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New NHS research study - putting people on benzos long term


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This is the PDF with all of the details of this research study:


Benzodiazepines for treatment resistant panic disorder


This study will place people on long-term benzo treatment.  In order to qualify to participate in this study, you must meet these requirements:


"Several definitions of treatment resistance exist including patients who have not responded adequately to at least three evidence-based treatments recommended by NICE, such as two courses of antidepressants and a course of CBT."


So it seems the NHS is treating antidepressant withdrawal with benzos. Not only is this a crime against the people who sign up for the study, it's sending a message to doctors to keep prescribing benzos. 


We are going in circles. . . . 


I'm not feeling up to taking this on, but for anyone who is, the PDF listed some contact information. For anyone who wishes to contact them with why this is a really bad idea, here it is: 


Should you have any queries, please contact htacet@nihr.ac.uk or telephone 02380 595544



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Thanks for posting Shep.


Under timelines it says

Applicants should consider however that there is a pressing need within the NHS for this research, and so...


No doubt this research is pressing because the horror of ssri damage to people is now coming to light and the NHS is being flooded with the iatrogenically harmed and are desperate for it to go away....


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Clinical equipoise exists over the longer term use of benzodiazepines for treatment resistant panic disorder. Benzodiazepines have high level evidence for efficacy for panic disorder but NICE states that they should not be used due to concerns over dependence and other harmful effects - clinicians are discouraged from prescribing their long-term use. In contrast, a recent report from the Royal College of Psychiatrists Psychopharmacology Special Interest Group and the British Association of Psychopharmacology [oh no here we go....wait for it] highlights clinical circumstances, including chronic treatment-resistant anxiety disorders, in which longer-term prescription of benzodiazepines might be more reasonable than the alternatives. The report suggests that this should not necessarily be regarded as a deviation from good clinical practice. In addition, the British National Formulary states that in panic disorders resistant to antidepressant therapy, an unlicensed benzodiazepine (lorazepam or clonazepam) may be used. Clonazepam has been the subject of recent non-UK research in panic disorder and evidence suggests it may have a sustained therapeutic effect. High quality UK data is needed to definitively examine the effectiveness of a long-term course of a long-acting benzodiazepine for treatment resistant panic disorder. Several recent publications have called for a reappraisal of the role of benzodiazepines for conditions such as treatment resistant panic disorder and the proposed trial could contribute to future updates by NICE.


Pharma must be behind this......

This is a big disappointment so much for July 11th World benzo awareness day when we remember all those harmed by these drugs.

Thought for the day: Lets stand up, and let’s speak out , together. G Olsen

We have until the 14th. Feb 2018. 

URGENT REQUEST Please consider submitting  for the petition on Prescribed Drug Dependence and Withdrawal currently awaiting its third consideration at the Scottish Parliament. You don't even have to be from Scotland. By clicking on the link below you can read some of the previous submissions but be warned many of them are quite harrowing.


Please tell them about your problems taking and withdrawing from antidepressants and/or benzos.

Send by email to petitions@parliament.scot and quote PE01651 in the subject heading. Keep to a maximum of 3 sides of A4 and you can't name for legal reasons any doctor you have consulted. Tell them if you wish to remain anonymous. We need the numbers to help convince the committee members we are not isolated cases. You have until mid February. Thank you

Recovering paxil addict

None of the published articles shed light on what ssri's ... actually do or what their hazards might be. Healy 2013. 

This is so true, with anything you get on these drugs, dependance, tapering, withdrawal symptoms, side effects, just silent. And if there is something mentioned then their is a serious disconnect between what is said and reality! 

  "Every time I read of a multi-person shooting, I always presume that person had just started a SSRI or had just stopped."  Dr Mosher. Me too! 

Over two decades later, the number of antidepressant prescriptions a year is slightly more than the number of people in the Western world. Most (nine out of 10) prescriptions are for patients who faced difficulties on stopping, equating to about a tenth of the population. These patients are often advised to continue treatment because their difficulties indicate they need ongoing treatment, just as a person with diabetes needs insulin. Healy 2015

I believe the ssri era will soon stand as one of the most shameful in the history of medicine. Healy 2015

Let people help people ... in a natural, kind, non-addictive (and non-big pharma) way. J Broadley 2017



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No doubt this research is pressing because the horror of ssri damage to people is now coming to light and the NHS is being flooded with the iatrogenically harmed and are desperate for it to go away....





Thanks for your insightful comment, NZ.


Yes, you are quite right about the damage coming to light. The timeframe for this is interesting, as the United Nations is just now criticizing the use of drugs to treat depression:


United Nations Statement Criticizes Medicalization of Depression on World Health Day


The full statement is here:




And in this statement:


For example, there exists compelling evidence that higher prevalence of depression is strongly linked to early childhood adversities, including toxic stress and sexual, physical and emotional child abuse, as well as to inequalities and violence, including gender based inequalities and gender based violence, and many other adverse conditions which people, especially those in vulnerable situations such as poverty or social exclusion, face when their basic needs are not met and their rights are not protected.


Integrating this evidence and securing human rights entitlements requires a new approach that balances population-based interventions with individual care and support.



But I guess instead of ending child abuse, domestic abuse, and ending poverty, the NHS would rather we all take benzos. That's easier than admitting the enormous harm that has been caused. Yes, I also do believe Big Pharma is behind this, probably in many different ways. 


Quite extraordinary and bizarre times we live in.  



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