Royal College of Psychiatrists

The Pharmaceutical Industry and the Standardisation of Psychiatric Practice

“Psychiatry has been rather successful at growing business – perhaps even more so than other branches of medicine and even more so since its turn to the body and drugs that can be impossible to stop.” Prof. David Healy has…
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Experiences of in-patient mental health services: systematic review

This review was published (by the Royal College of Psychiatrists) in the British Journal of Psychiatry: “Background: In-patients in crisis report poor experiences of mental healthcare not conducive to recovery. Concerns include coercion by staff, fear of assault from other patients,…
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Stopping antidepressants

The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) has recently issued information about stopping the taking of prescribed antidepressants. It covers the following topics: What are antidepressants? What symptoms might you experience when stopping antidepressants and how severe can they be? What causes antidepressant withdrawal symptoms? Who is affected by antidepressant withdrawal symptoms? How can I tell if it is withdrawal symptoms, or my depression/anxiety coming back? Does this mean that antidepressants are addictive or can cause dependence? When and how to stop antidepressants Examples of tapering plans Appendix 1: Risk of withdrawal symptoms with individual antidepressants Appendix 2: Potential types of withdrawal symptoms The provision of this information is a welcome step – one that the RCP’s counterparts in the USA (the…
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I know antidepressant withdrawal symptoms are real. Why didn’t doctors?

Writing in The Guardian newspaper, Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett says: “It’s something of a relief to see before you, written down in black and white, what you have known to be true for a long time: in this case, that antidepressant withdrawal symptoms aren’t, well,…
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