More from David Healy

I’ve just been reading David Healy’s new blog and there are a couple of things I think that you really must have a look at.

Firstly, there’s a very personal article about alcohol and SSRIs – here’s a taster:

It’s crazy that patients have to get together on the internet to compare their side effects and discuss their problems because there is nowhere else to go. It has made me look to other people’s experiences for information now regarding drugs as they seem to be more accurate and honest in their findings than companies, regulators or doctors.

I didn’t realize until I came off the medication how bad I was. I feel ashamed and guilty for what I put people through. I have lost my job, had to move home, have a criminal record and lost the respect of family and friends. This could all have been avoided if there had been proper warnings in place and effective communications between different authorities.

I want to tell my story as a warning to anyone who may be craving alcohol on SSRIs. I also want to tell people that sometimes it’s a mistake to leave it to the experts. And finally I want to tell doctors that your patients can often see that the information you are getting is wrong — we don’t blame you for this, we just want you to listen to us.

I have written about alcohol craving in the past and you can read it here.

Secondly, there is a draft paper,  Antidepressants for takers – written by Dr. David Healy, Dr. Jo Lenoury and Dr. Dee Mangin.

Here’s what’s covered:

DRUGS AND CHEMICALS
WHAT STUDIES HAVE BEEN DONE ON THESE DRUGS?
WHAT DATA UNDERPIN THE USE OF THESE DRUGS?
HAS ANYONE ACCESS TO ALL THE DATA?
WHAT PUBLICATIONS ARE THERE ON THE USE OF THESE DRUGS?
HOW GOOD ARE THE STUDIES?
ARE THERE ANY PROBLEMS IF MY DOCTOR KEEPS TO RECOGNIZED GUIDELINES?
DO ANTIDEPRESSANTS WORK?
WHAT DO ANTIDEPRESSANTS DO?
WHAT OVERALL IMPACT WILL ANTIDEPRESSANTS HAVE ON HOW I FUNCTION?
ARE THE EFFECTS OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS DOWN TO PLACEBO?
ACUTE TRIALS & CHRONIC TREATMENT
WHEN SHOULD I TAKE TREATMENT?
ARE THERE ANY PROBLEMS WITH TREATMENT COMBINATIONS?
WHAT WILL GET ME BETTER IF I DON’T TAKE PILLS?
MYTHS ABOUT ANTIDEPRESSANTS
WHAT DO YOU KNOW OF MY PROS & CONS?
WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T TAKE TREATMENT?
DO THE PEOPLE IN THE STUDIES OF THESE DRUGS RESEMBLE ME?
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHICH ANTIDEPRESSANT TO GIVE ME?
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO BE ON TREATMENT?
WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
THE RISKIEST RISKS
HOW LIKELY ARE LISTED SIDE EFFECTS OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS TO HAPPEN?
WHAT UNACKNOWLEDGED RISKS CAN REASONABLY BE SUSPECTED?
PERIODS OF RISK
DO ANTIDEPRESSANTS CAUSE PROBLEMS?
STOPPING?

That’s Antidepressants for takers – if you ask me it sums up Seroxat Secrets in 15 pages!

3 Responses to “More from David Healy”

  1. solo49 Says:

    Frankly, I don’t understand why David Healy seems to feel that so many seemingly superfluous questions need to be asked about the non efficacy/harmfulness of psych drugs when the facts speak for themselves and whilst Peter Breggin, Thomas Szasz, Robert Whitaker, Colin Ross and Marcia Angel have already written so strongly against pharma racketerring and psych corruption. i just wish he could be more direct.

  2. annie Says:

    Prof Healy can’t be more direct because he still prescribes anti-ds and feels they can be of benefit to some. He also realises that anti-ds can cause violence, aggression, suicide in a very small minority.
    At the moment he is sitting on the fence. He has done the Panorama programmes, his new blog is asking for information from us, the wrecked and destroyed. He is biding his time and collecting all the info he can through Rxisk.
    Patience is necessary now because I know that eventually it will all come out, but it may take a few more years.
    He is doing the intelligent thing now, but I sure wish he had started to do it ten years ago.
    Don’t forget this man is the only reason we have for going on with this.
    He is the only expert on ssri and withdrawal and we have to trust him to do what is right by us.
    Wishing all ssri sufferers well and keep going because it will be worth it in the end, I know it.

  3. solo49 Says:

    I’m not a fan/devotee of prof. Healy and haven’t read him
    for some time except for occasional articles/news stories; so
    I’m off the pace with his work and mainly out of touch with his
    writing and practice.

    But what real progress and assurances may be arrived
    at through Rxisk? Greater transparency/fuller disclosure from
    within the pharma industry/more secure apoliticised grounds
    for legal settlements??? And why through the actions of prof.
    Healy in connection with Rxisk, should it be expected on his
    past record that such hoped for progress will pave the way
    towards finally achieving justice for Seroxat victims and bearing
    in mind that commitment rather than ‘sole ‘expertise’ would be
    the more crucial deciding factor?


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