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Drug consumption in psychiatry is harmful

Translation of two articles published in Danish newspaper Politiken 30 August 2015 Politiken Sunday, 30 August 2015 Front page By Lars Igum Rasmussen Professor: Drug consumption in psychiatry is harmful The consumption of drugs is “insanely high,” warns known professor. It should be substantially reduced since the drugs do more harm than good, he says.…

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Launching a war on psychiatric drugs

Prescription pills are Britain’s third biggest killer: Side-effects of drugs taken for insomnia and anxiety kill thousands. Why do doctors hand them out like Smarties? 80 million prescriptions for psychiatric drugs are written in UK every year  Psychiatric drugs are the third major killer after heart disease and cancer  Professor Gøtzsche reveals the scale of…

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Mammography screening should be stopped, as it is harmful

Keynote lecture that explains why mammography screening doesn’t save lives (16 minutes). Evidence Live conference at the University of Oxford, England, 25 March 2013. How we got involved with mammograpy screening research in 1999 and published: Is screening for breast cancer with mammography justifiable? Lancet 2000;355:129-34 (7 minutes). Evidence Live conference at the University of…

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Why I think antidepressants cause more harm than good

Peter C Gøtzsche, Nordic Cochrane Centre, Dept 7811 Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark, pcg@cochrane.dk I declare no competing interests. This paper was published in Lancet Psychiatry 9 July 2014. Citation: Gøtzsche PC. Why I think antidepressants cause more harm than good. Lancet Psychiatry 2014;1:104-6: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(14)70280-9/fulltext In The Lancet Psychiatry, David Nutt and colleagues1 stated that headlines such…

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Do antidepressants work for severe depression? Meeting in Helsinki 1 Sept 2014

The Finnish Psychological Association held a meeting in Helsinki on 1 Sept 2014 titled “Mental health and medicalization.” I spoke at the meeting and four days later, I sent a letter to another speaker, psychiatrist, professor Erkki Isometsä. Professor Isometsä replied on 7 Sept: “I will respond to it in detail within a few days; I…

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Suicides and homicides caused by antidepressants

Please read Suicides and homicides for background Toran Bradshaw Maria Bradshaw’s son Toran, who was her only child, was prescribed fluoxetine in January 2007 despite having been assessed as being a healthy adolescent having an expected reaction to a stressful life event, which was a break up with his girlfriend. A month after commencing the…

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