JamesMoore

Let's Talk Withdrawal, a new weekly podcast on antidepressants

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 Hi there

I'm really excited to announce the launch of a new podcast called Let's Talk Withdrawal. This podcast discusses antidepressants including withdrawal and tapering and we also talk to experts in mental healthcare for their views. The aim of the podcast is to raise awareness of the difficulties that people have when taking antidepressants. There is a hugs amount of positive promotion of antidepressants but very little about the negative side, I want to help change that balance.

The first couple of episodes are now live on iTunes and here's how to listen in...

If you have an iPhone, iPad or PC/Mac with iTunes, this link will take you to the iTunes Store where you can subscribe so each new episode will download automatically...

https://goo.gl/Yz7Zmp

Or you can also listen and download each episode here on any device...

http://jfmoore.libsyn.com/

From this point on, I will be releasing a new episode each Tuesday. If you like the podcast, please leave us a review in iTunes. 

Please feel free to share these links as widely as you can so we can get as many listening as possible. If you like the podcast, please leave us a review in iTunes as it helps to get more people listening.

I also still need people to interview for the podcast so please contact me if you wanted to tell your story on feedback@jfmoore.co.uk. Interviews are audio only via Skype and you can be anonymous of you wanted to.

Thank you

James

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Hi James,

 

I listened to the available ones last night.  Firstly I want to say thank you.  Secondly, fantastic job.

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Hi james ,well done on the podcast .its so exciting to have a platform like this set up to educate the wider public on what happens with these drugs.

From an on going sufferer thank u so much .  

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Hi ChessieCat and powerback, thank you for you feedback and for listening in to the podcast. To get feedback from people who know how tough struggling with antidepressants is, is very important to me. I want the podcast to give real experiences and I want people that have never been near an antidepressant and GPs too to really understand that taking these drugs is not a fix or a solution, in fact for many it's the start of even more difficulties. There just isnt enough awareness and acceptance and I want to try and do something to help change that. You listening in and supporting the podcast makes a huge difference and I'm really grateful.

 

Next episode is due this coming Tuesday and I'd love to know what you think about it.

 

Thank you 

 

James

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Hi ChessieCat and powerback, thank you for you feedback and for listening in to the podcast. To get feedback from people who know how tough struggling with antidepressants is, is very important to me. I want the podcast to give real experiences and I want people that have never been near an antidepressant and GPs too to really understand that taking these drugs is not a fix or a solution, in fact for many it's the start of even more difficulties. There just isnt enough awareness and acceptance and I want to try and do something to help change that. You listening in and supporting the podcast makes a huge difference and I'm really grateful.

 

Next episode is due this coming Tuesday and I'd love to know what you think about it.

 

Thank you 

 

James

 

HI james ,when I started drugs I also did counselling and that was great for understanding my issues ,in my opinion how could a drug come near to doing the same.

I think u need to get in touch with peter breggin [i love he's radio hour ] he would love to hear about your podcast and what your doing .

Thanks again     

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Another great interview, this time with a lady named Giovanna.

 

Giovanna, if you are a member here, thank you for taking part.

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... I want people that have never been near an antidepressant and GPs too to really understand that taking these drugs is not a fix or a solution, in fact for many it's the start of even more difficulties. There just isnt enough awareness and acceptance and I want to try and do something to help change that. You listening in and supporting the podcast makes a huge difference and I'm really grateful.

 

 

Dear James,

WOW. I am so, so excited to listen to this. Thank you so very much for doing this work. I think one of the many challenges in withdrawal is that the struggle is very much invisible to most of the public. Your work is going to help change that! I'm very grateful for your work!! 

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Wow, 1000 downloads in the first week alone! Congrats! The need is great and this is such important work. 

 

Claire's story -- I'm just shaking my head. Being told she would need the meds for life, "just like a diabetic needs insulin."  

 

"And I don't need to be on them for life!" Yayyy! A triumph for sure. 

 

Battling suicidal thoughts -- I just want to hug her! So many hugs to you, Claire, if you're reading this. Hang in there. 

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Hi there ChessieCat, powerback and SkyBlue Thank you so much for your feedback and thank you for listening to the podcast. I have been amazed by the support and also by the willingness of this community to step up and support each other when the going gets tough. I have recorded about 22 interviews so far, some are experts like Dr. David Healy and others are people with different experiences of taking ADs like the members here. I am really enjoying making the podcast for you and I'm so pleased to get well over 1,000 downloads inside the first week. Much more awareness of this is needed and I will keep pushing for that as long as I can.

 

Thanks so much for getting involved with this.

 

Best wishes, James

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Hi James,

 

Listened to the first couple of episodes and really enjoyed them. I commented on the first one on your site, 

 

I usually listen to podcasts from Dr. Peter Breggin (The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour) and Will Hall (Madness Radio) on Podcast Addict. Just noticed Let's Talk was available through them as well. Will be adding it to my list.

 

Thanks so much for this and keep up the good work!

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Hi PatriciaVP

 

Thanks so much for the feedback and for listening in. Everyone has been so supportive with this project, it's great. Funnily enough I interviewed Will Hall yesterday and his interview will be coming up soon. I have also written to Dr. Breggin, so I am keeping my fingers crossed. It's really good to see this kind of discussion being made available to people for free and it really does increase awareness of the issues around antidepressants. The next episode of Let's Talk Withdrawal will be available on Tuesday the 21st of March. Best wishes, James

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hi james ,great to here u have peter coming on ,this man is great .he has recently been on peter breggins radio hour and it warms my heart to hear him speak up for the countless sufferers of medication  

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Thanks powerback, Peter was really generous with his time and he made the interview very easy for me. I'm glad that you are enjoying the podcast so far. Best wishes. James

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Being told she would need the meds for life, "just like a diabetic needs insulin."  

 

I had that mantra uttered to me also.

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Thanks peng, me too, there are so many myths that are used to justify these drugs it's ridiculous.

 

I wondered what people thought of Professor Gøtzsche in episode 4, he certainly didn't pull his punches in the interview!

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This is one fantastic Podcast!!!

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Thanks peng, me too, there are so many myths that are used to justify these drugs it's ridiculous.

 

I wondered what people thought of Professor Gøtzsche in episode 4, he certainly didn't pull his punches in the interview!

 

It was fantastic, I am so pleased god made that man.

 

This is one fantastic Podcast!!!

Ditto'd Totally agree This is Fantastic! thank you

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Thanks megb and fema4psychiatrists I'm so glad that you are finding the podcast interesting.

 

I am really enjoying making it for you, when interviewing Professor Gøtzsche I had to stop myself shouting YES after everything he said

 

Also this coming Friday we have an interview with a PSSD sufferer, it's such a little known about condition and a very difficult one to speak out about.

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lol you had to stop yourself shouting yes haha I know what you mean. Justice, rights, ethics and days in court are not for mental patients. Nobody is used to hearing that. But they should have standards, and ethics. Like everyone else. The standards of ethics is extremely low, ruining real peoples lives over a perceived 'belief' in the name of medicine is tyrannical not healing people and medicine, it's a form of self-interest.

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Hi James, I listened to your podcast that interviewed Dr Peter Gotzsche, which was very interesting indeed. Thank you for providing this information so that anybody can listen if they wish to.

 

After many years on antidepressants I'm now trying the taper method of withdrawal ( something I had never heard of before).

 

Finding the Survivingandipressants website too has given me tremendous encouragement.

 

I had previously tried 4 times to come off Prozac but found that I was even more anxious and depressed than I was when I began the tablets in the first place. Then being told that was why I needed to take this medication. Now with the information I find here, I can feel confident in having another go at reducing Prozac.

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Thanks so much all of you for your feedback, I really appreciate you taking the time to listen. In Episode 5 this week, I interview Daryl who was only 9 years old when he was taken into mental health services and medicated. He talks about being made to take both antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs and he describes the lies told to him to justify treatment. Daryl also talks very bravely about PSSD, Post SSRI Sexual Dysfunction.

 

Also this website gets a mention in the support resources section. Like many of you here I have found it invaluable to be part of this community and knowing that I have somewhere to turn when the medical 'experts' don't know what advice to give is comforting.

 

I'd love your thoughts on the episode.

 

You can listen here

goo.gl/mG7qkR

 

There is more information about PSSD on Daryl's blog, which can be found here...

http://pssdblog.blogspot.co.uk/p/pssd-blog.htm

 

As for the podcast, a new episode will go live on Tuesday 28 March and I have now also created a Facebook group that supports the podcast. In this group I will announce who the guests are, and there are discussions about the issues raised both by users and by the experts that I interview. I'd love it if you could join the group, you would be very welcome.

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1044581415686477/

 

Thanks so much for all of your feedback and my best wishes to anyone struggling with withdrawal.

 

James

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I was shocked and saddened by Daryl's experience.  I appreciate his willingness to talk openly and honestly about such a delicate topic.

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Nice work, James. 

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Thanks so much Prince1924, JessieCat and Peng, I am really grateful to you for listening in and for supporting me with the podcast. Because of this amazing, supportive community we are now approaching 3,000 downloads!

 

Currently working hard on the next episode due Tuesday 28th March.

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Hi James

Havent got round to listening to the latest audios as yet but wanted to thank you for all you are doing.

Thankyou so much.

regards

nz11

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Thank you James for spreading this information.

 

Listening to Daryl's story is truly disturbing.

 

It seems that the message is slowly getting out there a little.  There are two articles on the topic in today's Daily Mail which I have posted in the Media section of SA.

 

Looking forward to the next podcast.

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Thanks so much Distraut and nz11, you are right, there is more attention being paid to these issues but we need more.

 

As for the podcast, there's a new episode today. This week, we interview Dr. Terry Lynch who is a GP, psychotherapist, author and mental health educator. Ten years into his career as a GP, he became very concerned about the medical approach to emotional and mental suffering and was not prepared to remain silent. In 2001 he released the book Beyond Prozac: Healing Mental Distress, a best-seller in Ireland in 2001 and shortlisted for the MIND (UK) 2002 Book of the Year Award. Terry has worked tirelessly to expose the myth of the chemical imbalance and other psychiatric falsehoods. In 2015, he released The Depression Delusion: The Myth of the Brain Chemical Imbalance. Dr. Lynch spoke to me and helped me understand why modern psychiatry has pursued a purely medical approach to distress with terrible consequences. 

Dr. Lynch was very generous with his time and vey gracious in answering my questions, we covered a lot of ground in a fascinating and informative interview. I’d love your thoughts on this episode.

Here are the relevant links:

To listen in iTunes: goo.gl/Yz7Zmp

Or else listen here: goo.gl/mG7qkR

Doctor Lynch’s website:

http://doctorterrylynch.com

Doctor Lynch’s latest article, What is bipolar disorder:

http://doctorterrylynch.com/what-is-bipolar-disorder/

 

Thanks to anyone who takes the time to listen in.

 

Best wishes

 

James

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hi James just listened to Dr lynch ,great guest to have on ,sadly we need at least a thousand more like him ,he could really change this disgusting industry of over prescribing.

I got in touch with him a year ago and found him very helpful and engaging .

 

I did one of he's online courses and it was very informative , especially about defense mechanisms we build up around us ,this was great for me to realise about myself , basically all my pain and emotional wounds, i was protecting myself ,how in the world is a drug going to ever make me realise that.

He sent me by email a few afermations and i try to read them out aloud to myself ,I'm still getting used to them ,after years of a negative self critic ,it takes time to talk posetivly to myself ha.

We'll keep up the great work .

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Thanks so much Powerback, Dr. Lynch was brilliant, especially as a GP because more often than not its GPs who see patients first and that's generally when you get put onto ADs. Not the case for everyone of course but in the UK, it's mainly GPs that are prescribing the vast majority of ADs even before patients get to see a Psychiatrist.

 

We have more interesting experts coming up as well as more user stories too. I'm determined to get the message out. Thanks so much for listening in.

 

Best wishes

 

James

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That was a great honest interview! Really recommend people check this one out! Hopefully there will be more Doctors like him.

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Wow James i see you just interviewed David Healy how excellent.

You sure are getting the rock stars to talk to.

What about getting an interview with Shipko too?

 

Great going.

nz11

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Great interview with Dr Terry Lynch, James.

 

Well done.

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Hi all, thanks so much for your comments and feedback, it's really important to me that the podcast speaks both to people like us who have lived this and also to people who have not yet encountered psychiatric drugs.

 

@nz11 will certainly ask Dr. Shipko for an interview, thanks for the heads up.

@distraut @fema4psychiatrists thank you so much for the feedback.

 

Interviewing Dr. Healy was a real honour and he was great to talk to as have been everyone I have chatted with so far.

 

If there are specific people you think I should be talking to or particular issue that you'd like raised then please let me know, I can't promise but I will do my very best to fit it all in. This podcast is for this courageous and passionate community and I want you be able to influence what we cover in future.

 

Thanks so much for listening in. Next episode goes live next Tuesday and it's quite different to what has been covered before.

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You keep pulling the hats out of the bag with these interviews! Finally a platform where real life isn't pharmaco-language shepherded, professionals can be fully honest as they want to be. Another great interview with Dr. David Healy.

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@fema4psychiatrists thanks so much, I have to say all the interviewees have been great.

 

I have lots more in the pipeline, keep listening and share the podcast with family, friends, even your GP or your therapist. I want as many to listen as possible.

 

I have a flyer for the podcast which can be emailed out, if anyone wants a copy, just email me feedback@jfmoore.co.uk and I'll gladly send you a copy.

 

Thanks all

 

James

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