British Medical Journal

Undisclosed financial conflicts of interest in DSM-5-TR: cross sectional analysis

This study has been published in the British Medical Journal. The abstract says: “Objective: To assess the extent and types of financial ties to industry of panel and task force members of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,…
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The influence of paid opinion leaders on the prescribing of antidepressants in the UK

A former NHS psychiatrist has submitted two rapid responses to the BMJ (British Medical Journal) in relation to  this published letter : Reversing the rate of antidepressant prescribing. The first response begins: “I see that there have been a number of responses to this letter: Reversing the rate…
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Rapid Response: No good argument for treating mild depression with antidepressants

A response – published in the British Medical Journal – to the argument put forward by Jauhar et al who support the current scale of antidepressant prescribing, including for mild conditions, and for those provoked by social and economic conditions:…
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Experts call for fewer antidepressants to be prescribed in UK

“Open letter to government from experts and politicians says rising usage ‘is a clear example of over-medicalisation’” This report by Tobi Thomas has been published in The Guardian. It begins: “Medical experts and politicians have called for the amount of antidepressants…
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The government has a moral duty to help those harmed by prescribed dependence forming drugs

This “ open letter by healthcare professionals ” calls for specialist NHS services to support patients harmed by taking prescription medications. Published in the British Medical Journal, the letter begins: “This week, BBC1’s Panorama drew sharp attention to the problem of prescribed drug dependence and…
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The illusion of evidence based medicine

“Evidence based medicine has been corrupted by corporate interests, failed regulation, and commercialisation of academia, argue these authors” This article by Jon Jureidini and Leemon B. McHenry has been published in the British Medical Journal. It begins (with footnotes excluded, but…
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Overdiagnosis: it’s official

Within the field of mental healthcare there has long been massive over-diagnosis of mental illness (not to mention shaky scientific justification for many of the diagnostic labels applied). Hence the relevance of this article (published in the British Medical Journal –…
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Time to assume that health research is fraudulent until proven otherwise?

The question posed by this article is highly relevant to the field of mental health, particularly in relation to research concerning the alleged benefits of the psychotropic drugs that are prescribed on a massive scale. The author is Dr. Richard…
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The trouble with antidepressants: why the evidence overplays benefits and underplays risks

“Widespread prescribing has not reduced mental disability or suicide, raising questions about the assessment of evidence on effectiveness and safety of antidepressants” This essay by John B. Warren has been published the British Medical Journal (BMJ). It begins: “Depression can be…
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