
Keywords: genetics; behavioural phenotypes; 22q11 Deletion Syndrome
Dr. Paddy Power, St Patrick’s hospital & TCD
Dr Paddy Power trained in adult psychiatry, initially in Ireland, then Australia, and completed training in child & adolescent psychiatry in London. He joined the Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre EPPIC in Melbourne in 1993 and in 1998 became its Deputy Medical Director. In 2000, he moved to the South London & Maudsley NHS Trust to establish an early intervention service called the Lambeth Early Onset (LEO) service. Three of its four teams were set up with development and research grants and incorporated randomised controlled trials as part of their evaluation. In March 2010, Dr Power moved to Dublin to establish a youth mental health service (18 – 25 year olds) at St. Patrick’s University Hospital.
Dr Power’s research and publications include epidemiology of psychosis, RCTs of antipsychotic medication, CBT and psychosocial interventions, suicide prevention interventions, youth mental health, effectiveness of mental health law, cannabis & psychosis, and health economic evaluations. Dr Power was R&D Lead for the Borough of Lambeth. He set up the London Early Intervention Research and Services Networks and co-hosted the 2006 IEPA meeting in Birmingham. He was chairperson of the (Youth Mental Health) SIG of ACAMH, Ireland and the Early Intervention Working Group of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland. He is an executive member of the International Association of Youth Mental Health (IAYMH) and on the team that successfully bid for the forthcoming IAYMH conference in Dublin September 2017.
Keywords: Youth Mental Health; Early Intervention in Psychosis; Health Service evaluations
Dr. Simon McCarthy Jones, Department of Psychiatry, TCD.
Simon’s research focuses on the phenomenology of auditory verbal hallucinations (‘hearing voices’), the causes of this experience, the various meanings given to the experience and their historical background, and what can be done to support people distressed by this experience. My work on causation includes neuroimaging research, genetic research, and a focus on the role of traumatic life-events in the aetiology of this experience. My latest book on this topic, Can’t You Hear Them? The Science and Significance of Hearing Voices was published by Jessica Kingsley in April 2017.
Keywords: Hallucinations, neuroimaging, trauma, hermeneutics, history.
Prof. Paul Fearon, St Patrick’s Hospital & Department of Psychiatry, TCD.
Paul Fearon graduated in Medicine from University College Dublin, and after 5 years postgraduate training in general medicine, he specialised in psychiatry. He completed his training at the Maudsley Hospital, London and was a consultant general adult psychiatrist there for 7 years. As a senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, he headed the Section of Social Psychiatry and Epidemiology. He returned to Dublin to take up his post in St. Patricks Hospital and Trinity College Dublin in 2008 where he is Clinical Professor in Psychiatry, Deputy Medical Director and a General Adult Consultant Psychiatrist. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, largely in the areas of the epidemiology and the role of socioenvironmental factors in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Prof. Aiden Corvin, Department of Psychiatry, TCD.
More to follow…
Dr. Ken O’Reilly, Department of Psychiatry, TCD.
Ken holds a BSc. In psychology, and graduated with a Masters in Counselling Psychology in 2004 from Trinity College Dublin (TCD), and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from University College Dublin (UCD) in 2009. He is strongly influenced by the paradigms of evolutionary psychology, behavioral genetics, and cognitive psychology. In 2011, he took up a joint appointment with the Central Mental Hospital (CMH) and the Department of Psychiatry TCD, where he holds the position of assistant professor of clinical psychology. Achievements include: carrying out the first epidemiologically valid investigation of the level of cognitive impairment experienced by forensic patients with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder; demonstrating the importance of cognitive impairment for functional outcomes for forensic patients; exploring potential iatrogenic effects that medications may have on cognition and functional outcomes; conducting a randomized controlled trial of cognitive remediation for a national cohort of forensic patients involving fifty six sessions of therapy. In 2016 Ken and his collaborators won an open access research award from Irelands health service executive (HSE) within the category of mental health. Ken’s primary research interests involve critiquing, developing, and evaluating psychological treatments; treatment moderators such as cognitive impairment; and improving functional outcomes for forensic mental health patients; in addition to the training of clinicians and service evaluation. He has a particular interest, in the psychological motivations underpinning homicide and serious acts of violence.
Prof. Declan McLaughlin, Department of Psychiatry & St Patrick’s hospital, TCD.
Declan M McLoughlin PhD MRCPI MRCPsych FTCD is Research Professor of Psychiatry in St Patrick’s University Hospital and Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He qualified from University College Dublin in 1986 and trained in general medicine and psychiatry in both Dublin and London. His research interests include electroconvulsive therapy and other brain stimulation techniques for neuropsychiatric disorders, treatment resistant depression, depressive psychosis, and molecular psychiatry. For more details see the Depression Neurobiology Research Group webpage. Recent projects are supported by the Health Research Board (Ireland) and NARSAD (USA).
Keywords: depression, electroconvulsive therapy, meta-analysis, clinical trials, molecular biomarkers
Prof. Ted Dinan, Department of Psychiatry, UCC.
Ted Dinan is Professor of Psychiatry and a Principal Investigator in the APC Microbiome Institute at University College Cork. He was previously Chair of Clinical Neurosciences and Professor of Psychological Medicine at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. Prior to that, he was a Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin. He has worked in research laboratories on both sides of the Atlantic and has a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians and Psychiatrists and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. His main research interest is in the role of the gut microbiota in stress related disorders. He has also worked extensively on the regulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. In 1995 was awarded the Melvin Ramsey Prize for research into the biology of stress. In 2019 he was ranked by Expertscape as the number 1 global expert on the microbiota. His current research is funded by Science Foundation Ireland, the Health Research Board and European Union FP7. He has published over 500 papers and numerous books on pharmacology and neurobiology. He is on the Editorial Boards of several journals.
Dr. Dara Cannon, Department of Anatomy & NICOG, NUI Galway
Dr Dara M Cannon(NUI Galway). Dara is an academic scientist at the National University of Ireland Galway specializing in research on bipolar disorder and psychosis using modern medical imaging techniques as well as teaching cadaveric and radiological neuroanatomy. She directs the Clinical Neuroimaging Laboratory with Professor Colm McDonald, Head of Psychiatry at UCHG and NUI Galway. She received her BSc in biochemistry and PhD in neuropsychopharmacology from UCD and specialized in in vivo medical imaging at the National Institutes of Mental Health, NIH in the USA. Currently, Dr Cannon leads a Health Research Board funded study to better understand the cholinergic contribution to bipolar disorder using MRI.
Keywords: neuroimaging, diffusion MRI, tractography, connectivity, network analysis
Prof. Gary Donohoe – School of Psychology & NICOG, NUI Galway
Gary Donohoe was appointed to the school of psychology as professor of psychology in July 2013. Following the completion of his Doctoral training in Clinical Psychology at Trinity College Dublin, Gary undertook a research fellowship in the TCD neuropsychiatric genetics research, where he earned a PhD in Cognitive Genomics and began the cognitive genomics lab. He was appointed an assistant professor in TCD’s school of medicine in 2006, and associate professor in 2009, where he was responsible for the school of medicine psychology program until 2013. Gary’s research focuses on understanding the genetic and neural basis of cognitive deficits associated with psychosis, and the development of therapeutic programs for overcoming these deficits. Gary continues to lead the Cognitive Genetics and Cognitive Therapy (CogGene) group, members of which are based between the school of psychology NUIG and TCD, where he holds the position of adjunct Professor in the school of medicine and principal investigator in the Trinity College Institute for Neuroscience. Gary also continues to be clinically active in mental health service delivery.
Prof. Colm McDonald – Depart of Psychiatry & NICOG, NUI Galway
Colm McDonald is Professor of Psychiatry at National University of Ireland, Galway, and Consultant Psychiatrist at Galway Roscommon Mental Health Services. He completed his basic clinical training in Dublin and then moved to the Institute of Psychiatry in London, where he completed his clinical and research training and received his PhD. He is Vice Dean of the NUIG Deanery for postgraduate basic specialist training in psychiatry, Director of the Clinical Neuroimaging Laboratory at NUI Galway and co-director of the Centre for Neuroimaging and Cognitive Genomics (NICOG).
His clinical research program focuses on investigating neurobiological and neuroimaging abnormalities associated with major psychotic and affective disorders, as well as health services research. His research projects have been supported by the Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council, Health Research Board, Royal Society, National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, Irish Research Council and Mental Health Commission. He has authored 200 original publications in peer reviewed journals.
Dr. Derek Morris – Dept of Biochemistry & NICOG, NUI Galway
Derek Morris graduated with a B.Sc. in Biotechnology from the National University of Ireland, Galway in 1998. In 2001, he completed his PhD in molecular genetics at the Department of Psychological Medicine, Cardiff University. He subsequently joined the Neuropsychiatric Genetics Research Group in TCD as a research fellow and was awarded a HRB Postdoctoral Career Development Research Fellowship in 2003. In 2006, Dr. Morris was appointed Lecturer in Molecular Psychiatry within the Dept. of Psychiatry in TCD and in 2013 moved to NUI Galway where he is now Lecturer in Biomedical Science.
Dr. Morris’ research interests are the development of novel methods for mapping genes for complex diseases and the application of high-throughput genomics technologies to the detection of risk genes for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. He has extensive experience of genome-wide association studies and using SFI funding, set up TrinSeq, the first next-generation sequencing lab in Ireland in 2008. He is currently President of the Irish Society of Human Genetics. His contribution to the Cognitive Genetics Group is study design and the management of bio-sample resources and genetics data used for ongoing studies.
Dr. Brian Hallahan – Dept of Psychiatry & NICOG, NUI Galway
Dr. Brian Hallahan is a senior lecturer in psychiatry at National University of Ireland, Galway and Consultant Psychiatrist, West Galway Mental Health Services. He completed his basic clinical training in Galway and then moved to Dublin. He engaged in research in Beaumont Hospital, which resulted in him attaining his MD degree. He subsequently worked in the Institute of Psychiatry in London focusing on neuroimaging research in Autism Spectrum Disorders and returned to Ireland to complete his higher training. Dr. Brian Hallahan worked as a consultant psychiatrist in the Roscommon Mental Health Services before commencing his present post in 2012.
Dr. Hallahan clinical research interests include structural neuroimaging of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and autism spectrum disorders.
Dr. Ciaran Mulholland – Dept of Psychiatry, Queen’s University Belfast
I am a consultant psychiatrist with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland and a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Medical Education at The Queen’s University of Belfast. I am also a Visiting Professor to the Bamford Centre at the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, School of Psychology, University of Ulster.
I am Clinical Co-lead for an innovative service for young people with “at risk mental states” in the Northern Trust-the “STEP” Service and Clinical Director of the Northern Ireland Psychological Trauma Regional Clinical Network. I am one of two Research Leads of the Northern Ireland Clinical Research Network Mental Health Special Interest Group.
I have a research interests in first episode psychosis and “At Risk Mental States”. I have a particular interest in the impact of childhood trauma on mental health outcomes in young adulthood. I am a Principle Investigator on the Northern Ireland First Episode Psychosis Study (NIFEPS). I have a particular clinical and research interest in the impact of violence in the local context of Northern Ireland on mental health outcomes.
Keywords: first episode psychosis; at risk mental states; psychological trauma
Dr. Ciaran Shannon – School of Psychology, Queen’s University Belfast
I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Course Director for the D.Clin.Psych. at the School of Psychology in Queens University Belfast. I also work in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust. In this post I manage specialist mental health psychology services and I am currently developing, along with Prof Ciaran Mulholland, a colleague from the school of medicine, a service for young people at risk of psychosis, the first of its kind in Ireland. While I have a broad range of experience with clients with a variety of mental health problems, my clinical practice is primarily in the area of delivering Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for psychosis and for preventing psychosis.
I am also currently a member of editorial board of Psychosis: Psychological, Social And Integrative Approaches, and a member of Threshold’s professional practice committee (a mental health charity in Northern Ireland). I am past chair of ‘Rehability’ (another mental health charity in NI).My primary research interest lies in exploring the links between psychosis and traumatic experience and have published widely in this area. I am also developing a research programme focusing on how we can prevent psychosis developing in at risk young people. I am interested in the effects of trauma on mental health and functioning more generally and how we can intervene post-trauma to improve mental health. I have an interest in how mental health services should respond and what treatments should be provided to those who have experienced trauma and psychosis.
Keywords: psychosis; prevention; trauma; abuse.
Prof. Mary Clarke, Department of Psychiatry, UCD.
Professor Mary Clarke completed undergraduate medical training in University College Dublin. She trained in medicine and neurology and then in psychiatry. In 1998 she was awarded a two year research fellowship funded by the Stanley Medical Research Institute that allowed her to develop her interest in the clinical and epidemiological aspects of first episode psychosis. She was appointed as Consultant psychiatrist to St John of God hospital in 2001 where she specialized in substance misuse and psychosis. She took up the post of Clinical Lead of the DETECT early intervention service in psychosis service in 2011. She was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry to UCD in 2008 and as Clinical Professor in 2014. Her research programmes focus on longitudinal studies of first episode psychosis and early intervention. She has an interest in developing interventions to improve outcome in psychosis. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists UK and the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland.
Keywords: Psychosis, epidemiology, outcome, recovery
Supported by RCSI
If the HVN is successful and independent then its hardly up to the psychological system (which is generally speaking unsuccessful) to analyse them or to have an opinion on them.
Thank You for writing this Sarah,
I like the shield activation.
I have experienced unsuccessful Psychiatric treatment myself.
There has to be some “collusion” from elected representatives.
To me the term “Psychosis” means – can I have some money.
Why are governments allowing pharmaceutical companies to damage and kill people?
This doesn’t surprise me.
Psychiatrist Dr David R Hawkins Explains the Process Better Than I Can:-
Theres got to be some collusion going on between “government” and “pharmaceuticals” for this nonsense to be happening. Theres got to be.
Hi are you sure? With this pandemic all the experts are talking about epidemics of Mental Illness. I don’t know if this will mean more talking therapy or more medication or both.
[Though, when I interact with family members in Ireland – they sound quite happy with their circumstances].
OFFICIAL PERMISSION TO KILL = NO EXCUSE
Supposing these Medical Killers were given Official Permission to kill and cover up, for the sake of ‘Industry’ (Ireland having a large stake in pharmaceuticals). Would the Medical Killing then be Okay?
No It wouldn’t. This has been tried and tested elsewhere following the 2nd World War. Doctors that murdered the Mentally Ill were Executed in the same way as those that killed the Jewish people the Communists and the Disabled.
I was happy to initially refuse Psychiatric Drugs and even though I came off Neuroleptics (aka Major Tranquillisers) responsibly, I still suffered from a type of nearly Disabling Anxiety (which I had never experienced before), that could have driven me back onto these drugs.
But I was able to get a Picture of how the anxiety ‘worked’ and to figure out ways of dealing with it. Eventually I overcame it, and at the same time learned to successfully live with more rational fears.
Historical Medically Psychopathic Behaviour from Ireland covered up by Present Day Doctors at London
KILLERS IN MEDICINE
“…In the third case, Charles Cullen, a hospital nurse, confessed to murdering as many as 40 patients over 16 years by injecting..”
NOVEMBER 24 1986 IRISH RECORD SUMMARY
This Record Summary Deliberately OMITS Requested Adverse Drug Reaction Warning concerning drugs (Fluphenazine Decanoate Depot Injections) that NEARLY KILLED me.
Adverse Drug Reaction Warning Request Letter sent to Galway Nov. 8 1986
Adverse Drug Reaction Request ltr Pg 1
Adverse Drug Reaction Request ltr Pg 8
Adverse Drug Reaction Request Ltr Pg 9
ADVERSE DRUG REACTION WARNING REQUEST LETTER
Pages 8 and 9:-
“…I’m a bit worried that if I ever needed treatment that I might be put on long term depot injections against my will…
When I was on these injections I had very bad side effects… like extreme restlessness.., very unpredictable behaviour…,the worst feelings of my life….
Dr Carney..called it oversensitisation..
This is the thing that worries me most if I should ever in the future need treatment….
So if you made sure this was on my File at Galway and that they would know about it at the Central
Middlesex Hospital if I ever needed treatment…”
Irish Record Summary Pg 1
Irish Record Summary Pg 2
“…In the third case, Charles Cullen, a hospital nurse, confessed to murdering as many as 40 patients over 16 years by injecting them with overdoses of various medications.
According to some estimates, he may have been responsible for the deaths of over 400 patients…”
AKATHISIA: SUICIDE ASSOCIATED WITH DEPOT FLUPHENAZINE 1983
[There are Dead Bodies at Galway].
Whats promoted these days “in psychiatry” is more a type of sabotage of Buddhism, than Buddhism.
Was Jordan Peterson diagnosed as “Schizophrenic” during his crisis?
For most people this would be a complete disaster – but it doesn’t seem to stick to Jordan Peterson.
The same with ‘antidepressants’ and anti anxiety drugs – a lot of people taking these drugs are thought of as psychiatric patients whereas Dr Peterson maintains respectability.
It’s like MH is a Social Class type of thing!
I notice the term ‘Relapse’ is used in this Study for someone that enters ‘Crisis’ following abrupt ‘antipsychotic’ withdrawal. BUT if anyone exposed to “antipsychotics” for any length of time can be expected to enter ‘Crisis’ on abrupt drug withdrawal, then IMO the term ‘Rebound’ should be used.
It is amazing that it’s taken 70 years for ‘neuroscientists’ to figure out the basics of how Major Tranquillisers work, and I wonder if this would be acceptable in any other medicine. ..
…But at the same time I really admire the People that put this Research together.
Meditation can be conducive to happiness and its the kind of thing that can be practised at a gradual pace.
I believe solutions to a lot of lifes problems can be found through Buddhism – certainly problems like so called ‘schizophrenia’ and the withdrawal from strong psychiatric drugs.
Though, a friend over mine from the Sudan told me once that if the whole world was Muslim then it would be a fantastic place to live in.
We’ve got machines and technology that can nearly produce everything, so we don’t need to slave away in factories – just share everything out – and if the rich want more, they can have more. But I don’t think this is going to happen.
I notice people tend to shy away from the more frightening practices in “MH”, like treatment induced death and disability, but these need to be faced up to, so that situations can be improved.
Dr Peter, even though English isn’t your first language, you are easy to understand and compulsively readable. This book really gets the needed message across.
I’m not the least bit surprised.
I have everything I require right now – but there are things I don’t have that I would like!
Flower arranger, gardening might be too much like working for a living!
Coming off Neuroleptics (aka ‘antipsychotics’) carefully is one thing, but dealing with longterm withdrawal Anxiety is another thing. This Anxiety can drive a person back on the Drugs – but it is possible to learn to overcome it.
Established (‘withdrawal’) Peer groups tend to be very good at helping to deal with this type of anxiety, on the basis of members own personal experience.
4. Do you honestly believe a doctor might deny what happened, or change the written records?
Or that a Coroner might?
AKATHISIA = 1. Out of Character and.. 2. Extreme Behaviour 3. ..following the (a). Stopping (b). Starting (c). or Changing (dose of) a Psychiatric Drug (i.e. Neuroleptic/’Antidepressant’).
Is it possible to have ‘Schizophrenia’ without Anxiety?
They are completely different things!
Equanimity is a spiritual quality that a person works to attain.
Indifference is indifference!
But it is clear from the Examples in this Study that Exposure to “Antipsychotics” Causes “Schizophrenia” in Well People.
Quite a few people get left with Longterm Withdrawal Syndrome. It is possible to adapt to this but it is still a problem.
I agree with you.
The mooted Benefit of ‘Major Tranquillisers’ aka ‘Antipsychotics’ was that they created a ‘State of Indifference’.
In Buddhist Psychology a ‘State of Equanimity’ is considered to be the most Beneficial. A person can’t be genuinely anxious if they can see all outcomes as equal.
I know that this works because I’ve tried it.
I can’t understand why any psychologist would support “Schizophrenia” when the only people to recover, do so through “psychological” means.
This is very Good News.
As doctor Peter Gøtzsche has advised this week or last week; the so called “anti psychotics” are not “anti psychotic” they are Major Tranquilizers.
And the best way go come off a Tranquilizer is to come off it as slowly as possible. These drugs have been around for more than 60 years so this “ground breaking discovery” is late in the day – but still welcome.
The other side of things is the damage done by the drugs while in the system i.e. the creation of “High Anxiety”. Whether someone can cope with coming off these drugs or not, can be dependant on their ability to negotiate this “phenomenon”.
We know now from the different groups and treatments that have sprung up over the years that the “original distress” can be dealt with without Major Tranquillisation – to begin with.
So We Need To Stop AntiPsychoting People To Begin With.
Dr. Peter Gøtzsche seems also to be very positive about – (just normal) people helping each other when in crisis.
Thanks Dr Iva,
“…as a cog in the machine of productivity…”
If it’s possible for a self driving vehicle to drive itself from from Edinburgh to London successfully, then the day when a lot of human cogs become redundant should be close.
I believe technology has now probably become a lot more advanced than the example above, but is being deliberately slowed up – to keep people occupied.
My heart goes out to any akathisia sufferer. Jordan Peterson is a psychologist so a person might think that he would take another route.But this would be his own business.
I stopped taking my own Schizophrenic medications (because of Akathisia), and I made full recovery as a result.
If ‘Antidepressants’ Are a Fraud on the public; How do we know that BREXIT is NOT a Fraud on the Public?
[The Results were close to 50 : 50]
I Would like to Explain my above Comment with a Frightening Example from my own Life.
EYE CANCER DIAGNOSIS
Following vision problems in my left eye (in 2013), I was referred to an Opthalmologist who referred me to an Ocular Oncologist, who went on to Diagnose me with an Ocular Malignant Melanoma.
The Oncologist explained to me that if the cancer hadn’t already spread, that then there were treatments available. But that I might Lose my left eye, or suffer serious eye Damage as a result of the Treatments.
My Mind went into “Catastrophy” when I heard the News. I knew that if I was to engage with it, that I could go Mad. So I stayed out of my “Mind” for several weeks.
After several weeks my Mind returned to me. I wasn’t Happy with my situation, but I could Function. And I now had the Mental Balance to make my own reasonable choices.
Thank you Javier,
I was wondering when this subject would crop up on MIA because it seems to be getting more topical.
If it works it works, we’ll have to wait and see.
I was referring to the Epidemic of Diabetes type 2 (in the ‘normal’ population) independent of Psychiatry.
But without a shadow of a doubt, Neuroleptics cause uncontrollable weight gain and diabetes.
We lost a lot of knowledge of natural healing through the victimization and genocide of the “Witches”.
It’s nice to see you again.
The control drugs cause exactly what they are supposed to protect against ..
.. or this at least, is my experience.
I’m very sorry to hear about the death of Ivory McCuen.
Hi Dr Philip,
Psychiatry & Diabetes
Maybe Psychiatry is a form of population control indirectly supported by states. The reason I say this is because it seems to me that Psychiatry can get away with anything.
Besides Psychiatric drugs, the other big killer is “Obesity” which some doctors are convincingly blaming on official dietary recommendations to ‘consume more carbohydrate’.
Both of these Killer Epidemics seemed to have their origins in the early 1980s.
Apologies if I’m wandering a ‘wee bit’ off target!
SOLUTION TO “SCHIZOPHRENIA” ON ST PATRICKS DAY
Chronic Schizophrenia (4 years) with worsening Prognosis (repetitive hospitalizations, repetive suicide attempts, and longterm disabled)
NEUROLEPTIC INDUCED PTSD
Even careful Withdrawal from “Major Tranquilisers” can result in “Major Anxiety” or “Drug Induced PTSD”.
If PTSD exists it can show up in the present; sometimes as an exaggerated reaction to a present day problem.
The way I dealt with this, was to take the focus off Present Day Problems, and to direct focus instead on the Physical Feelings and Atmosphere surrounding the problems.
Full Recovery. This Approach had the effect of levelling out the underlying ‘Anxiety’, and bringing Present Day Problems into manageable proportion.
1984 – 2021 Longterm Recovered (no more suicide attempts, no more hospitalizations, and never disabled).
FINANCIAL BENEFIT 1984 – 2021
¹£65,000 per year × 37 years = £2,405,000 Sterling
¹The London LSE calculates Severe Mental Illness as costing £65,000 per sick Person per Year.
All of the above can be verified with documentary evidence.
[ORIGINAL “DIAGNOSIS” 1980]
“I guess when I’m in that place where I haven’t taken my meds (Sertraline) there’s a part of me that just [thinks] there’s no way out.
“It’s like there’s five doors in front of you and all of them have cement behind them…”
From My Own Experience without meds (modecate):-
If its possible to Scan the body and stay with the feelings until the feelings eventually go – then “five doors with cement behind them” – won’t seem so serious.
Thank You for your Articles Dr Peter,
It’s the Witch Finders Manual:-
“…I wondered how it was possible for Rasmus to believe in such nonsense. It is total baloney to postulate that a mania that occurs during treatment with a depression pill is a new disorder…”
Is it just the “mentally ill” that are mentally ill ?
What about all the other people?
I have a friend who practices Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and what he told me was that it was impossible for a person to be depressed unless they think depressing thoughts.
This friend of mine started therapy late in life and had suffered from depression and anxiety – but he appears consistently happy to me.
£65,000 +/per person/per year is what the London School of Economics estimates each Severely Mentally Ill person costs the UK.
£65,000 = $90,350
If the only “patients” that Completely Recover are the ones that abandon Psychiatry – then “patients” genuinely partnering up with Psychiatry mightn’t be the best idea.
I think Neoliberalism involves all the money and power going in one direction, and the public being fed a false idea of having control over their circumstances.
(I’m not sure about loneliness)
Thank You Someone Else,
When Dr Peter Gøtzsche described the diagnosis “Schizotypy” given to the Danish Film Maker, I thought it was a misspelling, so I looked it up on Wikipedia.
“…In psychology, schizotypy is a theoretical concept that posits a continuum of personality characteristics and experiences, ranging from normal dissociative, imaginative states to extreme states of mind related to psychosis, especially schizophrenia. ..”
Some of these psychiatrists are extremely good at expressing their positions but at the end of the day they can only offer tranquillisers and disability. If they leave, they have nowhere else to go.
Anxiety and Depression
I believe the two definitely go together. Anxiety says nothings going to work out, and depression says much the same.
Anxiety can be turned around with practice.
The people in power are in a position to interpret the situation any way they want – theres no justice.
The Tribunal is a gimmick.
Criticism of History & Diagnosis Formulation
You might be right Steve, but in my experience most aggressive
men tend to be a bit older.
If the drugs are no better than the “placebos” it must mean that they’re not worth anything – mustn’t it?
..especially the Psychiatric Drugs.
The “Elephant in The Living Room” is AKATHISIA and the Official Cover Up of AKATHISIA:-
Licence To Kill
They said I was the same as you but worse. I had initially been abused in hospital with over medication and after this I suffered from disabling drug side effects.
I had to reduce the drugs to overcome the side effects and eventually over the years the drugs disappeared. I didn’t think they would – but they did!
“.. Just about every Disabled person I know has encountered imposter syndrome at one point in their life…”
On my own introduction to psychiatry, I believed in problems a professional might help someone with, but I didn’t believe in Diagnoses, especially when most of the “patients” looked okay.
Further down the line when I tried to withdraw from Neuroleptics and was getting into serious trouble – I found myself believing in Diagnosis. But then I found effective non chemical solutions that worked for (non existent) “Schizophrenia”:-
Neuroleptic Withdrawal Syndrome has also been described as a type of Chemically Induced PTSD Syndrome.
When I was is in the Grips of this Chemically Induced PTSD I realised that it was important for me to experience this Horror as a physical condition. Because once this happened IT weakened – and I eventually came back to normal.
Hi Dana, the only people I’ve known with an “Autism” Diagnosis seem to be the exact opposite of what I’d imagine an “Autism” person to be.
If medical students disagree with doctors they can be in serious trouble. This would not be because the doctors are right, it would be because this is the ways doctors do things.
If People can recover themselves from “Schizophrenia” and Psychiatrists CAN’T – then the Recovered People need to be Followed – NOT Psychiatrists.
I’m sorry if the ABOVE seems Dramatic but I come from a background where people recover very quickly.
DRUG INDUCED PTSD
Trying to come off “medication” (even carefully) can can bring about THIS type of distress :-
Description on HOW to deal with it:-
Coming through this ONCE shows how it works.
“…He refers to the concept of the “pain-body”, which is an old emotional pain living inside of you. It may have accumulated from past traumatic experiences and sticks around because these painful experiences were not fully faced and accepted the moment they arose…”
Thank you Dr Peter,
ALL of the 6 Statements you have made are TRUE..
….and I can be PROVE it.
How about this blarney:-
https://www.tcd.ie/news_events/articles/irish-study-finds-genetic-mutation-that-significantly-increases-risk-of-developing-schizophrenia-or-bipolar-disorder/#:~:text=Gaeilge-,Irish Study Finds Genetic Mutation that Significantly Increases,Developing Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder&text=Medical Scientists from Trinity College,disorder more than ten-fold.
“…the heavy-duty psychiatric drugs that truly were disabling them…” – Is 100 percent true.
“But every day I look into the eyes of a young person and see the spark come back; every time I witness them coming off the heavy-duty psychiatric drugs that truly were disabling them — it’s exhilarating.”
I would assume that if a person were able to successfully deal with “Antipsychotic” Withdrawal Syndrome, then they would be able to deal with “Schizophrenia”.
But if “Schizophrenia” isn’t a problem, then it doesn’t exist!
But what about the Mental Health Dangers to Society:-
Post-mortems on three brothers found dead in Cork:-
The Risk to Society is more likely in Psychiatric Drugs.
I never thought that nearly all psychologists were useless but I do now.
..Because none of them realistically challenge Schizophrenia; or have identified Neuroleptic Withdrawal Syndrome, or can usefully present strategies whereby a person can withdraw successfully from Neuroleptics and overcome the resultant and potentially disabling “High Anxiety”.
If they’re no good at any of this – then what Are they good for?
“….A series of semi-structured interviews of seven women, six of whom reported bipolar disorder diagnoses …”
A doctor friend of mine told me that people came to see him sometimes reporting their Bipolar to be “up” or “down”.
When he looks into it he finds that they’ve never been diagnosed as “Bipolar” or anything else; and there’s nothing wrong with them.
Some famous movie stars claim to be “BiPolar”, and some people “Self Diagnose” themselves as “BiPolar”.
My Experience is Described in the LINK below:-
I honestly thought Psychologists and Psychiatrists knew everything as well.
When I was attempting to recover from “Medication Induced Schizophrenia” as a young man, I was given a book called “Your Erroneous Zones” written by Psychologist Dr Wayne W Dyer. In this book Dr Dyer stated: that there was “no need to worry about anything”. I was going Mad with Worry at the time.
Eventually I found a way of dealing with my “High Anxiety” – through making appointments with my problems for later dates – while taking my feelings on board at the time.
The drugs IMO, had been silently causing my PTSD Type High Anxiety, by blocking my normal emotions while I consumed them, and making my system more sensitive.
I don’t worry about much now.
There are so many popstars maybe 35 per cent of them that have had some type of serious breakdown – we all know this – and recovered. So whats so special about Britney Spears?
I’d imagine that conservatorship (for anyone) could become a self fulfilling prophesy.
Thank You Bob,
Drink, Drugs, People and Violence
At least 50% of all Violent Crime is conducted by People while under the influence of Alcohol or Drugs.
Most people that successfully overcome serious drink and drug problems do so through Independent Selfsupporting Fellowships.
These (Non Medical) Fellowships (for those who attend regularly) – have a near enough 100% success rate.
(I believe Open Dialogue might have taken its original guidance from these groups).
“…I succeeded at getting lots of really cool papers published by cool scientists at fairly large costs—I think $20 billion—I don’t think we moved the needle in reducing suicide, reducing hospitalizations, improving recovery for the tens of millions of people who have a mental illness…”
MOVING THE NEEDLE
.. on Suicide, Hospitalizations and Genuine Recovery:-
Reduce “medication” Carefully Down to Nothing while Offering Inexpensive Adjustment Psychotherapy.
Can be proven to move the needle inexpensively!
For me it was a Bad Dream, but a lot of people Lost their Sanity, and their Lives on Fluphenazine.
I remember discussing my situation with my Psychiatrist in 1986:- I mentioned the problems I had with involuntary movements and Suicidal Reaction on Fluphenazine. My Psychiatrist was Apologetic and then made a statement that had me thinking that he was under the Influence of Alcohol.
He Stated:- that he could have had someone on 10 times what I was on, and that they wouldn’t have had my side effects. He then stated that he could have had someone on 25 or 30 times what I had been on and they wouldn’t have my side effects.
At our next appointment he told me he was taking a years Sabbatical to conduct Reseach in Canada:-
“…Without these foundational yet ill-proven assertions in place, there is little scientific basis for the idea of precision psychiatry…”
Theres little scientific basis for psychiatry if
– nobody recovers, as they don’t.
NON PRECISION PSYCHIATRY
“…For example, a study published in 1982 reported that when a group of patients with schizophrenia were each given 20 mg of fluphenazine, the difference between the highest and lowest blood level of the drug was 40-fold. Thus, a very low dose of an antipsychotic is sufficient to control the symptoms of many patients with schizophrenia, even if it does not produce full recovery, whereas other patients may require much higher doses to achieve the same effect….”
If you want to sleep soundly for 7hrs and wake up completely refreshed, one tiny 25mg tablet divided by 4 of Genuine Seroquel will probably do the trick. But you might wake up Dead!
(Seroquel can affect vital processes – this is why it has a black box warning).
I see what you mean, now.
(A lot of overall discussion on Neuroleptic Drug Withdrawal, as far as I can see – doesn’t seem to focus on remedies for “longterm withdrawal syndrome” which can determine success or failure).
I wondered why my GP had me revived as a Severely Mentally Ill Person (in 2012) 30 years after I had recovered:
I’m 60 years of age and to this day, have no Criminal Record in the UK or Ireland or anywhere else. At the Maudsley Hospital (in 1980) I was put under Psychiatrist Dr DC Mawson future Psychiatrist to Ronnie Kray https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kray_twins
Theres NO AMSTERDAM (where I had spent the preceding Summer months) on the UK side of my Records – and I believe this might be the reason why.
(Dr DC Mawson who I don’t recall ever meeting never mentioned “Schizophrenia” in his correspondance regarding me. But there was a strong emphasis on “street” drugs which I had consistently denied taking).
Very Well Expressed!
When I hear how Open Dialogue operates I can’t imagine it working. But its very well known that it does.
Birgitta Alakares passing is a big loss.
Thank You Dr Dhar and Professor Spandler.
Minimal Medication Approaches to “Schizophrenia”:
It took me 6 years (1984 to 1990) to cut from a disabling 25 mg Fluphenazine Decanoate Depot Injection Per Month (used for “Schizophrenia”) – to 25 mg Thioradazine per day (useful for hiccoughs).
Coming off Neuroleptics can leave a person with a type of potentially disabling Chemically Induced PTSD type Syndrome – this can be transformed (with difficulty) through focusing on ‘feelings’ instead of focusing on ‘thinking’.
Useful Advice From Eckhart Tolle:-
The Science is genuine, and if the books are interesting and well written they fulfill a need within society to be informed – as overall human life expectancy decreases in the Western World.
Well, according to my experience – the horror stories DO exist!
Depression as I see it, might be a condition of incapacity almost to the extent of paralysis. I’ve read that this can happen to a person and (if they experience it without medication)
they usually never experience it again.
I have taken tricyclic antidepressants on doctors recommendation, and these drugs had no MH effect on me whatsoever. Going on them, Being on them and Coming off them made no MH difference whatsoever to me.
But, I wasn’t depressed at the time, though I did experience periods of sadness or melancholy. I think the AntiDepressants were probably prescribed to me, to cover my Akathisia induced Suicidal Hospitalisations!
We need all of these books.
I did recover as a result of stopping “medication”.
“…A good case can be made that many of the difficulties he had in the 1980s stemmed from the medication he was put on for a possible Schizophrenia or Schizo Affective Disorder…”
From the last Psychiatrist I saw, in 2018.
My understanding of Dopamine Supersensitivity Syndrome – is that when a person withdraws from Neuroleptics they don’t necessarily come back the same:- I suffered from the Longterm Withdrawal Symptom of “High Anxiety”.
I believe Dr Peter Breggin describes this syndrome as a chemically created PTSD Type Syndrome.