Rapid withdrawal and misprescribing of a benzodiazepine leads to £1.35m settlement for Luke Montagu, CEP co-founder

The UK Times Magazine today publishes a long article describing CEP founder Luke Montagu’s terrible experience with antidepressants and sleeping pills: When he was first prescribed these drugs at 19, Montagu was not depressed and had never been diagnosed with depression. He was a student at New York University, and had recently undergone a general […]

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CEP appointed as Secretariat for All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence

The Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry has been appointed as the Secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence (APPG for PDD). The APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence (PDD) will address the growing problem of dependency on prescribed medication. Increasing numbers of prescriptions for addictive, psychoactive drugs are being given to both adults […]

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London 18 Sep: “More Harm than Good: Confronting the Psychiatric Medication Epidemic”

The Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry invites you to join global leaders in the critical psychiatry movement for a one-day conference which will address an urgent public health issue: the iatrogenic harm caused by the over-prescription of psychiatric medications. There is clear evidence that these drugs cause more harm than good over the long term, and […]

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The Maudsley Debate: a cause for hope

Dr James Davies writes: For the last 30 years those of us critical of the overprescribing and harms of psychiatric medications have been on the losing side, in the face of a powerful industry-backed medical model that has crowded out alternative voices and visions. The real importance of Wednesday’s Maudsley Debate is that it symbolised […]

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Broad press coverage for today’s Maudsley Debate and BMJ article on psychiatric drug harm

Several newspapers have included coverage of today’s Maudsley Debate and BMJ article which consider whether the long-term use of psychiatric drugs is causing more harm than good. The articles include: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/may/12/psychiatric-drugs-more-harm-than-good-expert http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/nhs/11600868/Throw-away-the-antidepressants-urges-leading-scientist.html http://www.independent.ie/life/health-wellbeing/antidepressants-and-drugs-for-dementia-and-adhd-are-harmful-leading-professor-warns-31218279.html Professor Peter Gøtzsche is also mentioned in the lead article on the front page of The Daily Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11601032/NHS-tests-and-drugs-do-more-harm-than-good.html

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The third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer? Experts debate the harmful effects of psychiatric medications

Following its launch last year and the subsequent criticism of its position by prominent psychiatrists in the The Times and The Lancet Psychiatry, the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry (CEP) responded by issuing a challenge to its critics to engage in an open, public debate on psychiatric drug harm. Taking up this challenge, the Institute of Psychiatry at Kings College London […]

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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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