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Latest prescription data shows consumption of psychiatric drugs continues to soar

The latest prescription figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show that the UK is in the midst of a psychiatric drug epidemic.  Over 57m prescriptions for antidepressants were issued in England in 2014, enough for one for every man, woman and child.  This represents a 7.5% increase since 2013, and over 500% […]

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Maudsley Debate: long-term use of psychiatric drugs is causing more harm than good?

Following its launch last year and the subsequent criticism of its position by prominent psychiatrists in the The Times and The Lancet Psychiatry, CEP responded by issuing a challenge to its critics to engage in an open, public debate on psychiatric drug harm. CEP is therefore pleased to announce that Kings College London has agreed to host a […]

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VIDEO: ‘Psychiatric drugs: more dangerous than you ever imagined’ by Dr Peter Breggin

Dr Peter Breggin, prominent critic of biological psychiatry and psychiatric medication, has published a new short video summarising the dangerous negative effects of different classes of psychiatric drugs.

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Peter Gøtzsche’s latest book ‘Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma has Corrupted Healthcare’ wins first prize in BMA book awards 2014

Professor Peter Gøtzsche has won first prize in the 2014 BMA book awards in the Basis of Medicine Category with his most recent book, ‘Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare’, published by Radcliffe Publishing.  Peter is Director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre and a member of CEP. The BMA reviewer commented as […]

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Full text of CEP members’ letter to The Lancet Psychiatry in response to article by Nutt et al

David Nutt and colleagues1 represent a brand of psychiatry that wishes to keep its eyes firmly shut when evidence of harms and lack of effectiveness of favoured biological treatments are found. It is therefore unsurprising they take issue with the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry for publicising evidence that rarely gets discussed; evidence that would enable people […]

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CEP members respond to David Nutt and colleagues in letter to The Lancet Psychiatry

The Lancet Psychiatry today published a letter from members of the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry.  The letter is a response to a previous article in The Lancet Psychiatry entitled “Attacks on antidepressants: signs of deep-seated stigma?” which was contributed by Professor David Nutt, Professor Guy Goodwin and others. CEP’s letter can be seen here (no […]

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James Davies debates Simon Wessely today on BBC Radio 4 PM news programme

The BBC’s flagship afternoon news programme ‘PM’ on Radio 4 today includes a debate between Dr James Davies and Professor Sir Simon Wessely, the new President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, regarding oversubscribing of antidepressants and the need for greater transparency within UK psychiatry. The segment starts at 39 mins 20 secs at the […]

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‘Doctors are too quick to give names to conditions and prescribe medication’ says The Times

In a major editorial, The Times newspaper has issued a strongly-worded critique of the medicalisation of normality: ‘The current fashion to label and try to treat aspects of human behaviour is not only unsustainably expensive, it may also prove injurious to the health of society as a whole… Individuals should not be subject to… a […]

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Parents, teachers and pressure groups – not doctors – to blame for huge rise in antidepressant and stimulant prescriptions, claims new president of Royal College of Psychiatrists

In an interview with The Times, the incoming president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Sir Simon Wessely, has launched a defence of psychiatry, claiming that the rise in antidepressant and stimulant prescriptions for children has been caused by pushy middle-class parents, teachers and pressure groups. “Medicalisation is not often done by doctors,” he claims. […]

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Sunday Telegraph article on CEP: ‘Lives left in ruin by rising tide of depression drugs’

Julia Llewellyn Smith has written a feature in today’s Sunday Telegraph covering the launch of CEP alongside stories of psychiatric harm. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/features/10789916/Lives-left-in-ruin-by-rising-tide-of-depression-drugs.html

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