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Our own James Moore interviewed by BBC Wales

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DrugfreeProf

James Moore has done an immense service to all of us by producing the Let's Talk Withdrawal podcast and by publicizing the horrific realities of antidepressants to various media outlets.  The above video is just one example of his eloquent advocacy. 

Note what the big-Pharma shill doctor states in the video--the usual drivel about ADs saving lives, safe and effective, etc. etc. ad nauseum.

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peng

Nice one, Distraut.

Your link will be useful to many of us.  Many thanks!

And well done, BBC Wales.

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MiguelFreeman

ty god

  the awareness is starting to grow I only took them for 2 years and it's been a hard battle to come off 

if I didn't find this website I would probably be in a bad place or dead 

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JamesMoore

Hi all, thank you Distraut for sharing this and for all of your comments above too. Dealing with the media is always frustrating because you never get enough time. I was interviewed for 35 minutes and I mentioned Surviving Antidepressants as well as other support too, But they only seem to want the gritty personal details. However, it is useful, I think to get this on mainstream media. The morning after this I was also interviewed by BBC Radio Wales (unfortunately another short item) the links for both are below, please share them widely if you can, I am totally open about my experiences and really keen to get the discussion started outside the communities, like this one, that know the full impact.

 

Thanks so much.

 

James

 

BBC Wales Today piece: https://youtu.be/okxuobnittc

BBC Wales Radio with Dr David Healy: https://soundcloud.com/user-581729117/bbc-radio-wales
 

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ChessieCat
9 hours ago, JamesMoore said:

Dealing with the media is always frustrating because you never get enough time. I was interviewed for 35 minutes and I mentioned Surviving Antidepressants as well as other support too, But they only seem to want the gritty personal details. However, it is useful, I think to get this on mainstream media.

 

Exactly.  Any publicity about the negative effects of psychiatric drugs and the issues with getting off them is good.  When people know that there can be issues they can do their own research.  I doubt that many of us here on SA even knew about withdrawal symptoms until we experienced them and that is when we started looking for answers.  Unfortunately there are members who went the long way around and got in a mess going off, swapping or adding drugs.

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SkyBlue

Amazing advocacy!!! 

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ChessieCat

Copied from the transcript

 

From 3:00

 

the Royal College

of Psychiatrists say the evidence shows

they're beneficial and not addictive

they are effective they work and I see

in my routine clinical practice people

who've benefited from them tremendously

so I would really advise people to talk

to their doctor the GP or their

psychiatrist if they have worries about

antidepressants and any concerns they

may have about dependence on

antidepressants

but it's really important to stress they

are not addictive medications

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peng

About 40 years ago I remember hearing that the benzodiazapine Ativan I had been prescribed was "not addictive".   Our GPs seemed to have been told by pharma reps that this was so, after the growing problem manifesting itself with Valium, e.g.

However, IIRC, pressure on one of my local GPs on asking for some clarification on what was meant by that, brought out the term "dependency".   Ah, that's OK then.

Playing with words, or fooled by those behind the promotion of these drugs into lying?   Seems so.  And they may wonder why we are filled with cynicism and mistrust.  Get a grip, drug-pushing psychiatrists, you may be in danger of becoming an extinct species.  The world wide web allows people to learn more about your specialism than you know.

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joy2730

Well said Peng.  I remember being prescribed Ativan and then the GP called me in to the surgery and said it may be difficult to get off and they wanted to swap me to diazepam in case 'I ever wanted to get off it in the future'.  I was immediately swapped from Ativan to diazepam and went through a few weeks of turmoil, but I am glad they swapped me because ultimately I was able to get off the diazepam,.  This was 40 years ago, I think all GPs know of these problems but they don't know what else to do for people when they arrive at the surgery in distress.

 

I think every GP knows of the difficulties.  However, it complicates thing when some people can get off them easily, so when prescribing I think doctors rationalise it to themselves by saying, the patient may be one of those able to get off it easily, and it is just too bad if the patient can't. 

 

Even members of the same family can have different withdrawals.  My hairdresser and her brother have both taken ADs and the girl got off with very little trouble but her brother can't.  He went on a long awaited ski holiday for 3 weeks and felt so well he thought he would discontinue them cold turkey and went through hell until getting back home to his pills, when his symptoms soon resolved.

 

Joy

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ChessieCat
16 hours ago, ChessieCat said:

Copied from the transcript

 

From 3:00

 

the Royal College

of Psychiatrists say the evidence shows

they're beneficial and not addictive

they are effective they work and I see

in my routine clinical practice people

who've benefited from them tremendously

so I would really advise people to talk

to their doctor the GP or their

psychiatrist if they have worries about

antidepressants and any concerns they

may have about dependence on

antidepressants

but it's really important to stress they

are not addictive medications

 

8 hours ago, peng said:

Playing with words

 

I thought the same thing when I was highlighting "addictive".

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