Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Overprescribing antidepressants- hear psychiatrist Joanna Moncrieff on BBC radio4

Antidepressants broadcast to hear - information below taken from BBC Woman's Hour web site - Dr Joanna Moncrieff who wrote the book "The Myth of the Chemical Cure" defends the fact that antidepressants are psychoactive drugs that may affect the way we think but do not solve our problems. No mention on this broadcast of the problems of withdrawal from the SSRI antidepressants. For Professor David Healy's SSRI withdrawal protocol email APRIL and we will send you a copy.

"A third of women have taken antidepressants at some point in their lives, according to a survey carried out by the women’s group Platform 51. And nearly half of women currently on antidepressants have been on them for five years or more. Are GPs too quick to prescribe tablets for depression? Once on them, how easy is it for women to stop? How regularly do patients need to be monitored by their GPs? And what are the alternatives to drugs? Jenni will be joined by Dr Joanna Moncrieff, a Psychiatrist at University College, London and Dr Clare Gerada, Chair of the Royal College of GPs."

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