“Real Psychiatry”

Peter Gordon once again showing the low and deviant behavior of some of the less ethical psychiatrists in the psychiatric community. Peter is the saving grace of UK psychiatry… he is the beacon.

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Dr George Dawson, MD, writes as a ‘Real Psychiatrist’. Dr Samei Huda, a UK psychiatrist has shown unflinching transatlantic support for Dr Dawson’s “Real Psychiatry”.

I have been a psychiatrist for 25 years but have not felt a need to prefix what I do as “real”. I feel the same way about “improvement science”. Science, by definition, should not be predetermined.

A few days ago (21st March 2019) Dr George Dawson, MD, shared a picture of his study along with the above picture of a stack of his psychiatry textbooks.  Dr Dawson explained his reason for doing so:

“More than thirty years of psychopharmacology texts and not  a single mention of ‘Chemical Imbalance’ – if you a re reading a book that includes the term burn it – [as] it was written by an antipsychiatrist”

Dr Dawson’s assertion attracted a number of responses:

One respondent said:

“Oh, come on. You…

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It’s BOOM time in Industry

Great new post from Dr Peter Gordon illustrating how UK psychiatry aligns itself with industry. This kind of blatant Pharma-Whoring means that psychiatrists pimp themselves out to the Pharmaceutical industry and dodgy drugs like Seroxat get on the market. They are then over prescribed and over hyped to patients and side effects are denied for years.

We can’t let a little things like human rights, ethics and morality get in the way of profits and career-ism – now can we?

Shameful behavior from UK psychiatry as usual. An ideology and organization beholden to its Pharma- pay masters and one that uses patients as fodder for profits, ego and ideology….



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This is an unedited clip of a contribution made by Professor Michael Sharpe, Professor of Psychological Medicine at the University of Oxford. The Event marked the 50th Anniversary of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford.

The full coverage of the afternoon session of the 19th March 2019 can be watched here (thanks to The Mental Elf):

At this afternoon session Professor Michael Sharpe said: “. . . we live in the greatest of times . . . Mental Health is the rage. This is BOOM time! We have a PRODUCT that is selling like hotcakes everywhere. How are we going to make enough PRODUCT?” [capitalization is mine, but as I heard it] This statement/question by Professor Michael Sharpe was followed by laughter from the audience.

I have watched several of the sessions of this 50th Anniversary. I was struck by the frequent use of the language…

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Celebrity Doctor Sarah Jarvis admits that Seroxat has ‘one of the highest risks of withdrawal and side effects’..



Following on from Sarah Vine’s discussion of her negative experience of anti-depressants on the BBC’s Jeremy Vine show, much discussion ensued on Twitter. Dr Sarah Jarvis was the resident doctor on the show and it was interesting to hear her condemnation of Paroxetine (Seroxat).

She says that ‘we do know Seroxat has the highest incidence of side effects‘ (listen here- https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0003d1m )

Whilst it is admirable that Sarah Vine has brought anti-depressants under the spotlight again, some of the discussion has been disappointing, particularly the mention of the fraudulent ‘chemical imbalance theory’ , and also the promotion that anti-depressants ‘work’ or are still’  beneficial ‘despite the fact that in a lot of cases the negative side effects can disable, debilitate, kill, or just ruin someone’s life entirely. Sarah admits that she was anesthetized, this is called ’emotional blunting’, and this can often push people to kill themselves. When your emotions are flat lined, and you’re in a drug induced apathetic haze, it’s easy to kill yourself, because you’ve ceased to care.

Sarah is in a relatively privileged position (she’s married to a British MP), she’s well off, she’s well connected, she can afford every complimentary therapy treatment, or a good gym membership, or psychotherapy etc. She has a family, and she has a strong voice in the media. The average Joe on these drugs doesn’t have that. The average Joe on psychiatric drugs, is often marginalized, poor, and isolated. For them, not being able to come off a drug like an anti-depressant in a public mental health system, and societal disadvantage- that is stacked against them- would be quite a different experience to Sarah’s I am sure.

We can’t see the data on these drugs, as the drug companies won’t let the public- or professionals prescribing these drugs- see it.

Why do doctors put up with this scandal?

In the BBC broadcast (below) Sarah describes how she has the long term side effect of Tinnitus, but in the same breath says that they ‘worked’ for her, but can’t come off them. She then describes how she has no patients with her kids on them, particularly in withdrawals etc. These are serious side effects, and for Sarah- like for many- the Tinnitus in particular could be permanent. If it is a permanent side effect/damage for Sarah Vine, she might not think that the anti-depressants were worth it- in the end- after all.

When people say that anti-depressants work, of course they would feel that! These are drugs! they alter your brain! They are supposed to give you a mild sedation, or a mild high! That’s what they are supposed to do! However, they don’t address the trauma that caused the depression/anxiety in the first place!

This is why they are dangerous!

On the BBC show, a very distressed lady from Scotland rang in to describe how she was having mini seizures, with long term discontinuation symptoms from being on an antidepressant. The Doctor – Sarah Jarvis- admitted that these long term affects can happen, even after years, particularly after going cold turkey. When I was prescribed Seroxat, I was not warned of any of this! Effectively, we were all guinea pigs in the late 90’s and 2000’s.

Nobody told me, when I took Seroxat, 15 years ago, that it was one of the worst SSRI’s in terms of side effects, there was no internet, and no access to information. Many people in my position- on Seroxat- at that time- died because of this. The anguish of a severe withdrawal, and severe side effects was too much for many.  Seroxat is notorious for causing suicide.

Seroxat has been destroying people’s lives for decades, it is one of the worst SSRI’s, that’s very evident, and it’s somewhat reassuring that medical professionals like Dr Sarah Jarvis realize this, and are at least admitting it on national radio like the BBC.

listen to the full broadcast here-



For Fucks Sake… Indeed.

Repost from:



For fuck’s sake…

Mustering solid evidence, two psychiatrists have denounced their field’s standard guidelines for how best to wean patients from depression medications.

In one 2010 study cited in the new paper, Japanese researchers found that 78 percent of people trying to taper off Paxil suffered severe withdrawal symptoms. The research team had them taper much more slowly, over an average of nine months and for as long as four years. With this regimen, only 6 percent of subjects experienced withdrawal.

In another study, Dutch researchers in 2018 found that 70 percent of people who’d had trouble giving up Paxil or Effexor quit their prescriptions safely by following an extended tapering regimen, reducing their dosage by smaller and smaller increments, down to one-fortieth of the original amount. This is the regimen recommended in the new paper.

Read the full NYT article here

And read another article in The Times (paywall) here

Or here at The Huffington Post

So that’s all good then – more and more medical professionals are finally coming round to believing what we, the injured patients, have been saying for years…

…absolutely… bloody… fucking… YEARS.

In my case, since Dec 2006, when I started writing this blog.

Seems like it’s still not enough for Prof David Baldwin and Prof Wendy Burn though – they still sayIn the vast majority of patients, any unpleasant symptoms experienced on discontinuing anti-depressants have resolved within two weeks of stopping treatment…”

From the individual to the Institution

“….If you’re going to harm patients you shouldn’t do it..”…

How many patients has the organization of international psychiatry harmed over the decades?

too many to count…

(repost from Peter Gordon’s excellent blog)

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This is a film that considers morality and seeks to include the landscapes of all.

Music Credit:
‘From Truth’ by Dexter Britain (can be fully shared under common license agreement)

All the headlines used in this film have been published in Scottish newspapers.

This film is for those who consider that any intervention can bring about a range of outcomes: from good, bad, to in-between. Science (by definition) must always remain open to this full range of experience.

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“Put to Bed”

Professor Carmine Pariante has benefited professionally (and thus also personally) from several Big Pharma sponsorship/research situations which he often lists on his declarations of interests.

One of his sponsors- is GSK.

Quite how Carmine can justify being sponsored by GSK considering how they callously harm consumers year upon year from dangerous defective meds and dangerous/ defective manufacturing processes– not to mention also their 3 Billion fine/felony etc– is beyond my comprehension.

This sponsorship does not indicate that Carmine has patient’s interests at heart. He either doesn’t care, or it’s not important to him, that GSK are one of the most corrupt corporations on the planet. Peter Gordon took GSK’s Seroxat med and like me- and many others- he has had seriously damaging side effects. At one point Seroxat drove him to suicide; and he can’t come off it.

Carmine seems to think that our individual cases of harm, are either no big deal, or that they are so rare that they barely need any attention. Peter Gordon is a psychiatrist, and he is shouting from the rooftops on his blog for years about the seriously damaging side effects he has experienced on Seroxat, but the Royal College ignores him. With this dire situation- what chance do patient’s have?

Carmine hasn’t even seen the data on the drugs he promotes (because it’s hidden), and he comes out and makes outlandish statements with no back up. Quite simply, Carmine has zero credibility. Once you take the Pharma cash, that’s the end of that, patient’s trust in you vanishes (and rightly so- it’s corruption – plain and simple). Pharma has lied about side effects of its drugs for years, by taking cash, and Pharma’s side, medical professionals are complicit in patient harm…

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On the 21st February 2018 Professor Carmine Pariante was quoted across the world:

“this meta-analysis finally puts to bed the controversy on antidepressants . . . “

The Science Media Centredisseminated this “Expert Briefing” to the world.

Meantime the Science Media Centre has chosen to take a back seat on the driving forces that inevitably bring headlines to the world.

Professor Carmine Pariante recently agreed to an interview with Bob Fiddaman. Unfortunately all did not go to plan and the interview was cut short.

[The following statements were openly shared with Bob Fiddaman]:

“I should probably start by stating one thing on which I am sure you and I both agree. I am, like you (and many others) very concerned that antidepressants (especially the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) may have more frequent negative effects than originally thought, in terms of reactions to both taking the antidepressants and to stopping…

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Bob Fiddaman’s Post On Carmine Pariante’s Interview On BBC Radio..


Thanks for the quote Leigh…

Interesting to hear Prof Carmine Pariante sprout the same tired old bullshit about antidepressants on BBC radio 4. This despite the fact that John Read, James Moore, and Sarah Vine are all attesting to the serious withdrawals and harms that these drugs cause on the same radio show. It kinda pissed me off though that the BBC didn’t ask Carmine to declare his conflicts of interests with several Pharmaceutical companies (some of whom manufacture antidepressants), surely his opinion is not valid considering he has a vested interest in keeping his Pharma sponsors happy?


Check out Bob Fiddaman’s new post below.






Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Life-Saving Evidence


Last month the Q & A between myself and Carmine Pariante broke down. For those who don’t know, Pariante is a professor of biological psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College, London, and consultant perinatal psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. He apparently has no sway in whatever the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) say or do yet always seems to speak on their behalf.

Pariante was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 today after the subject of brain pellet withdrawal once again made the news in the New York Times. He was introduced as someone “from the Royal College” and proceeded to carefully and selectively bang the drum regarding the safety of brain pellets, so much so that even RCP were tweeting his quotes from the show (Fig1). Quite why Pariante is the College spokesperson is anyone’s guess.

Check out the use of the word ‘most’.

What irks me more than anything with the above tweet is that features a certain unproven claim in that brain pellets save lives. There will be many who claim that they do, I for one, find this ludicrous given that nobody can prove this. Sure, we get those people who claim, I would have killed myself if it wasn’t for Prozac, Paxil etc but they cannot be 100% certain that they would have gone on to complete suicide, even if previously they had experienced suicidal thoughts.

This “life-saving” claim really has no substance and shouldn’t be allowed, or at the very least should be preceded by, “they can induce suicide in people.” One thing I’ve noticed about high profile shrinks such as Pariante is that they never ever talk about brain pellets inducing suicide, at least not on radio or TV shows, and certainly not in the mainstream media.

During my Q&A with Pariante last month he had this to say to me about brain pellet-induced deaths:

“I accept that it is possible that some patients might have died as a consequence of taking antidepressants, and my heart goes to them and to their families. But these, as tragic and sad as they are, are very rare events.”

No mention of this in today’s BBC show though.

Pariante was invited to speak today after the show had previously aired Daily Mail columnist, Sarah Vine, who spoke about her own troubles trying to withdraw from brain pellets. Adding their voices were Prof John Read and Patient safety advocate James Moore. Everything they said was pretty much undone with Pariante’s ‘life-saving claim’.

I’m getting sick to the back teeth of this outlandish claim and it beggars belief why nobody ever presses these key opinion leaders for evidence.

If, as both Pariante and Vine suggested, brain pellets save lives don’t you think this would be a huge marketing advantage for the drug companies? I’ve read through every single leaflet in brain pellet boxes (SSRIs) not once do the drug companies claim that their product can save your life, so why does Pariante et al claim otherwise? If drug companies had evidence that their product was, in fact, a miracle pill, don’t you think they would have used this as a major selling point?

What does Pariante know that we don’t?

The radio show was, for me at least, disappointing. Why is nobody asking these shrinks how they can prescribe brain pellets when they have never seen the full safety data of the said brain pellets? Has journalism become so poor that the newer breed of writers have not grasped how to ask for supporting evidence when someone makes outlandish claims, or have they not grasped how to get to the root of a problem with decent questions?

If prescribers, such as Pariante do not have the full safety data then they know very little about withdrawal. They have no withdrawal data from drug companies either unless they care to trawl through countless pages of files released in drug company litigation. The evidence is there, they’re just too lazy or pig-shit ignorant to read it.

Brain pellets do not save lives, to suggest that they do is a real kick in the teeth for those who have lost loved ones to brain pellet-induced suicide. It’s a carefully crafted piece of PR spin, it’s a trump card that they hold because (they claim) they have seen many patients saved by SSRIs.

Quite strange then, that these same shrinks have, for nearly 40 years not witnessed ‘anyone in their clinical practice’ suffering from severe brain pellet withdrawal. They see what they want to see, or what they are paid to see.

That not so nice acronym, N.I.C.E, was mentioned in the BBC show. They claim they are working on developing new guidelines for prescribers – they, just like every man and his dog, have never seen the full safety data that the drug companies hold, they, just like every man and his dog, are assuming that the evidence supports brain pellet use because they have published papers to prove this. What they don’t tell you is the published papers are ghostwritten by the drug companies who pay key opinion leaders to add their names to these shoddy publications.

Here’s a thought to ponder on. Why do you think drug companies don’t say “THESE DRUGS WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE” on the insert in the box that accompanies brain pellets? Would it be something to do with making fraudulent claims?

Have you ever heard of anyone suing drug companies because the brain pellets didn’t save their loved one’s life? Of course not, because drug companies don’t make this absurd claim.

Meantime, these brain pellets are responsible for endless misery, be it through the mourning of a loss of a loved one or watching a loved one’s personality change as he/she tries to cope with the horrendous withdrawal effects these toxic chemicals cause.

I’m reminded of a quote from the late, great, Christopher Hitchens:

“What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence.”

Pariante has, in the past, received funding from brain pellet manufacturers, Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, Lundbeck and Pfizer (source)

Bob Fiddaman

Japanese researchers found that 78 percent of people trying to taper off Paxil suffered severe withdrawal symptoms.


“…Japanese researchers found that 78 percent of people trying to taper off Paxil suffered severe withdrawal symptoms….


In one 2010 study cited in the new paper, Japanese researchers found that 78 percent of people trying to taper off Paxil suffered severe withdrawal symptoms. The research team had them taper much more slowly, over an average of nine months and for as long as four years. With this regimen, only 6 percent of subjects experienced withdrawal.

In another study, Dutch researchers in 2018 found that 70 percent of people who’d had trouble giving up Paxil or Effexor quit their prescriptions safely by following an extended tapering regimen, reducing their dosage by smaller and smaller increments, down to one-fortieth of the original amount. This is the regimen recommended in the new paper.

Dr. Horowitz and Dr. Taylor also cited brain-imaging evidence. Antidepressants such as Paxil, Zoloft and Effexor work in part by blocking the serotonin transporter, a molecule that works in the synapses between brain cells to clear out the chemical serotonin, which is thought to help impart a sense of well-being in some people. By blocking the transporter, antidepressants prolong and enhance serotonin’s effects.

But the brain-imaging studies found that inhibition of the transporter increases sharply with addition of the drug and, by extension, also drops sharply with any reduction in dosage. The standard medical advice, to reduce dosage by half — for instance, by taking a pill every other day — and end medication entirely after four weeks, does not take this into account, the two researchers argued.

“Doctors have in mind that these drugs act in a linear way, that when you reduce dosage by half, it reduces the effect in the brain by a half,” Dr. Horowitz said. “It doesn’t work that way. And as a result, there’s a huge load in terms of the effect on brain receptors, and patients are being advised to come off way too quickly.”

Laura Delano, executive director of Inner Compass Initiative, a nonprofit organization that runs The Withdrawal Project and focuses on helping people learn about safer psychiatric drug tapering, said: “I didn’t know about the benefits of slow tapering when I came off five meds in five months, and had a very difficult time in withdrawal.”

What Did They Prescribe Keith Flint?

“…During this period, Flint said he had had depression and formed a worrying dependence on prescription drugs.

“I’d line up rows of pills and just take them and take them and I’d lose track of how many until I passed out,” he told The Times in 2009…..”



“…..In person Flint was disarmingly charming and gentle. He admitted that during the band’s hiatus, from the late 1990s, he had “got bang into coke, weed, drinking a lot”, as well as prescription drugs which had exacerbated suicidal thoughts (he believed himself to be on the autistic spectrum)….”


“…in 2003, and said he suffered from depression, forming a dependence on prescription drugs….”



Celebrities dying from prescription drug overdoses, and polypharmacy, seems to be an epidemic. Of course, it’s been an epidemic among ‘common people/non celebrities’ like me and you for decades. I grew up with the music of the Prodigy, so it’s sad for me to hear that Keith Flint has killed himself.

I wonder what his doctor/psychiatrist pushed on him over the years.

God knows.

RIP Keith,


In Memory Of Paul…


I met Paul 15 years ago in an online support group for Paxil (Seroxat) sufferers. He passed away over a week ago, and his funeral was last week. I couldn’t make the funeral as I couldn’t afford the trip which would have entailed a boat, and a train and other expenses that I just don’t have to spare at the moment. That’s what happens when a dodgy prescription drug destroys most of your life. You end up with scant finances – sometimes- also- for life.

So much is -forever affected.

Paul was 61 when he died. He had been off Seroxat for about 10 of those years, but had been on it 14 years. I was on Seroxat for about 4 years, and I was ravaged. Paul’s horrible Seroxat experience was beyond- what even I- could hardly imagine. He suffered in so many indescribably inhuman ways; cruel, painful ways which he would often try to articulate to me, but sometimes he was so traumatized he couldn’t speak, and he hid away.

It’s odd when you are damaged by a prescription drug like Seroxat, as your life is forever tainted by the experience. Paul’s marriage was also affected, and his relationships with his kids, and his friends. He lost his work, his health, and his income, but a drug like Seroxat takes more than that- it takes away your identity, your soul, and your sense of self (those things are beyond any price).

Paul was acutely aware of what he lost through his horrific time on the Seroxat poison and we would often talk about it. In fact, we would talk about it a lot. We had ‘Seroxat’ in common, but we also had music in common, and our love of our guitars. Paul was extremely talented; both a highly skilled a musician, and producer. Had Seroxat not destroyed his nervous system, he would have been inundated with work, as he was the most sought after guitar teacher in the region where he lived (he was that good) but what little he could do after Seroxat- was a struggle for him- but he really tried.

He tried so damn hard.

I stayed with Paul, and his wife, several times, in their remote house, in rural Wales, and despite his agonizing condition, we had truly great belly laughs, and we had great times. They were without a doubt, among the most kindest, humble, and genuine people I have ever met. What little they had- they shared. His wife Sarah- is an amazing cook, and so obliging .

They were what I discovered to be- the true meaning of ‘ the salt of the earth’ people.

Paul’s life was cut short because 14 years on Seroxat, and years of protracted withdrawal (that he never fully recovered from) meant that his quality of life was severely diminished for his remaining years.

He had a heart attack, at 61. That’s too young to die.

Paul and I would often discuss GSK and Seroxat, and he was well aware of the evil which had come into both of our lives through that vile blue pill. We had hours upon hours of discussions about it all.

I hope he is at peace now.

RIP friend.

See you in the next life.