More than 80 million prescriptions for psychiatric drugs are written in the UK every year. Not only are these drugs often entirely unnecessary and ineffective, but they can also turn patients into addicts, cause crippling side-effects - and kill.
For instance, antipsychotics, commonly given to dementia patients to keep them quiet, raise the risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Psychiatric drugs also make falls more likely, and breaking a hip can shorten life significantly, while some antidepressants are linked to a potentially deadly irregular heartbeat.
As an investigator for the independent Cochrane Collaboration - an international body that assesses medical research - my role is to look forensically at the evidence for treatments."
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fascinating article -- great find! thanks, Eddie!
i am only too aware of this problem. what a great read!!!!
Thank you both for your comments.
Just be aware that a lot of the anti-drug propaganda comes from the $cientologists.
Somewhere between their propaganda and the drug companies' biased "science" AKA marketing, the truth lies.
I suspect just like statins there is a proportion of patients who see major benefits, but they are marketed to many others as well.
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