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Podcast Interview: What's Wrong With Modern Psychiatry?


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Podcast of Dr Raj Persaud's talk with Hugh Middleton about his book, Psychiatry Reconsidered. He's an Associate Professor of the School of Sociology and Social Policy and an NHS Consultant Psychiatrist in the UK who talks about the scientific credibility of pharmacology, why things are going wrong and why modern 'diagnosis' and prolific pharmacology have not been a satisfactory solution either for people in need of support or those who are treating them. 


It's a bit dry but worth a listen. It's a rare psychiatrist who acknowledges not only the problems but also the depth of denial the profession is in. 




(Just in case you find it hard to navigate, you click the bit that says POD next to the title at the top of the page to open the podcast.)




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I have tried a few times to watch the podcast it is not working for me.. could it be a start in the right direction a bit of truth?  We can hope I guess. 

Had a car accident in 85
Codeine was the pain med when I was release from hosp continuous use till 89
Given PROZAC by a specialist to help with nerve pain in my leg 89-90 not sure which year
Was not told a thing about it being a psych med thought it was a pain killer no info about psych side effects I went nuts had hallucinations. As I had a head injury and was diagnosed with a concussion in 85 I was sent to a head injury clinic in 1990 five years after the accident. I don't think they knew I had been on prozac I did not think it a big deal and never did finish the bottle of pills. I had tests of course lots of them. Was put into a pain clinic and given amitriptyline which stopped the withdrawal but had many side effects. But I could sleep something I had not done in a very long time the pain lessened. My mother got cancer in 94 they switched my meds to Zoloft to help deal with this pressure as I was her main care giver she died in 96. I stopped zoloft in 96 had withdrawal was put on paxil went nutty quit it ct put on resperidol quit it ct had withdrawal was put on Effexor... 2years later celexa was added 20mg then increased to 40mg huge personality change went wild. Did too fast taper off Celexa 05 as I felt unwell for a long time prior... quit Effexor 150mg ct 07 found ****** 8 months into withdrawal learned some things was banned from there in 08 have kept learning since. there is really not enough room here to put my history but I have a lot of opinions about a lot of things especially any of the drugs mentioned above.
One thing I would like to add here is this tidbit ALL OPIATES INCREASE SEROTONIN it is not a huge jump to being in chronic pain to being put on an ssri/snri and opiates will affect your antidepressants and your thinking.

As I do not update much I will put my quit date Nov. 17 2007 I quit Effexor cold turkey. 


There is a crack in everything ..That's how the light gets in :)

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hello btdt


when you open the links, you have a page with a title "what's wrong with modern...."

with your cursor you have not to click on it, but you have to click the small " pod))" which is just before the sentence 


it gives


for anxiety 

12 years paxil - cold turkey 1,5 month - switch celexa 1 year taper; total 13 years on brain meds 

67 years old - 9 years  med free


in protracted withdrawal

rigidity standing and walking, dryness gougerot-szoegren, sleep deteriorate,

function as have a lack of nerves, improving have been very little 


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