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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Peter Gøtzsche responds to criticism from Nutt et al in The Lancet

Professor Peter Gøtzsche has today published an article in The Lancet entitled: ‘Why I think antidepressants cause more harm than good’. It was written in response to an earlier piece by Professor David Nutt, Professor Guy Goodwin and others under the heading: ‘Attacks on antidepressants: signs of deep-seated stigma?’ Gøtzsche’s article can be read here: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(14)70280-9/fulltext?_eventId=login […]

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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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Peter Gøtzsche responds to BMJ article challenging CEP’s overprescribing figures

Dr Margaret McCartney has today published an article in the BMJ entitled ‘Overprescribing antidepressants: where’s the evidence?’ which casts doubt on the validity of figures used by CEP to highlight the growth of prescribing of antidepressants. “CEP said that antidepressant use had increased by 92% in England since 20035; however, it cited the Health and […]

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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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