National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

CBT: The Cognitive Behavioural Tsunami

This book has been written by Farhad Dalal. The publishers say: “Is CBT all it claims to be? The Cognitive Behavioural Tsunami: Managerialism, Politics, and the Corruptions of Science provides a powerful critique of CBT’s understanding of human suffering, as well as the…
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NHS could give therapy before anti-depressants, under new guidelines

The BBC reports : “People in England with mild depression should first be offered behavioural therapy or group exercise instead of medication, according to new advice. The clinical watchdog [the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)] also recommends mindfulness and meditation…
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ECT depression therapy should be suspended, study suggests

“The use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to treat depression should be immediately suspended, a study says” Mark Easton reports for the BBC: “ECT involves passing electric currents through a patient’s brain to cause seizures or fits. Dr John Read, of the…
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Time for a Sea-Change: NICE Guidelines Need a Revised Methodology

Since July 2017 the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR) UK has been leading a major stakeholder campaign calling on the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to conduct a “full and proper revision” of its 2009 guidelines on the Recognition and…
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Antidepressant withdrawal symptoms severe, says new report

The Guardian newspaper reports: “Half of all those taking antidepressants experience withdrawal problems when they try to give them up and for millions of people in England, these are severe, according to a new review of the evidence commissioned by MPs. Guidance…
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The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs (1)

The BBC says (May 23rd, 2018): “Two years ago, Dr Chris van Tulleken discovered we are taking more prescription drugs than ever before – a billion prescriptions a year in the UK. He worked with a GP (General Practice) surgery…
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NICE under scrutiny

Although several years old, this paper – “NICE Under Scrutiny” still has great relevance. It looks at the impact of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines on the provision of counselling/psychotherapy in the UK. Produced by…
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