|Australian Psychiatrist, Patrick McGorry. A soothsayer who can predict the future mental health of children.|
Australian soothsayer Patrick McGorry has been defending his early intervention program by appearing on Lateline, an Australian Broadcasting Corporation current affairs programme.
McGorry, who I have highlighted on this blog many times, claims the early intervention model he promotes has been proven to reduce mental illness symptoms and reduce costs to the health system.
'Proven' is past tense by the way.
Most notably, McGorry stated:
'What the studies actually show is there is no need to use anti-psychotic medications as first line in these patients [at high risk of developing psychosis].'
NB: The phrase 'first line' signals that he is not completely backing away from the use of antipsychotics in at-risk patients.
Also notable was the patronising but predictable dismissal by McGorry, Mendoza, and Crosbie of criticism as envy, in-fighting, bizarre, ignorant, self-defeating.... [I've seen playground bullies with better tactical skills]
Here's the transcript of his performance on Lateline
Patrick McGorry: "Hey... Paddy... Leave Those Kids Alone"
Patrick McGorry - Torn Asunder Down Under
Early Intervention, McGorry, Politics & TV Shows
Psychiatrist Patrick McGorry Slams His Critics [Diddums]
Is Australia's "Number One Man" Misleading The Public?
Pre-Mental Disorder Screening & Drugging - THE PHARMACEUTICAL DELOREAN
Patrick McGorry's Delorean Pulls Over For New Passenger
Patrick McGorry & Co Under Fire
Hickierie Dickory Doc - McGorry Turns Back the Clock
Psychiatrist's Assessment of Patrick McGorry
Patrick McGorry's "Back to the Future" 2008 Study
Australian Doctor Magazine Sees Patrick McGorry Defend His Position
Are The Wheels Coming Off Patrick McGorry's DeLorean?
Professor Graham Burrows - The "Cosmetic Psychiatrist?" [Updated 7.34pm]
Patrick McGorry Responds to Criticism by Allen Frances
Australian Member of Parliament, Martin Whitely, also speaks out against McGorry's Headspace initiative HERE.
Patrick McGorry's Headstrong DeLorean Posse Part I
Jill Stark did an excellent article about criticism of Patrick McGorry in The Sunday Age on 7 August. The Age is Melbourne's main newspaper, and the article was apparently on the front page, so the article would have been at least glanced at by many people. Six letters (including one from McGorry) were published in response:
McGorry accused of conflict of interest
The Big Issue: Mental Health
Not surprisingly, McGorry also responded with a piece on his website:
Merchants of doubt do no favours for people with mental illnesses
ORDER THE PAPERBACK 'THE EVIDENCE, HOWEVER, IS CLEAR...THE SEROXAT SCANDAL' By Bob Fiddaman US & CANADA HERE OR UK FROM CHIPMUNKA PUBLISHING
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