Psychology Today: Dr James Davies describes the harmfulness of psychiatry

CEP co-founder Dr James Davies was interviewed by Dr Eric Maisel in Psychology Today about the harmfulness of psychiatry:

“If [people] really knew the facts, they would think again, or at the very least, make more informed choices… diagnostic manuals resting on no solid empirical foundations; the safety and efficacy of drugs being grossly overstated; unrestrained medicalization driving up rates of stigma and unnecessary prescribing; clinical outcomes getting worse not better; the existence of widespread corrupting ties between the pharmaceutical industry and psychiatry; negative drug data being systematically buried or manipulated, and the biological model of suffering still sitting unsubstantiated.

Supported by these and other facts I argue that much biomedical psychiatry has become a liability, better serving its proponents than the people it purports to help.”

The full interview can be read here:

9 Responses to Psychology Today: Dr James Davies describes the harmfulness of psychiatry

  1. Sonia 16/04/2016 at 2:32 pm #

    My two sons are both in their forties 1 had Hodgkin’s disease, the other lost his three yr old son all in three months. Both have lost their partners, children and lifestyle due to various combinations of benzodiazepines then abrupt withdrawal. when in withdrawal they were both misdiagnosed with different psychotic labels. Both were put on antipsychotics. They have been sectioned several times each, then a CTO on one. A depot injection drug made one suicidal I had to call the emergency services. I called the drug company who stated it should not be given, it was yellow carded. I have independent reports from GMC registered psychiatrists which NHS psychs refused to read. Is this good practice? various combinations of these drugs have been changed, withdrawn for 20 years or more and is ongoing. I can get no help anywhere. In haste Can someone please help?

    • Clive Sherlock 17/05/2016 at 3:25 pm #

      You could look at the web site and contact me. I am always willing to discuss, advise and help wherever I can.

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      • Sonia 18/05/2016 at 3:23 pm #

        Hello Clive,

        I am just about to send two combined formal letters of complaint to the hospital partnership. I was wondering if you would be able to have a look first and maybe comment on them. We are really in a mess here, apart from my two sons that are ill: a young mother ( a nurse practitioner) we fostered when 12yrs old has been diagnosed with ocular melanoma. Treatment has caused problems and we have just had a fight to get a drug prescribed. Then there is my granddaughter who has been diagnosed with CFS school won’t give any allowances she lives with her dad who is one of my sons now with a new label of ‘schizophrenia? ‘

        Many thanks


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  2. Sonia 16/04/2016 at 2:51 pm #

    I have two sons both were put on various combinations and doses of benzodiazipines for over 20 yrs. when in withdrawal they were misdiagnosed with differentt pschotic illnesses and put on combinations of Benzodizipines and antipsychotics.One son had Hodgkin’s disease, the other was a microbiologist, there was a fume cabinet leak, he was taken unconscious to hospital. Both have had abrupt withdrawals from Benzos, then antipsychotics forced on them using a CTO. One depot injection made one suicidal, I had to call the emergency services. I have independent psychiatric reports the psychiatrists refuse to read! Is this good practice? Both have lost their partner, children an lifestyle. I am ignored unless I agree with them which I will never do. There is much more to tell but I have written in haste so apologise. Can someone us help please, desperate

  3. Greg White 16/04/2016 at 3:20 pm #

    It was Einstein who reminded us that ‘no problem can be solved by the level of consciousness that created it’. Psychiatry is a product of the philosophy and practice of conventional medicine, which fundamentally places pathology, the doctor and his expediently pushed, profit driven synthetic medicine at the centre of deliberations and systematically relegates the ‘patient’, his autonomy and his immune system as effectively non participants.
    Most all the apples in the barrel are rotten at the core. We can thank psychiatry for serving as an early wake up call..

  4. Clive Sherlock 16/04/2016 at 9:23 pm #

    James Davies’ books are shocking to read, mainly because they tell the truth. I have personal experience of much of what he and other authors have written about, not as a patient but as a psychiatrist. It is clear for anyone working in mental health to see that the treatments do not work and often make patients worse: institutionalising them, labelling them for life (which makes them victims of prejudice and stigmatisation by the medical profession and others), undermining their self-confidence and ability to get better, showing disrespect that robs them of dignity as human beings, not to mention serious, sometimes lethal, side-effects of drugs, of addiction and unbearable effects of withdrawal, and the side-effects of psychological approaches. In my experience, all Dr Davies writes about psychiatry is true.
    Confronted with such a state of what I had believed would be a medical discipline I searched for a better understanding of the nature, cause and treatment of so-called mental illnesses. The result was Adaptation Practice, a radically different approach, that is the antithesis of the psychiatric and psychological approaches. Not allowed to practise this as an NHS doctor I left the hospital and University Department in Oxford and reluctantly resigned from the NHS altogether. Morally, I could no longer support or condone a system I regarded as harmful and corrupt.
    In his book, Cracked, Davies provides irresistible, irrefutable evidence that should make all professionals question what they are doing, what their beliefs and biases are and where they come from, what their motives are and how hard they have been trying to ignore what stares them in the face everyday. In my experience most of their patients already question the validity of what is being done to them. But, sadly in the case of mental health workers, the white coat effect still holds sway – even though no one wears them anymore.
    I started Adaptation Practice forty years ago and have continued with it ever since. So far more than six thousand people have been helped without any of the above problems. I hope many more people will take heed of what they read in Cracked and that there will be a sea change in research and attitudes towards mental illness.

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