Episode 15 Robert Whitaker talks about the astonishing rise in mental ill health despite the availability of psychiatric drugs

This week we talk to journalist and author Robert Whitaker. For many, Robert needs no introduction as he is well known for his award-winning book, Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America, which was released in 2010. Anatomy of an Epidemic is arguably the definitive account of the realities of psychiatric drugs and completely lays bare the astonishing rise in mental ill health despite the availability of psychiatric drugs.

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BBC Video Shames Those Struggling With Psychiatric Drugs

I feel that we need to decouple legitimate critical views of medical treatment or therapy from the propensity to feel shame and guilt about that treatment. Medical science makes progress precisely by being self-critical and self-analytical, not by accepting blind faith and rejecting all criticism. Most new and novel treatments or therapies have arisen because of dissatisfaction with previous methods of treatment. If we stop questioning ourselves in health and well-being we will not progress and part of that questioning needs to be by people who experience difficulty, not just by those who benefit.

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Episode 16 Megan talks about how she came into contact with psychiatric medications and how she approached her antidepressant withdrawal after two failed attempts

This week, Megan talks about her experience with anxiety and insomnia and how that led to her being prescribed an antidepressant. She also talks about her two failed attempts to withdraw and how that meant she approached her tapering more carefully to ensure that she could minimise the withdrawal effects.

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Episode 17 Doctor Joanna Moncrieff on psychiatric drug mechanisms of action, antidepressant/antipsychotic withdrawal and the RADAR study

This week we interview Doctor Joanna Moncrieff. Dr. Moncrieff is a psychiatrist, academic and author. She has an interest in the history, philosophy and politics of psychiatry, and particularly in the use, misuse and misrepresentation of psychiatric drugs. She is one of the founding members and the co-chairperson the Critical Psychiatry Network.

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Episode 19 Marion Brown talks about psychiatric drugs, Human Givens therapy and medically unexplained symptoms (MUS)

This week we interview Marion Brown. Marion is a Psychotherapist who works with the Human Givens approach to supporting people in emotional or psychological distress. Through her work, Marion has become increasingly concerned about the effects of psychotropic medications on patients and on their ability to engage with therapy.

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Episode 20 Gemma talks about her experiences with antidepressants and benzodiazepines and the difficulties that parents of children with special needs encounter when they seek treatment for emotional or psychological distress

This week we interview Gemma who talks about her experiences with both antidepressants and benzodiazepines and in particular the difficulties that parents of children with special needs encounter when they seek treatment for emotional or psychological distress.

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Episode 21 Doctor Gary Sidley talks about his years of experience within NHS mental health services and alternatives to bio-medical psychiatry as ways of responding to human suffering

This week we interview Dr. Gary Sidley. Dr. Sidley worked within NHS mental health services for 33 years in a variety of nursing, psychological and managerial roles. In the 1980s he was employed as a psychiatric nurse at a large asylum in Manchester, commencing his clinical psychology training in 1987. Subsequently, he worked as a clinical psychologist in community mental health services, inpatient units and GP practices, as well as with Senior Management positions.

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