prescription drugs

Lasting Damage from Prescribed Drugs

“There is a large-scale failure to appreciate the risks involved in taking drugs that alter brain function on a long-term basis.” This article by psychiatrist Dr. Joanna Moncrieff has been published by Mad in the UK. It begins: “The recent furor…
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Should we, can we, halt the rise in prescribing for pain and distress?

“Prescribers may want to move towards a ‘selective-use protocol’ based on individualised trial of medication and change depending on immediate and short-term response, 5  rather than the indiscriminate current ‘offer to all with a diagnosis’ method of practice.” Written by Prof….
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‘We are a sedated society’: the rise in antidepressants during lockdown

“One in six of the population is on antidepressants, and the numbers are rising. Are GPs being too ‘trigger-happy’ with prescriptions?” Reporting for The Telegraph, Miranda Levy writes : “As Britain slowly unlocks, we are emerging blinking into the sunlight. But…
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Teens are increasingly depressed, anxious, and suicidal. How can we help?

This article in Vox magazine has been written by Brian Resnick, albeit mainly within a North American context. It begins: “Here are some numbers we need to reckon with: the number of suicide deaths in people ages 15 to 24, over 36…
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Explore England’s drug prescription data

The prescribing of psychiatric drugs touches on a range of key issues when it comes to discussing a new vision for mental health. Such prescriptions are running at massive and ever-increasing levels. To give just one small example, a July…
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Therapists want guidance on prescription psychiatric drugs, survey confirms

Ella Rhodes, writing in  The Psychologist , on a survey led by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence: “Early findings from a recent survey of practising therapists provides compelling evidence that guidance for therapists to support them dealing with clients…
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