Four research papers … prescribing antidepressants.

Published on Aug 26, 2021in British Journal of General Practice5.386
· DOI :10.3399/BJGP21X716837
Marion Brown10
Estimated H-index: 10
In 1996, when I was prescribed an antidepressant, there was already published research that showed selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), commonly known as antidepressants, caused withdrawal effects.1 However, at that time, the Defeat Depression campaign had successfully created a narrative adopted by most prescribers, in which anxiety or depression were described to the patient as caused by a ‘chemical imbalance in the brain’ and that SSRIs were safe, effective, and non-addictive. Why...
Chronic pain is debilitating and depressing. ‘Chronic primary pain has no clear underlying condition or the pain (or its impact) appears to be out of proportion to any observable injury or disease. ’1 In July 2014, Sir Simon Wessely stated in an article in The Times entitled, Pain may be in the mind , that: ‘Many of them [chronic pain patients] have mental health disorders — anxiety, depression, etc’, and that, ‘patients felt dismissed and denigrated when they were referred to mental health serv...
I write as an individual severely impacted by withdrawal after tapering an antidepressant (AD) too quickly in 2017. The resulting symptoms triggered the most frightening, gruelling, debilitating, and lonely experience of my life. One of the major problems I encountered was the repeated denial of this issue by GPs and psychiatrists. It left me in a perilous state with an overwhelming feeling of not being able to find the right help or support. AD withdrawal has a long history in scientific litera...
What a grim time GPs in England are having. I have never seen things so bad. As Medical Director of NHS Practitioner Health ( I am aware of how my profession is suffering under the strain of their work.1 But more, rather than being lauded GPs have been reprimanded, unjustly, for not being ‘open’. This hurts. General practice is open. Our doors are so widely open that you can drive a coach and horses through them. GPs are delivering 1 million more consultati...
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