In this episode, we chat with Professor John Read from the University of East London about the overuse of psychiatric medications and the alarming growth in the prescribing of antidepressants, benzodiazepines and other psychoactive medications. Professor Read worked for nearly 20 years as a Clinical Psychologist and manager of mental health services in the UK and the USA, before joining the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in 1994, where he worked until 2013. He has served
This week, we talk to Claire who shares her powerful story of being prescribed antidepressants at the age of 16 and her experiences of trying to withdraw. She describes how she tapered gradually over 2 years but went on to experience SSRI discontinuation syndrome.  In this episode we discuss: How Claire was prescribed an antidepressant at a very early age. How she was told lies about a chemical imbalance to justify treatment and that
This week, we talk to Giovanna from Australia. Giovanna was prescribed an antidepressant aged 17 and tried many times to withdraw over the next 23 years. She shares her experiences with us including the advice and support that she received and her hopes for the future.  In this episode we discuss: How Giovanna trusted her doctors when she was told she had a chemical imbalance and she needed her antidepressant like a diabetic needs
This week, we talk to Professor Peter Gøtzsche who is Director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Denmark. Professor Gøtzsche graduated as a master of science in biology and chemistry in 1974 and as a physician in 1984. He is a specialist in internal medicine; worked with clinical trials and regulatory affairs in the drug industry and at hospitals in Copenhagen. He co-founded The Cochrane Collaboration and established The Nordic Cochrane Centre in 1993. In
This week, we interview Daryl who was only 9 years old when he was taken into mental health services and medicated. He talks about being made to take both antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs and he describes the lies told to him to justify treatment. Daryl also talks very bravely about PSSD, Post SSRI Sexual Dysfunction. In this episode we discuss: How Daryl was assessed and medicated at 9 years old after difficulties at school. How
This week, we interview Dr. Terry Lynch who is a GP, psychotherapist, author and mental health educator. Ten years into his career as a GP, he became very concerned about the medical approach to emotional and mental suffering and was not prepared to remain silent. In 2001 he released the book Beyond Prozac: Healing Mental Distress, a best-seller in Ireland in 2001 and shortlisted for the MIND (UK) 2002 Book of the Year Award. Terry
This week, we interview Dr. David Healy, internationally respected psychiatrist, psychopharmacologist scientist and author. A professor of Psychiatry in Wales, David studied medicine in Dublin, and at Cambridge University. He is a former Secretary of the British Association for Psychopharmacology and has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and 20 books, including The Antidepressant Era and The Creation of Psychopharmacology. David’s latest book, Pharmageddon, documents the riveting and terrifying story of how pharmaceutical companies have
This week on Let’s Talk Withdrawal, we interview Dede Moore who shares her own powerful story of antidepressant treatment and withdrawal. Dede turned her experiences into a force for good and now uses the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to assist those in withdrawal from antidepressants or benzodiazepines. Dede tells us about EFT, how it helps in withdrawal and even gives a sample EFT session that you can join in with to experience how it works.
This week, we have an interview with Christopher Jump. Christopher describes his transformational journey starting with a very difficult childhood which led him to be treated for many years with various psychiatric medications. After successfully withdrawing, he now works a Program Manager for Heart & Soul inc in California, an organisation which offers a variety of mental health recovery-oriented and wellness support opportunities for people in need of mental health support. In this episode we
Kevin P. Miller is an international award winning Writer, Producer and Director whose films have won him numerous international Film and Television awards. Two-time Academy Award winner Paul Haggis called Miller’s documentary Generation Rx “a powerful and often chilling eye-opener.” His film ‘Letters from Generation Rx,’ narrated by Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton, was released in September 2015.       In this episode we discuss: How Kevin came to make his powerful films that

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  1. That was SO good. Thank you. One of best podcast’s I have heard. To the point and no fluffing around crapping on. Yes we are conditioned from childhood that our Family Dr will “fix” us, if we have ANY health problem, we are always told “GO SEE YOUR DR” – they are not trained enough to deal appropriately with depression or mental health problems, like anxiety etc. I was prescribed at least 10 !! different AD’s over the years, and ALL did not work because of the bad side effects they gave me. I could not stay on ANY of them. And yet there was always a new one to try . I totally agree, and have always thought this, that that line abt ” you have a chemical imbalance” is a load of BS ( excuse the expression) It IS abt long term unaddressed or verbalised emotional STRESS, for me, related to childhood trauma. Fam Dr will not talk to you about this aspect of your life. I needed to have access to therapy and tools to deal with that, but if you do not have a lot of money, you cannot pay to get proper therapy, or for an ongoing period of time. A counselling session in my country can $190 per hour !! So pills it is. PLUS u have kids to raise and a job you HAVE to be able to do because you are paying off a mortgage, so pills it is. Except they don’t work. I am withdrawing off BENZO’s as we speak after 10 years – TOUGH going – my GP is supportive but knows little of the reality of withdrawing. Psychiatrist was even worse abt wdl knowledge. Never want to go back to her ever again. I do not want to Dr bash – My Fam Dr is very good at what she is trained to do – they are trained to find a disease you may have and save your life if needed. Some save your life with surgery, or in ICU after a catastrophic event, and you love them for that, but chronic illness and mental health and knowledge abt pharmaceuticals – not so much. And I was also trained in the medical system – I was just another monkey – u just do what they train u to do – dish out pills that u have extremely little knowledge about. Sorry for rambling. Good to hear some common sense.

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