BBC is looking for people willing to appear in documentary on antidepressant withdrawal

The BBC is producing a documentary about the long-term side effects and withdrawal effects of antidepressant medication. They are looking to speak to individuals who have decided to come off their medication and would be open to allowing us to follow their journey throughout this process, alongside the reporter of the film who will be doing the same. By following a number of people on this journey, the film will illustrate the diversity of peoples’ experiences in coming off medication and the advice they are given on how to do so safely. Filming will mainly involve video blogs.

The BBC appreciates the very sensitive nature of making a decision like this and will ensure you are supported throughout. If you are someone who has decided off this medication and are open to finding out more about the programme, please reach out to: or

68 Responses to BBC is looking for people willing to appear in documentary on antidepressant withdrawal

  1. Physician 09/11/2019 at 10:58 am #

    Welcome intention to address this aspect of Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) and adverse experience in those taking antidepressants.

    It is hoped that AKATHISIA, as a life-threatening withdrawal phenomenon, will be addressed in this program.

    It is vital that prescribers, and those for whom SSRIs/SNRIs and “atypical'” antidepressants are prescribed, are fully informed and aware of this neurotoxicity syndrome which occurs not only with antidepressant drug induction, change of dose, change of product, but also on drug withdrawal.

    Parents, partners, love-ones and flat shares also need AKATHISIA AWARENESS.

    AKATHISIA is strongly evidenced – over many years to be a precursor to violence against self and/or others.

    This condition is vulnerable to misdiagnosis.

    Of course, other classes of prescription drugs also induce AKATHISIA.

  2. Catherine Clarke 09/11/2019 at 4:01 pm #

    I agree with everything you have written and I think you must be a rare gem in your profession to acknowledge the dangers that befall some patients.

    Please see

    May be the BBC would like to address antipsychotic withdrawal next.

    • Debra 10/11/2019 at 4:13 am #

      Hi have withdrawal from antidepressant drug and benzo drug. Not pretty. Also had brother who committed suicide from antidepressant drug, so I know the dangers of being on them. Also how bad they are to get off and the difficulties afterwards. Still tapering off a benzo drug and it’s he’ll.

      • Basil Beltran 01/01/2020 at 9:52 pm #

        For more than 20 years I was medicated with benzodiazepines and antidepressants. My withdrawal took more than six years… and more. It took my livelihood. Eventually, my marriage.

        I kicked benzos first. Tinnitus was the “canary-in-the-coal-mine” during my protracted withdrawal, alerting me to how various things (supplements, diet, exercise, butterfly-wing-beats) effected the state of my GABA receptors. It was my speedometer and the last symptom to leave… year three. Or was it four? I had seen the head-shaking-disbelief when I noted ongoing “ringing in my ears” to my doc (after detailing the current state of the cocktail… tenths of a milligram of valium) and recalled an exchange we had early on… ”I’ve taken people off Valium in a matter of weeks. And they were fine!” “How did you know they were fine?” “Their vitals.”

        Over the ever–present “eee…eee,” I could barely hear myself thinking, “hmm.”

        I began tapering antidepressants a year after my last benzo crumb. As I see things now, this was a mistake. I remember reading a recommendation: “when planning your psychotropic freedom, remember…benzos last!” That is important advise. It is likely that my GABAergic system was not fully recovered when I began to stress the antidepressant tangled systems. What eventually transpired is called “withdrawal-induced akathisia and, in my case, included self-harm – apparently as a pain toleration strategy. A truly bazaar and hellish phenomenon that the (jaded?) psychiatrist addressed with (did you guess?) anti-psychotics. I recommend avoiding it. The akathisia that is. I’m not entirely certain there was an alternative to a few months of Bluntitol. I was truly desperate and completely dependent on outside intervention at that point. Horrifying. But I did read the pamphlet. Potential side effects: parkinsonism (meh), pericarditis (meh), pneumonia (meh), pudgybloatus, (meh), psychosis (huh) …“OH NO … HELL NO!” This is where a close-up shows the boxers eye – pummeled, bleeding, smashed to canvas – look far off, deeply into his mindscape, seeing clearly the chain of events which he must break.

        Today, I am healthy… in all ways. There is no “underlying illness.” I take no medications, I eat carefully, practice yoga, meditate. I recommend these things without qualification, no matter where you are in withdrawal.

  3. John Herbert 09/11/2019 at 8:25 pm #

    I long for the day when the BBC will accompany people on neuroleptics coming off

    • Catherine Clarke 11/11/2019 at 1:09 pm #

      Me too.

    • Katie 16/12/2020 at 12:47 am #

      of course they won’t represent people on neuroleptics, because then it would be clear that these “side effects” are actually crimes against humanity. It’s easier to talk about these types of bodily maiming in terms of mental illness because it frames them as integral to the patient and their own individual illness, rather than a systemic problem of unethical, experimental drugs labeled “treatment”.

  4. John Herbert 09/11/2019 at 9:35 pm #

    When oh when will the same attention be given to neuroleptics and the other nausive poisons dealt out by the ‘medical’ profession of psychiatry ? ‘

  5. Ingrid De bruyn 09/11/2019 at 9:36 pm #

    so glad the BBC is taking this on, many of us have been living in isolation and are not believed when going trough withdrawal, often leading to wrongly being diagnosed. Deeply craving recognition and bigger awareness, been long overdue! Thank you!

    • Catherine Clarke 11/11/2019 at 1:13 pm #

      When my relative had neuro withdrawal effects, I was told this was proof that the psyche drugs were essential……

  6. chris 10/11/2019 at 7:43 am #

    My view is that it is unlikely that someone with Akathisia/toxic psychosis would be able to make a video blog. They would be in a secure unit and their condition not diagnosed as caused by drug induced akathisia. I’ve never met a psychiatrist who admitted akathisia causes suicide, violence and homicide. The reason being obvious… it points the finger at them.

    • Catherine Clarke 11/11/2019 at 1:30 pm #

      There are folk who come off OK — but I reckon that these are the folk who are able to metabolise psychdrugs efficiently.
      Doctors only know what they are taught and the BMS do not incorporate genetic metabolism into thier cirriculum. If you have long standing doctors or even drug reps training students, these doctors are rigid to the training they were taught. And so the niave cycle is perpetuated. Other things to be considered are professional denial, loss of credibility with thier per group, the fact that the Royal Colllege Psychiatrists receives drug company and by perpetuating psyche prescriptions failitates a steady revenue incomefor the Gov.

  7. chris 10/11/2019 at 8:23 am #

    Also think it is important to point out that many people are now on polypharmacy, so someone with significant anxiety would be on an SSRI and well as an antipsychotic. Worsening of the condition will lead to even more drugs, it is almost never the case that the drugs are seen as the cause. Plus I think psychiatry will fight any introduction of the CYP450 gene test before anyone is given these drugs because psychiatry uses the drugs to control people, what will it do without the drugs? Also the test wouldn’t just point a finger, it would pretty much prove the actions of a GP or psychiatrist caused a horrific situation. But I think the gene test has got to be pushed on a human rights basis. It all needs experts not only in the CYP450 test but human rights law and people who have directly suffered the horrors of toxicity induced akathisia/psychosis who are ignored and labeled as abusers/seriously mentally ill but who probably started with a bout of significant anxiety/insomnia. This area is massively important

    • Catherine Clarke 11/11/2019 at 1:40 pm #

      So, at Addenbrookes Hospital research is beng undertaken for psyche drugs in relation with metabolism. A spokesperson said there was a ‘high drive’ for genetic testing prior to prescribing psyche drugs. In cases of suicide/homicide, the only exact way of knowing whether the act was intentional (having an informed choice), or whether the acts were toxically induced is to have toxicology blood tests for all the prescribed drugs,that the person was prescribed. When alls said & done the prescriber is ultimately resonsible for the outcomes of medications.

      • chris 12/11/2019 at 8:47 am #

        The test has been around for more than twenty years…. more research to implement? Right now people are either locked up in a prison/psych hospital accused of violent crimes/self abuse/serious attempted suicide and the perpetrators maywell have been their doctors. The doctors may not ostensibly acknowledge their drug prescribing has caused the horror show abuse but they certainly know about the CYP450 gene test, especially psychiatrists. My experience is that they will only do this test if they plan to give someone a really high dose of an antipsychotic. When the true scale of drug toxicity abuse becomes clear… It’s a massive human rights issue.. especially via forced/coerced psych drugging.

        “When alls said & done the prescriber is ultimately resonsible for the outcomes of medications.”

        Responsible but when will they be held accountable ?

        • Catherine Clarke 12/11/2019 at 2:15 pm #

          In order to bring this issue to the fore, I think accountability would depend on the outcome of a postmortem. The combination of a person’s genetic profile and blood toxicology for all medications prescribed following a suicide or homicide could potentially highlight psyche meds toxicites in a postmortem. I do not know whether toxicology testing is routine & whether all meds are automatically screened at the coroners. What I do know is that the next of kin can ask for toxicology testing & can refuse for the body to be released until this testing is assured. At this point it is likely the coroners will then use coercion i.e. charge the next of kin for body storage in order to make you change your mind. There are independent labs ( not NHS) for testing which police use. It may be neccessary to engage a solicitor to get in writing confirmation re toxicology testing from the police.
          Again it is how to educate the public ???

        • Catherine Clarke 12/11/2019 at 2:21 pm #

          There is the choice of having your genetic profile taken privately. I understand that if a persons genetic profile is disregarded by NHS prescribers, then this is a serious situation. There is alo a choice of requesting a refferal to a NHS pharmacologist who are experts in metabolism and ADRS

  8. chris 11/11/2019 at 9:06 am #

    Another terrible perspective on all this is that patients who are experienced in MH know that they run the risk of being placed on a Community Treatment Order (CTO) and forced drugging if they inform their psychiatrist and or GP their intention to come off the medication(s) therefore they do not. So if a patient has a reaction to the drug(s) coming off, this is NOT accepted by the GP/psychiatrist as a drug reaction, but a return/worsening of the illness and instead of being more slowly taken off, the patient can be subject to a CTO anyway, which may result in a horrific downward spiral. Human rights lawyers need to be informed of this. Again a CYP450 test would hopefully stop this.

  9. Catherine Clarke 11/11/2019 at 1:43 pm #

    Who has the money to engage a Human Rights Lawyer?

    • Stefan Hearst 06/12/2019 at 9:37 pm #

      Let’s talk more about this human rights lawyer.

    • Ramsay 12/01/2020 at 10:58 am #

      Not many of us Catherine that’s for sure!

  10. Rosemary Knowles 12/11/2019 at 9:53 am #

    Let me quote the fantastic Robert Whitaker’s Anatomy of an Epidemic – Four Years Later Afterword. “In science, the past should help predict the future. If research over a fifty-year period told of medications that worsened long-term outcomes, then studies published since 2010 should corroborate that essential finding. That has been the case here. The updated research deepens what might be called the “case against psychiatric drugs.” And given that this is so, it would seem that psychiatry and our society now have more reason than ever to fundamentally rethink the use of these medications and our current drug-based paradigm of care. ”

    We did not need this Review – we needed to educate everyone, from psychiatrists to patients and GPs inbetween. Lawyers will not touch this issue no-matter how high and independently-minded they may be.

  11. Catherine Clarke 12/11/2019 at 1:53 pm #

    What Review are you reffering to ?

    • Rosemary Knowles 13/11/2019 at 10:37 am #

      Catherine Clarke -I was referring to the APPG/PDD or Public Health England, Review into drugs that cause dependence and withdrawal. The Review conducted by CEPUK – which was undertaken by James Davies and – sorry other name escapes me – which has been under way since end of January 2018. If you access the website and look up “news” you can find all their posts on the progress of this research. There are hundreds of comments too – and pages of Patient Experiences, which are difficult or painful to read. The PDD stands for Prescription Drug Dependence. You have a lot of info to catch up on …… I recommended the book “Anatomy of An Epidemic” by Robert Whitaker, which was one of the first I read on this subject of psychoactive drugs – it is heart-breaking and should be read by everyone interested in this subject. Sorry to be bossy – I am a carer of a suicidal survivor of antidepressants who lost everything.

      • Catherine Clarke 13/11/2019 at 10:54 am #

        I have a similar story & have met Robert Whitaker. However I agree education is a way forward and my way was to spend some years compiling which has nearly 200 references and provided me with credibility.
        So for instance, last week on hearing dentists prescribe antidepressants, I sent the review to the UK General Dental Council alongside my added comment: ‘ Just whom would be willing to risk their career for trial and error prescribing ?

        Would love to hear in what ways you manange to educate?

        • chris 14/11/2019 at 9:37 am #

          Where can I read the whole of your paper please ? My view is that eduction alone will not work. Psychiatry needs to be made – by law and enforcement of the law.. human rights law – to change it’s ways. Have you been in a psych hospital ? They are prisons in all but name where abuse is rife and normalised. The people who run them will laugh in the face of anyone trying to educate them. They are of the view that ‘ill mental health’ equates to criminals or potential criminals who need to be drugged for the rest of their lives to control behaviour. To turn this on it’s head and show gene science..pharmacogenetics that directly proves otherwise….. well…

          • Catherine Clarke 14/11/2019 at 1:15 pm #

            You can email me – access email via CEPUK with my permission. As I have the full article to share around. Other wise there is a draft version:
            Kelly Brogan’s name is missing from this version – otherwise the contents are more or less the same.

            I have attended psyche hospitals as a relative & have experienced professional psychological abuse first hand – as has my relative.

            The sad thing is that those professonals who invariably think their behaviour is exemplary are unaware exactly how they are behaving. So people who threaten, project blame onto others, use coercion, ambiguity, arrogance, deception, manipulation, put downs, fob offs, aggression, vindictiveness, rigidity and unknowing defensive behaviour, have ‘fragile’ personal boundaries and in my opinion are unfit psychologically to practice in the NHS.

            I also percieve my relative has & is physically abused because of the inevitable structural brain changes which occur with psych drugs. Which was not made transparent when these drugs were initially prescribed.

        • Rosemary Knowles 15/11/2019 at 9:39 am #

          Hi Catherine – wow, dentists part of this epidemic too – sounds very suitable focus for your education. My education was purely by writing letters to all and sundry specifically about my son’s experience, from the PM Theresa May, Jeremy Hunt, Matt Hancock, President Wendy Burn of rcpsych, Stephen Fry of MIND, MHRA, Judicial Conduct Investigtions Office, Lawyers, the medics who poisoned my son, and my local MP. I very rarely received even an acknowledgement, but things changed – like rcpsych’s attitude to these drugs, and subsequently the NHS’s response to that. Now that so much money is being promised by all the political parties during this electioneering phase – I am minded to write and demand that substantial funds be set aside to pay out compensation to all those who have been mentally disabled by these drugs. That is my son’s case – I thought he was in withdrawal, and suffering PTSD as a result of the wicked court case he was punished by for having an adverse reaction to badly prescribed drugs, which the Judge was wholly ignorant about. But over two years on from his last pill, I realise he is actually mentally disabled, with chronic anxiety and chronic suicidal feelings and inability to make simple decisions. I would love all people similarly harmed/destroyed by these ADs to write to Matt Hancock too to make him sit up and listen and compensate. Whitaker is brilliant, isn’t’ he – re-reading him for umpteenth time and will send copy to Matt Hancock. Education!

          • chris 15/11/2019 at 12:23 pm #

            Am really sorry to read that, what your son is going through is really appauling and sounds like tardive akathisia. There is no real help either, we hit a stone wall with the establishment…CQC, PHSO, GMC the lot… they all protect the doctors and their interests. Many in the medical world refuse point blank to admit the harms these drugs cause, and it must be galling to find out there was a gene test that could have flagged up a warning to the prescriber.

          • Rosemary Knowles 15/11/2019 at 8:39 pm #

            Chris – what is this gene test you mention, and can it be done retrospectively? My son had not even been given a blood test by his surgery, and when he was suffering psychosis and hypomania from Sertraline, Amitryptiline (overlapped) then Mirtazipine – I begged his GPs to give him one and to include a thyroid test as I had thyroid problem. Nothing untoward was found, but a gene test specifically for this purpose would be very helpful, even now with hindsight.

          • Catherine Clarke 16/11/2019 at 10:42 am #

            Hi Rosemary

            I too have sent various documentation around – can I ask you who actually repsonded? Three years ago the RCPsych told me he was too busy to communicate and latterly the RCGP and the DHSC have not acknowledged my data. Silence is thier biggest weapon & am told reliably that silence is autisitic trait. I would rather professionals swear at me, like Professor Tim Kendall as then at least its keeping communication going. Matt Hancock is Secretary State for DHSC – yes ? Did he get back to you ? I too handed in a book by Grace Jackson – Drug induced dementia ( psyche drugs induced) to the RCPsych. I got an acknowlegement but I guess now you cannot see the book in the library for the dust.

          • Rosemary Knowles 17/11/2019 at 3:24 pm #

            You asked about MATT Hancock – Yes, He is Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Richmond House, 79 Whitehall, London SW1A 2NS. He seems to be a very effective Minister within his remit. I have asked him to set aside funds to compensate victims of psychoactive drugs prescribed by NHS GPs – I don’t know whether that would come under his remit!!!! Anyway, with an electiion brewing who will be the new Health Secretary?

          • Catherine Clarke 17/11/2019 at 3:54 pm #

            I was wondering whether there would be a change of person for the position. I have never thought about compensation and for that to happen they would need to acknowledge the damage incurred with these drugs? Does anyone show accountability?

            I notice Sir Simon Stevens who tops up NHS England used to work for UHS in the States and seems as though he was trained by “Common Purpose” according to a twitter remark. Health_Group

            I too have approached charites, but there is talk about charities being funded by drug companies as is also the RCpsyche partially funded by drug companies.

          • Catherine Clarke 16/11/2019 at 11:05 am #

            The gene test which Chris has reffered to is the CYP 450 pathways; also there is testing for the serotonin receptor and serotonin transporter gene.
            My website : will explain more.
            My relative had these genetic tests done privately & retrospectively. Due to my initiative, the psychiatrist wrote a letter to what ever doctor my relative sees in the future i.e. A/E, Inpatient, so that what ever general drug is about to be prescribed has to go through a pharmacologist first. This action will prevent drug-drug interactons which in the past has contributed to neuro psychiatric reactions.
            I understand only recently these genetic tests are available at MH hospital pharmacies & come under the heading of phsyiological testing.

  12. chris 16/11/2019 at 7:52 am #


    The test is described here:

    Yes it can be done after.

    Yolande Lucire talks about her paper using it here, it’s difficult for anyone without the specific knowledge, so don’t worry about understanding it all:

    You can contact Yolande Lucire here:

  13. Rosemary Knowles 16/11/2019 at 1:04 pm #

    Thanks Catherine – will access your website – but for the moment my son has very determinedly and bravely , I think – not stubbornly – refused to take any of the many psych drugs proffered by new GPs and psychiatrists as they so love doing. He says he could set up a pharmacy. He is therefore “non compliant” and therefore in their view does not have mental capacity!!!! It is all Catch 22-ish. All about power and control and abuse of the vulnerable. The worst of the worst. Only one assessor on his “case” said that he was probably suffering serotonin syndrome from the overlapping of 2 drugs. You asked who replied to me – Jeremy Hunt’s office did a few times, and informed me of the forthcoming Review. Theresa May’s office too expressed thanks and referred me to him. Wendy Burn did not reply, so I forwarded my letter to her on to Matt Hancock. Then the cepuk post “Campaigning etc … changed rcpsych’s attitude” was posted. Success! MHRA returned my 9 pages without comment and just added a Yellow Card number on the top. GPs excused themselves by playing the confidentiality card, to protect themselves. JCIO replied to my very long complaint about the Judge, by brief email saying they only dealt with complaints of whether the Judge had sworn in court , had been racist, or fell asleep at the bench. My MP was helpful by referring me on to JCIO. Stephen Fry’s MIND charity referred me to their website. All in all I have to give the most credit to MPs. The least to the judiciary, and the Health system operatives were the most frustrating. I shall keep fighting for recognition and compensation for victims of this epidemic.

  14. chris 18/11/2019 at 10:43 am #

    “What I do know is that the next of kin can ask for toxicology testing & can refuse for the body to be released until this testing is assured. At this point it is likely the coroners will then use coercion i.e. charge the next of kin for body storage in order to make you change your mind.”

    Yeah, what you find at all levels is pretty much a cover-up… they protect the doctors.

    With regards education,it seems to me people only take note when they are involved… the patient, family and friends. It’s so overwhelming and shocking people such us pretty much spend the rest of our lives in and out of focusing on this terrible issue. But many others just can not do this and do not wish to look at it. We need simplification and for me, a visual method to get across what is happening.

    Luke Montagu talking about his experience to Peter Breggin:

    To explain Akathisia/Toxic Psychosis going off in the head I use a scene in Antonioni’s Zebriskie Point, ofcourse people do not just walk away get in their car drive off they harm/kill themselves/others:

    • Rosemary Knowles 18/11/2019 at 12:14 pm #

      Chris – your responses are very bleak, and maybe that is your sole experience. I find my son’s experience is fluctuating, as he himself negotiates his way through recovery without any “professional help” – just two devoted parents who themselves do not agree about everything and have much to learn themselves. Fortunately I have a deep faith in the Christian God, and a Church which seems to be a little island of hope and love in a hideous world. But most of all he has a deep love and devotion to his two sons from whom he was separated by his wife and the court case she drove him to. They were USED as WEAPONS against him, but he has turned those weapons around by staying an exemplary loving father within his capabilities. They save him from suicide – he knows how harmed they would be by that – he meets people who have contended with that and whose lives were blighted by it. It is almost 3 years to the day since he began this abominable journey of injustice and mental abuse, medical negligence and our injustice system. He still cannot talk to people who seek him out to enquire what happened to him, why he suddenly disappeared from the large international community he worked in. But i believe little by little he will improve – like Luke Montagu you mentioned. I spend much time myself with the Samaritans – I weep in church – I write letters. I have to keep loving – it is the only way, believing in an afterlife where love and justice will triumph. It is MY WAY. But I am not smug about it, it is all I have.

      • chris 18/11/2019 at 1:48 pm #

        In the interview with Luke Montagu, Peter Breggin comes in at 18.53 – after Luke details with very good description –

        ‘Folks this is happening to tens of millions of people, this is no exaggeration. There are tens of millions of people who have no idea of what is happening to them. They don’t have access to the information, they don’t live in the UK or US. This is a catastrophe of proportions that are hard to find words for.’

  15. chris 18/11/2019 at 11:22 am #

    Also it’s not just the phenotype of CYP450 and drug/drug interaction. Plenty of common food stuffs/herbs inhibit CYP450 enzymes such as valerian found in sleep aids. Peoples descent into psych hell usually starts with anxiety/insomina, so they would usually start with looking at ‘natural’ over the counter sleep aids.

    “Valerian extracts from the products tested also exhibited a marked capacity to inhibit cytochrome P450 3A4-mediated metabolism”

    Cytochrome P450 CYP3A4 is the sink enzyme, picking up what ever has not been metabolised.

  16. chris 19/11/2019 at 9:51 am #

    To understand why trying to make drug prescribing safe by education isn’t going to be supported by psychiatry, you need to understand that psychiatry isn’t really about being a medical discipline, on the surface it is now, but the evidential history of psychiatry is clear on this… psychiatry has mass murdered hundreds of thousands without being under the boot of Hitlers Nazi Germany… look at the research work of Prof Michael von Cranach, plus the ‘conditions’ they voted into existance do not constitute science. Today, just under the surface, it’s far more about social control, they work with the police, indeed you will find police cells/’interview’ rooms in psychiatric hospitals right now. The psychology.. so called talking therapy that goes on in these places is more about getting confessions/information on suspected crimes and the drugs… neuroleptic drugs are used to ‘augment’ this in the guise of treatment/prevention of crime. Refuse treatment brings sectioning and forced treatment. They will also use other patients to gain information by setting suspect patients against each other. This goes on in UK psych hospitals and innocent people who’s behaviour has been affected by psych drugs are in there being treated in this manor.

  17. chris 21/11/2019 at 2:15 pm #

    I’m sorry but seeing the BBC News today 21/11/2019 on MH issues re sectioning, BBC are still not prepared to deal with the truth spoken in these posts of iatrogenic causation of suicide ideation, suicide, homicide ideation and actual homicide caused by almost all psychiatric and some other drugs. It’s not just a question of where people are treated but RECOGNISING that this epidemic called AKATHISIA/TOXIC PSYCHOSIS is being caused by an almost blind faith, by doctors, in these drugs.

    • Rosemary Knowles 22/11/2019 at 10:37 am #

      Chris – you are absolutely correct – I read “Against Therapy” by Jeffrey Masson years ago, first published in 1988 and i think out of print, but some copies available on Amazon. His last sentence is -“The corruption I have discerned in psychotherapy and discussed in this book is not unique to this one discipline. Psychotherapy is not, as the profession and individual therapists claim, the instrument that will allow us to detect corruption elsewhere. Psychotherapy cannot be reformed in its parts, because the activity, by its nature, is harmful. Recognising the lies, the flaws, the harm, the potential for harm, the imbalance in power, the arrogance, the condecension, the pretension may be the first step in the eventual abolition of psychotherapy that I believe is, one day in the future, inevitable and desirable.”
      That day is not today unfortunately. As for the BBC – I shout at both radio 4 and TV on an hourly basis. The psychopaths are running the asylum which is our society.

  18. Rosemary Knowles 23/11/2019 at 1:03 pm #

    Thanks Chris – a rather laboured discussion I thought. However, I wanted to say that I had asked my Boots pharmacist about the Montagu disclosure that patients can now sue their GPs if they do not wean them off their drugs according to the Br. National Formulary guidelines. She knew about it, but added little to that statement. Only time will tell if this guideline comes into operation – but GPs should be warned at very least that they are at risk. There should be posters highly visible in all surgeries as a warning to both GPs and for the benefit of patients. Who will take this on. Patients Rights groups preferably.

    • chris 23/11/2019 at 1:38 pm #

      Yeah you picked out an important point Luke made in that interview.

      This is a very serious subject, but I’m sorry, coming from psychiatry – Ronald Pies name kinda pops out – “Psychiatrists must prevent suicide not provide it.” I couldn’t help laughing placed into the context of akathisia being induced by doctors and here:

      “Polls have not just moral but also methodological problems.”

      Yet they ofcourse negate to mention the slight problem of DSM methodology…so funny!

  19. Rosemary Knowles 28/11/2019 at 9:44 am #

    Chris et al – referring back to my comment about the BBC – have spent about 10 minutes this morning shouting at the Today Programme. Justin ? bullying Matt Hancock over the fake news allegation by Labour that Tories were going to sell out the NHS to the United States. No matter how much he insisted that this was untrue, Justin would not let him finish a sentence – as per the ethos of this programme. Finally Hancock had about 2 minutes to talk about what he wanted to say – about tackling problems of addiction, from gambling, to opioids and prescribed drugs. Before the Review began I had asked that no reviewers should have any links to pharmaceutical companies so that there was no bias and dishonesty. That was agreed to and they were screened out. I was going to spoil my ballot paper on 12th to say “all prescribed psych medication should be banned” – but after this interview with Matt Hancock – I shall vote Tory. This Review has been hard won and carried through. You will never see good publicity on it aired by the BBC, but they lost by default this time!.

    • chris 29/11/2019 at 2:00 pm #

      ‘Before the Review began I had asked that no reviewers should have any links to pharmaceutical companies so that there was no bias and dishonesty. That was agreed to and they were screened out.’

      I usually listen to the Today program but not this morning.. explain this is please… are you saying you were involved in arranging this.. is it going to be archived on the BBC some where ?

      This home treatment team psychiatist has an influencial govt position on the advisory council on the misuse of drugs:

      “Most people who take drugs are not particularly harmed by them”

      For those of you who do not know, home treatment team doctors prescribe neuroleptics… major tranquilisers. Probably the second most dangerous drugs out there. 400mg-700mg even 900mg of neuroleptic quetiapine can be prescribed for anxiety and to help sleep. I knew one victim of this treatment have a stroke when he was given 100mg quetiapine. We’re not called psych survivors for nothing.

      • Rosemary Knowles 29/11/2019 at 3:31 pm #

        Chris – way back in 2016 as soon as I saw my son change into another character after his SSRI dose was doubled, I wrote to Jeremy Hunt, and began a series of letters with his office. I was subsequently informed that they were starting a Review – Public Health England – into a list of drugs, anti-depressants included, z-drugs, gaba-drugs etc. By then I had read several books, Sedated Society, Peter Gotzsche, Whitaker and knew much more, especially about the corruption of psychiatry and psychiatrists. So – I told them to ensure that anyone conducting the review should not have any links to pharmaceutical companies to stop corruption. I do not subscribe to social media. I just write letters and comments on these strips. I then began following – and learnt that the screening was carried out, with quite a hoo-ha in the media about what labels were being attached to such psychs – like “drug-whore” – “worse than Hitler” – etc. But they were eliminated. I have never written to the BBC Chris. I think, from experience, that Matt Hancock is informed and concerned about this subject … I do hope so. Do you follow AntiDepAware website? It is horrifying because we are not informed about the suicides caused by these drugs but Brian who makes this website carefully studies and records the truth, which is nearly always covered up by coroners. That is the real scandal. The cover-up has to be stopped – these drugs are responsible for mass murder, and mass harm. POISON by the NHS. We have been brain-washed into thinking our NHS is the envy of the world – it could be, if we reformed psychiatry as the root cause of mental illness.


        • chris 29/11/2019 at 4:21 pm #

          Yes am aware of AntiDepAware… Brian’s work is important. But the problem is that it’s a drug/death correlation. It needs to be precisely pin pointed, obviously Brain can not do this. But the CYP450 gene test would go a long way to this. If an enzyme metabolism can’t inactive a drug you become toxic which leads to akathisia/toxic psychosis. Pharmacogenetics can predict this.

          But one has to ask why, doctors, who know full well the harm of these drugs and are active in making this known and changing matters are oppose to this test. Making correlations with autopilot plane deaths/doctors following NICE guidlines, pointing out that the true pharma trials are hidden from all and pharma ghost written material is given out, is all well and good, but you have to be precise, and pin point to the individual.

  20. Catherine Clarke 29/11/2019 at 4:07 pm #

    The only way to prove its poison is for toxicology bloods to be taken.

  21. Rosemary Knowles 29/11/2019 at 6:16 pm #

    Every human being is unique. So, a brain is an organ, but not like any other organ in the body. It stores unique information, unique responses, unique understanding, talents, memories etc. so that no two people are exact replicas of another – not even twins. Whitaker demonstrates that messing with the activities of the brain, alters the whole person. MIND-altering drugs – and the brain tries to fight back to restore its unique functioning. But the drug forces the brain to adapt against this interference and it is this that brings about the damage in the individual over time. A simplistic explanation I know – but I with my spiiritual beliefs interpret this as the uniqueness of the individual protecting itself from being destroyed by external forces – chemicals. Those are the poisons. The people controlling the functionig of a unique brain are the evil ones. Why do they do it? Like the psychologists – power, arrogance, control and mostly for money. Pharmaceutical companies are greedy criminals. It is not a mystery. As a spiritual person I have to confess to also believing in good spirits – and I try very hard to call upon them to do the healing of the harms done. I find it works too over a long period of time …. but I am hanging in there for now. Scientists used mice, rats and cats and monkeys for testing these chemicals for use on human brains. Don’t you recognise how stupid science is – comparing human brains with those of animals. There is no comparison. Nor is there a chemical imbalance in a human brain which affecs behaviour or emotion; even psychiatrists have admitted that myth. But they still use the drugs they justified that myth with. They are Evil and dishonest. We need to condemn them utterly for Crimes against humanity.

    • chris 30/11/2019 at 8:28 am #

      “even psychiatrists have admitted that myth.”
      Yes but they are still saying that to patients, and linking it to diabetes to keep them on the drugs for life. Clearly telling patients you’re not getting well for the rest of your life on your own without the drug… that’s it. Challenge that for long enough and you’re going on a CTO and drugging by force.

      Animal/human yes you see with psychiatrists as well… here Dr Derek Tracy President’s Lecture at the RCP at one point he is informing of home work… “get a puppy and kick it, kick it really hard and see how it responds”. Also note still going on about out of whack dopamine driven ‘control systems’ ‘hyperactivation and discalibration of this system’ re psychosis saying it’s ‘simplistic but we want to get the main ideas.’

      None of that explains the psychosis seen in anti-nmda receptor encephalitis an autoimmune condition :

      Tony Maiden here:

      ‘People are not behaving badly they are beyond any moral consideration’
      ‘It always reminds me of when they use to prosecute pigs for eating apples in your orchard’

      • Rosemary Knowles 17/06/2020 at 9:51 am #

        Hello again Chris – been a long time since I have been following CEPUK posts, as I have selfishly been enjoying seeing my son recovering in leaps and bounds from his horrific experience of withdrawal. All I would like to say is that it happened quite suddenly in stages, the contributing factors being that time played out the effects on his damaged brain, and the fact that some old friends and colleagues visited him and showed they cared and encouraged him to try and return to work, and he joined a Buddhist group in his town which taught him Yoga and relaxation, and he began to sleep at night at long last which was very beneficial, and led to his making friends who all supported each other, damaged as they had been in various ways. He met a good person on-line who was of mutual help and broadened his horizons. ALSO – and not least of all, I stepped up my prayers through the Divine Mercy devotion, which I do believe contributed greattly both to him and to me. I am delighted to be able to report that he has been accepted for a great job which he will begin soon and hopefully will put his nightmare of brain-damage through psychiatry behind him, and will be able to continue his precious involvement with his 2 sons. To you I say – keep following the good guys and ignore the psychiatrists and therapists. LOVE heals.Psychoactive drugs do immense harm to all who use them.

        • Catherine Clarke 17/06/2020 at 10:07 am #

          Do you know of any one who came off clozapine and lorazepam succesfully?

          • Rosemary Knowles 20/06/2020 at 10:40 am #

            Hi Catherine- not sure why your enquiry about clozapine and lorazepam was addressed to me as I have no knowledge of these drugs. My son’s drugs were Sertraline (lowest dosage for 3 years) – then doubled dosage when he hit a cirsis at work, resulting in aggression and then overlapped with Amitryptiline, causing a psychotic episode and possibly serotonin syndrome – which then changed him to hypomania – and GP told me he should be sectioned – I was enraged by that and fortunately he avoided that by being alerted by a good friend – and then this GP who was an MBE – changed him to Mirtazapine- by which time his life had been destroyed through loss of his home and his sons and his wife being given the power to send him to Police cells any time she wished.
            He spent 22 hours in police cells and was never charged with anything, while she continued her career and her persecution of him through a court case she brought, and making his life as difficult as she could. So, on top of having to withdraw from the poisons in his brain he had to recover from PTSD, poverty and sick-leave for 2 and a half years. Eventually he was laid off and had to exist on benefits and help from elderly parents. He went cold turkey which nobody recommends, as it is terrible, even just to watch and experience as a loving parent – constant negativity and insomnia, panic attacks and pacing and suicidal feelings and total loss of hope. He survived for his 2 sons. That took 3 + years. I feared he would pre-decease me and have not had a holiday for 4 years myself. Now I have a stronger, braver and more positive son back, and HOPE. There was no help from the State or charities. Wish there was compensation available for people like him – but lawyers will not touch.

          • Catherine Clarke 21/06/2020 at 5:47 am #

            Thanks you for getting back to me. Awfful predicament to have been in.
            I have not heard of ‘power to send him to Police cells any time she wished.’ Is this some new legal power?
            I have recently come across VARM (Vulnerable Adult Risk Management) where any person, at any age and for any medication, who is deemed by doctors to be taking an unwise choice for not taking medication which has been prescribed to maintain good health, can be placed in a situation whereby they can be made to take the drugs. The only way round it is to make a legally binding Advance Directive up front.

          • Rosemary Knowles 21/06/2020 at 12:17 pm #

            I have not heard of VARM. Sounds appalling. When hypomanic my son made enquiries about exchanging modest family home for a nicer one for benefit of his family. ONLY ENQUIRIES; no moneys had changed hands and the mortgage had recently been paid off. Paranoid wife (German) control freakish locked him out of the house, and when he was forced to break the chain on door to re-enter – she called out the Police. Two boys sleeping peacefully, but she locked herself in bathroom and played the terrified wife and told them a pack of lies. She was believed; he was traumatised by night in cell; when he returned next day she had gone with boys and started a case against him. The fact that he was mind-altered by prescribed drugs never entered into consideration by that court, which was run by women for women in a very risk-averse way. I did all the research and appealing to anyone who would listen, but was never listened to, until the Review by PHE began. My son who never harmed anyone was treated as if he were a dangerously mental ill person, and lots of restrictions were made against him. It was diabolical – criminally insane and ignorant itself – and hopefully it will change totally if we ever get over Coronavirus. I shall never get over my own outrage over our Health system and Legal system and worst of all Psychiatry and DSM and Big corrupt Pharma – Wish James Davies could totally overturn it. Read all his books if you can. At 77 I am tired and techno-phobic and need a rest.

  22. Chuckster 06/12/2019 at 2:17 pm #

    Have any of these quality care type commissions and councils for excellence ever looked into this? How did these drugs get through?

    • Catherine Clarke 17/06/2020 at 10:08 am #

      The CQC say tis none to their busness

  23. Rosemary Knowles 08/12/2019 at 2:06 pm #

    Chuckster – I strongly recommend that you read CRACKED by James Davies. You would be horrified.

  24. chris 09/12/2019 at 12:13 pm #

    For those of you who do not know about how MH disorders came about: They were voted into existance with almost no science-

    Dr James Davies: The Origins of the DSM


    There is a new UK psychiatry special interest group: Evolutionary Psychiatry.

    Why is this a very important development to keep an eye on? Well look at the history of darwinism/eugenics and the decent into serialization, labotomy and mass murder in Germany Psychiatry:

    The “Euthanasia “ Program in Nazi-Psychiatry.

    In 1920 Karl Binding (lawyer) and Alfred Hoche (psychiatrist) wrote a book: Die Freigabe der Vernichtung lebensunwerten Lebens (“Allowing the Destruction of Life Unworthy of Living”) used by the Nazi’s to justify their Aktion T4 mass murder program. Six ‘hospitals’ were used to mass murder psychiatric patients at: Brandenberg, Grefeneck, Hartheim, Sonnenstein, Bernburg and Hadamar. ‘These centers served as training for the Schutzstaffel (SS) who used the experience to construct larger killing centers (Auschwitz, Treblinka, etc.) The psychiatrist Imfried Eberl (look him up) was Treblinka’s first commandant.’ The important thing to note is that according to Prof Michael Von Cranach, the German psychiatrists were not under the boot of Hitler… they were not forced to kill their patients, but willingly did so… and almost all of them.

    Evolutionary Psych News Letter:

    Note the use of Lavin Assad’s student essay:

    “From a clinician’s perspective, how can we explain, prevent, and treat behaviours that are deemed undesirable and/or harmful? In terms of the law, can the reasons for violent behaviours justify leniency in convicting people if they have no control over their physiology?”

    So you can see where this is going…..

    And note this person seems totally unaware of iatrogenic AKATHISIA/TOXIC PSYCHOSIS and all the evidence.

    I hope the BBC is seing the depth/scale of this problem.

  25. chris 17/01/2020 at 7:32 am #

    R4 Today Program this morning 17/12020

    Sarah Smith interviewing two psychiatrists on young people suicide with the psychiatrists firmly placing the blame on internet sites showing self harm and such like. Not a single mention of psychiatric drug, and other drug suicide causation questioning by BBC.

    • Rosemary Knowles 23/01/2020 at 11:11 am #

      Chris – I missed that 17.1 Today Prog. interview – but it does not surprise me. Although there is much more attention being paid to mental illness and social attitudes changing towards it – I too notice the lack of criticism of psychiatric medication. I think that the emphasis has moved to infotech and biotech domination of humanity – it is indeed scary and if/when it is linked to psychiatric drug use, we humans will become “bots” – or robots and I am only just learning about this through Yuval Harari’s 3 books. “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” is very illuminating and its observations are unfolding around us now.
      My son has survived 3 years+ of going cold-turkey, he is still alive and his brain is functioning better now, he is more positive, is helped by the Buddhists but still does not sleep at night, and he still has to try and build a new life – but he does not use any meds. It’s been a long road … would be nice to enjoy a few relaxed and happy years.

      • chris 27/01/2020 at 4:18 pm #

        Today the BBC are doing full coverage of the concentration camp liberation. This morning on R4 Today they talked about along with info on a drug trial for autism with a Oxford psych researcher. Unfortunately there was no questioning on the real root of the holocaust…. Eugenics (Francis Galton) and that the very basis of the concentration camps was worked out in six psychiatric ‘hospitals’ fitted out with gas chambers. 400,000 humans were slaughtered at the orders – and sometimes hands – of psychiatrists. Hitler only facilitated it, he didn’t order they be murdered and tried to stop it -that’s saying something – but the murders in the ‘hospitals’ went on after the war. The BBC have ignored these horrific facts.

        The MH Trust where I am just go it a ‘good’ CQC rating. If you look at the NHS comments for one of their ‘hospitals’ the truth is revealed, at least what is allowed to be shown on the NHS. The real truth is off the charts worse than Whorlton Hall.

  26. Andy Alt 21/01/2020 at 11:08 pm #

    Does anyone know the current status of this documentary? Is it still in production?

    There’s a related film that just premiered at an International film festival in Santa Barbara, California USA.

    “Medicating Normal” –

    • Mark 22/02/2021 at 6:34 am #

      I watched that film by invitation over the weekend then listened to the discussion among the film makers following the online screening. They mentioned the name of the film’s distributors and that the recorded discussion will be made available to watch on You Tube at Medicating Normal.

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