Also, Dr. Gotszche, MIA team, please make sure the author of the article reads this comment. I am the son of a surgeon too. My mother’s husband has been an associate professor and a Head of Department of Urology in several institutes in India. While he was an abusive bastard, I used to enjoy going to hospitals and watching surgeries. I watched dozens of them even before the age of 10. I was even taught to use a manual sphygmomanometer by the attendant anaesthesiologist as a kid. I have seen proper medicine up close and it is a fascinating and essential subject. I have had multiple root canals, an implant, an appendectomy, bronchitis and various other problems. Never have I once been confrontational with a doctor. In fact, I am kind to them, and if they are young doctors, I try to be polite and gentle with them, so that even they feel comfortable and don’t make mistakes. The only doctors I start screaming at are my mother’s husband and shrinks. I do NOT enjoy insulting anyone. If I’m doing so, it is out of utter anger after many years of absolute rubbish. You were a former Director of the Nordic Cochrane Collaboration. You know the the psychiatrists in the South Asian Cochrane collaboration and the dunces in that CMC Psychiatry Department. And not just that. All of them. NIMHANS, PGI-Chandigarh, JIPMER, AIIMS, KMC, how many ever psychiatry departments you can get your hands on in India and various other places. Instead of merely writing blog posts here, use your authority as a renowned doctor and beat some sense (at least intellectually) into these fools. Drill it into their heads, that their psychiatric labelling is damaging people, and stigmatising them for life. Drill it into their heads that their labels are used as weapons by friends, family, even themselves sometimes to gaslight people. Drill it into their heads to not convince suffering people who come to them for help because they don’t know what else to do and have very little power, to not whisper sweet-nothings into their ears and act like everything is fine. Just like they force some things onto others, they have to be forced into dialogue and be confronted about what they are doing. Many of these individuals in Indian Departments of Psychiatry neither tell the individuals what consequences the drugs have or don’t have. When they prescribe SSRIs, they do not tell them that they would likely cause sexual dysfunction and tremors, and in some cases mania and delusions. They say nothing about the withdrawal effects of any drug. Hell, I am not even fundamentally AGAINST the use of drugs if they are helpful to some (but voluntarily, and the control should ideally be in the hands of those who use them), but people should have information. Worst of all they pretend like things are fine and dandy with their profession (and I’m not talking simply about the drugs). When these things cause us social problems and legal problems, they run away like cowards. Please don’t be a coward like them. Also, they say nothing about the damaging impact of psychiatric labelling which can occur 5 years or 10 years down the line.Don’t just look to publish books. Do something with your power. If things here proceed the way they are, things will become just like western psychiatry. They don’t even NEED to use DSM labelling here because many people pay cash. They still do it. Do you think if a new individual who goes to them says “Sir/Ma’am please don’t label me, I do not want to be labelled”, any of these individuals will listen? Very few would. A lot of them would put on a pompous demeanour and ask “why?”. Even if the opposite party gives valid reasons, they will rubbish his fears as, protect themselves and talk about how many patients there are living happy lives with their methods. The internet is FULL of people who weaponise psychiatric labelling. You can see them on Reddit, on chatrooms, and on many forums. Every year more people are taking up MD courses in psychiatry and giving rave reviews to each other. If their methods are not changed and the public does not have sufficient information about what their “help” is or even how terrible some of the patient population (and their family members) can turn out (totally indoctrinated), more people will sink into the depths of horse manure the size of Mt. Everest. You must also educate ordinary doctors, cardiologists, neurologists, internists/general medicine doctors, anesthesiologists, gastroenterologists and everything in between about these problems. And also, not to screw with already terrified patients who have labels showing up on charts and who isolate themselves in fear and don’t even seek medical help for ordinary problems.