A timeline of missed opportunities

This film presents a timeline from 2002 to 2019 in relation to England’s National Suicide Prevention Strategy. The film presents missed opportunities, in particular the potential role of prescribed medications … Continue reading A timeline of missed opportunities

My retirement

I have been considering, for some time now, whether I should continue doing what I do in terms of what some refer to as ‘activism’. My interest is in ethics, … Continue reading My retirement

Ten years of communication with Professor Appleby

Millie Kieve: “I have been communicating with Professor Appleby for 10 years, to try to have the well recorded risk of suicidal feelings due to prescribed drugs or withdrawal effects, … Continue reading Ten years of communication with Professor Appleby

SSRI ‘discontinuation syndrome’ or withdrawal

This Analysis by Massabki and Abi-Jaoude has been published in the British Journal of Psychiatry. It has been made open-access.

A conversation from 2014 on the duration of antidepressant treatment

This correspondence with Professor Ian Reid is from 2014. This is the first time that I have shared it in the public domain. In my opinion, narrative is no less … Continue reading A conversation from 2014 on the duration of antidepressant treatment

A published and an unpublished review of ‘Bad Pharma’

Professor Ian Reid, who died tragically early at the age of 53 on 15 June 2014, played a leading role in British, especially Scottish academic psychiatry for over two decades. … Continue reading A published and an unpublished review of ‘Bad Pharma’

A forensic view

I was interested to read this view by Dr Mark Swinton, MD, MRCPsych, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist [5 January 2020]: “People who describe psychiatry on Twitter seem to be describing an … Continue reading A forensic view

“the result of chemical imbalances in the brain”

Recently there has been wide ranging discussion on the so-called ‘chemical imbalance’ theory and its place in history when it comes to understanding the prescribing of antidepressants. As an NHS … Continue reading “the result of chemical imbalances in the brain”

“The chemical imbalance idea was never actually held by psychiatry”

29 December 2019: Jesse Luke, a writer, researcher and cancer patient, started a social media thread with the following statement: “The ‘chemical balance’ idea was never actually held by psychiatry. … Continue reading “The chemical imbalance idea was never actually held by psychiatry”

A Twitter thread

In this Twitter thread Professor Allen Frances shares “Good News”.    

“Good news”

Professor Allen Frances, the author of ‘Saving Normal’ recently shared a ‘Systematic Umbrella Review‘ on antidepressants and adverse outcomes. In doing so, Professor Frances described this as: “Good news: Antidepressants … Continue reading “Good news”

Parma Violets

If you have read some of my writings, you may have come across me sharing one of my earliest memories: it was from a Silvercross pram that my mum used … Continue reading Parma Violets