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Today on BBC radio 2 primetime SSRI withdrawal discussed.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0003d1m

 

Apologies my head very foggy today

 

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BBC.co.uk

 

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Jeremy Vine Show

 

Date 18/3/2019

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DeterminedAnna

Hi Sassanach,

 

Thanks for posting this  – I'm in the UK, so have a BBC TV licence and can listen. The discussion starts from about 1:10.

 

It's good that it's being discussed in mainstream media – I doubt it would have been 10, or 15 years ago. But, I still thought It peddled the same old lines, and didn't really offer to listeners anywhere to go and get more information. In the UK, Mind charity's advice seems to be the best to me, because it talks about 10% reduction and is a robust and credible source of information.

I didn't rate the doctor's comments that antidepressants keep depression at bay – for me, they numb feelings which isn't a better option (which was mentioned by Sarah Vine). Numbing or masking a problem isn't really fixing a problem.

 

The doctor also hinted that if symptoms of depression appear while withdrawing, then that's the original depression returning. I disagree strongly with that. Likewise I disagree with the comments by Sarah Vine about 'chemical imbalance' – my own belief is that antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs CAUSE chemical imbalances.

It wasn't a long slot, so to be fair to the show, it's difficult to do the subject justice. And I'm biased of course, with a lot of cynicism towards officialdom and how it currently deals with antidepressant withdrawal.

 

I was pleased to hear the doctor say antidepressants are fast becoming a last resort option, and that CBT and exercise / lifestyle changes are more often the first course of action. So I hope in another 10 or 15 years time there will be more transparent and realistic antidepressant withdrawal coverage in the media, and coverage that offers more solid facts, with more recognition and admittance by the medical community.

 

Thanks for sharing this.

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Sassenach

Hi Anna

 

I pretty much agree with you, but at least she publicly stated that the medical profession knows very little about withdrawal from these drugs.

I think, that at last means we can actively challenge GPs whose first response is " you have recurring depression " which is what I am currently getting from my doctor.

I listen to Jeremy Vine regularly and Sarah Jarvis is a regular guest and usually a good contributor but I suspect she had to choose her words carefully because the establishment view will not change overnight.

 

I am sorry to read that someone as young as you has had such a battle.

I was lucky to be healthy and fit in my younger life.

I wish you well and keep fighting

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DeterminedAnna
Posted (edited)

Thank you Sassenach for your kind wishes.

 

And thanks too for the response and yes, you are right – at least she publicly acknowledged medical establishment's ignorance about antidepressant withdrawal.

 

Sending a virtual hug your way. Thank you again.

Edited by DeterminedAnna
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