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Coming off lithium ‘lifted the veil’ of tranquillising medication for a more fulfilling life

This article by John Kelly has been published by Mad in Ireland. It begins: “You have bipolar disorder? No need to be so bloody sheepish about it!’ Insisted Mattias bullishly, on hearing why I had an appointment that required me to take time…
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Drug Companies & Doctors: A Story of Corruption

This article (published on the medicinehitchiker blog) has been written by Dr. Marcia Angell, former Editor in Chief of The New England Journal of Medicine. It begins: “Recently Senator Charles Grassley, ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, has been looking…
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The Zyprexa Papers

According to mainstream psychiatry (and the pharmaceutical companies that provide funding to psychiatry, especially in the USA’s mainly privatised system of healthcare), some prescribed drugs treat alleged chemical imbalances in the brain – imbalances which, it is claimed, are a…
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Kanye proves mental health is messier than just talking about your feelings

“Mental illness is not an excuse for bad behaviour. But we need to acknowledge that it is very often the cause of it.” Writing in the Daily Telegraph , Bryony Gordon says: “A few years ago, when I had first plucked up the courage to…
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Rethinking the Use of Psychiatric Drugs

In “ Rethinking the Use of Psychiatric Drugs ” (Nov. 2016), Robert Whitaker writes: “As prescriptions for antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs have risen, the number of people disabled by mental disorders, in country after country, has risen in lockstep.” He continues: Psychiatric drugs do not…
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Literature and Mental Health: Reading for Wellbeing

This free, online course is offered by FutureLearn (owned by the Open University), who say: “Find out how poems, plays and novels can help us understand and cope with deep emotional strain. The great 18th century writer Dr Samuel Johnson, who suffered from…
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Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness

Written by Robert Whitaker, the first edition of this book appeared in 2010. The publishers say: “In this astonishing and startling book, award-winning science and history writer Robert Whitaker investigates a medical mystery: Why has the number of disabled mentally…
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