The depression epidemic and why the medical profession is failing patients

In a groundbreaking book, British psychiatrist Edward Bullmore claims that what doctors are taught about depression is wrong.

In 1989, a trainee physician called Edward Bullmore treated a woman in her late fifties. Mrs P had swollen joints in her hands and knees. She had an autoimmune disease. Her own immune system had attacked her, flooding her joints with inflammation. This, in turn, had eaten away at Mrs P’s collagen and bone, noted Bullmore, who was 29, and whose real ambition was to become a psychiatrist.

He asked Mrs P some routine questions about her physical symptoms, and made a correct diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis…..

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‘Dr Opiate’ GP oversaw a ‘practice of shortening lives’ 

‘Dr Opiate’ GP oversaw a ‘practice of shortening lives’ that killed up to 650 patients given ‘dangerous doses’ of painkillers over an 11-year period – as inquiry urges police to investigate.

Up to 650 patients who died at Gosport War Memorial were given unnecessary amounts of opioid painkillers, a damning inquiry has found.

Opiates painkillers
Opiates painkillers

An ‘institutionalised regime’ of prescribing and administering opioids without medical justification shortened the lives of at least 450 people between 1989 and 2000, the Gosport Independent Panel found today following four-year investigation.

An additional 200 patients were probably affected when taking into account missing records, the panel said.

At the centre of the storm is Dr Jane Barton, who earned the nickname ‘Dr Opiate’ after overseeing the dishing out of powerful painkillers to elderly patients when she worked at the hospital in Hampshire. She has since retired.

Hospital management, Hampshire Police, the Crown Prosecution Service, the General Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council have also been criticised in the report for failing to protect patients.

The panel found there was ‘a disregard for human life’ at the hospital and ‘a culture of shortening the lives of a large number of patients’.

The inquiry said there was ‘an institutionalised regime of prescribing and administering dangerous doses’ which were not needed.

Relatives who complained ‘were consistently let down by those in authority – both individuals and institutions,’ the report states.

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The Dangers of Abruptly Stopping Antidepressants

Are you feeling better and think you’re ready to stop taking your antidepressant? It may seem like you no longer need the medication, but in most cases, it’s contributing to your improved feelings. That’s why it’s important you stick with the treatment prescribed by your doctor. If you think you’re ready to stop taking an antidepressant, ask your doctor to create a plan of action that will help your body slowly adjust to being without the medicine.

Antidepressants help balance brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. These brain chemicals affect your mood and emotions. An imbalance can cause major depression or anxiety disorders. Antidepressants correct this imfbalance, but it can take four weeks or more to get the maximum effect.

you feel like stopping your medicine because of bothersome side effects, remember that finding the right treatment may take trial and error and some tweaking. Don’t stop taking the medicine until you have spoken with your doctor. It might seem like you don’t need the medication anymore, but if you stop taking it, the medicine will leave your body and your symptoms might return. Quitting without consulting your doctor can be life-threatening. Suicide is a serious concern. It can also trigger withdrawal symptoms and relapse of your depression. If you relapse and start taking an antidepressant again, it can take weeks for the drug to rebalance your mood.

Side effects of quitting medication

Quitting “cold turkey” may cause withdrawal symptoms. Suddenly stopping your medicine may also worsen your depression. Here are some of the possible effects of quitting too quickly:

You get sick. Antidepressant discontinuation syndrome, also called antidepressant withdrawal, occurs when a person abruptly stops taking antidepressant medication. Many people who experience antidepressant withdrawal feel like they have the flu or a stomach bug. They may also experience disturbing thoughts or images.

You set back your treatment. Stopping medication can set back your treatment plan. It can increase the time it takes to feel better or it can actually cause your symptoms to worsen.

You contemplate suicide. Not being properly treated may increase your risk of suicidal thoughts. It also increases the risk that you’ll act on those thoughts. The most common health problem linked to suicide is ddepression……

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Antidepressants increase the risk of suicide, violence and homicide at all ages – British Medical Journal

The FDA admitted in 2007 that SSRIs can cause madness at all ages and that the drugs are very dangerous; otherwise daily monitoring wouldn’t be needed: “Families and caregivers of patients should be advised to look for the emergence of such symptoms on a day-to-day basis, since changes may be abrupt” … “All patients being treated with antidepressants for any indication should be monitored appropriately and observed closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, and unusual changes in behavior, especially during the initial few months of a course of drug therapy, or at times of dose changes, either increases or decreases. The following symptoms, anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, aggressiveness, impulsivity, akathisia (psychomotor restlessness), hypomania, and mania, have been reported in adult and pediatric patients being treated with antidepressants” (1).

Such daily monitoring is, however, a fake fix. People cannot be monitored every minute and many have committed SSRI-induced suicide or homicide within a few hours after everyone thought they were perfectly okay.

As the published trial literature related to suicidality and aggression on antidepressants is unreliable, we looked at 64,381 pages of clinical study reports (70 trials) we got from the European Medicines Agency. We showed for the first time that SSRIs in comparison with placebo increase aggression in children and adolescents, odds ratio 2.79 (95% CI 1.62 to 4.81) (2). This is an important finding considering the many school shootings where the killers were on SSRIs.

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A Prescription for Murder

Is it possible that a pill prescribed by your doctor can turn you into a killer?

Over 40 million prescriptions for SSRI anti-depressants were handed out by doctors last year in the UK. Panorama reveals the devastating side effects on a tiny minority that can lead to psychosis, violence, possibly even murder.

With exclusive access to psychiatric reports, court footage and drug company data, reporter Shelley Jofre investigates the mass killings at the 2012 midnight premiere of a Batman movie in Aurora, Colorado. Twenty-four-year-old PhD student James Holmes, who had no record of violence or gun ownership, murdered 12 and injured 70.

Did the SSRI anti-depressant he had been prescribed play a part in the killings?

Panorama has uncovered other cases of murder and extreme violence which could be linked to psychosis developed after the taking of SSRIs – including a father who strangled his 11-year-old son.

Panorama asks if enough is known about this rare side effect, and if doctors are unwittingly prescribing what could be a prescription for murder.

See the video here

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08zjyp1/sign/panorama-a-prescription-for-murder

Don’t believe what you read?

Villains and Heroes: Academic Thuggery

Most people trust that medical and scientific journals are reliable sources of knowledge. In the age of fake news and junk science nothing could be further from the truth. Most medical and scientific journals are owned by large publishing corporations and there is growing evidence that those corporations serve the private interests of their client corporations rather than the medical and scientific community. In other words, the corruption of science and the corruption of the journals are parts of the same phenomena. Science counts for very little when there is big money at stake.

The full story here
https://davidhealy.org/villains-and-heroes-academic-thuggery/

One in three people in a Welsh town ‘are on anti-depressants’

One in three people in a Valleys town are on anti-depressants, it has been claimed.

The statistics relate to Mountain Ash in Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) and were revealed by Cynon Valley Assembly Member Vikki Howells , who said it was a “staggering figure”.

She said she obtained the statistics from stress and mindfulness charity Valleys Steps.

The figure for the town near Aberdare is triple the figure Cwm Taf University Health Board says is the regional average – one in nine for the Cwm Taf area, which covers RCT and Merthyr Tydfil.