Stephen Porges is professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and “Distinguished University Scientist” at Indiana University, where he has created the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium.
Patients are still not being warned how difficult it can be to come off antidepressants, say psychiatrists campaigning for a reduction in the needless use of the drugs.
In Noel Hunter’s recently published Trauma and Madness in Mental Health Services, she asks, “Are we continuing to funnel money into a fundamentally broken system?”
Millions of us take SSRIs, and most can give them up without too much trouble. So why do a minority suffer severe side-effects?
Thousands of patients with mental health issues, including teenagers, are being given electroconvulsive therapy despite links to brain damage.
From BBC News. A 15-year-old girl who wanted to be a doctor took her own life after being given Prozac to help with her anorexia.
From BBC News. The mother of a severely disabled man who is a patient at Muckamore Abbey Hospital described a seclusion room her son was placed in as "a dark dungeon".
Manchester University is currently recruiting people to take part in a research study looking at what support people with experience of psychosis want when stopping antipsychotic medication.
The field of mental health has generated contested ideas and beliefs as well as polarisation, bitterness, and intransigence. That is why the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the British Psychological Society have come together to affirm a common set of ideals and principles for how we, as professionals, discuss these topics.
Mental health organisations challenge the language of illness and disorder