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Citizens Commission on Human Rights Award Recipient (Twice)
Humanist, humorist

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Suicide Expert Embroilled in Twitter Controversy

Louis Appleby, (above) the UK's leading expert on suicidology, has sparked controversy on Twitter after seemingly joining forces with former UKIP press secretary, Jasna Badzak.

Appleby, who has been repeatedly asked by drug safety advocates on both Twitter and via email to investigate iatrogenic deaths, (suicides) recently retweeted Jasna Badzak's claim that drug safety advocates enquiring about iatrogenic deaths and akathisia are nothing more than, "a dangerous cult".

Badzak's tweet featured screenshots from just four patient safety advocates, myself included. This prompted Appleby to block anyone who wanted to ask him about akathisia and/or iatrogenic deaths caused by antidepressants.

Remarkably, the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Wendy Burn, then retweeted Appleby. If anything, this highlights how both Appleby and Burn are not adept in research skills. Worrisome, given their positions and influence in the mental health field.

Despite many people pointing out to Appleby that Badzak allegedly has a less than savoury history when it comes to her online activities, Appleby's and Burn's tweets remain. (Badzak back-stories at the end of this post)

Let's just dissect what Appleby wrote. He claims that the behaviour of people asking questions about iatrogenic deaths and akathisia are actually causing distress to bereaved families. I find this odd given that all the questions have been aimed at Appleby. Is Appleby using the excuse of bereaved families to not answer specific questions about antidepressant-induced deaths and/or akathisia?

Earlier this month I emailed both Appleby and Wendy Burn and asked them if SSRI's can cause self-harm fatalities. Neither of them answered. I repeatedly asked them both on Twitter, they both evaded the question.

This is a matter of informed consent and as a patient, they are violating my human rights by not answering me. Other patients and former patients have also asked them the same question via Twitter. Again, they have failed to answer.

As I mentioned, Appleby shared with his 19,000+ followers a tweet that made assertions that people who ask questions that are, seemingly, difficult for him to answer are "a dangerous cult".

The four people Badzak highlighted were myself, Fiona French, Dee Doherty, and Wren Cage.

Personally, it's water off a duck's back to a seasoned blogger like me. I have been writing and researching about the dangers of antidepressants for over 13 years during which time I've been targeted by my very own cyberbully. But Fiona, Dee, and Wren are patients who have been seriously harmed by prescription drugs. Questioning a suicide prevention 'expert' about the iatrogenic/akathisia link shouldn't be treated in this manner particularly when Appleby knows very little about their backgrounds.

Questions should now be asked whether he should be employed by the UK government as a suicidologist given cyberbullying, of which he is retweeting, can, by his own admission lead to suicide, at least, he claims, in teenagers. French, Doherty and Cage aren't teenagers but they are three women who have suffered at the hands of psychiatric medication and through tenacity seek answers so they can protect patients from future harms.

Fiona French, 65, Aberdeen, who it appears has been the target of attacks from Badzak, told me, "I was horrified and dismayed when I saw Prof Appleby’s retweet. First, he has stated that he blocks people because of their behaviour.  I am blocked and have only asked him pertinent questions about SSRIs and suicide. Second, he had retweeted Jasna Badzak who has been harassing and insulting myself and other campaigners, making false accusations and generally being abusive. "

On Badzak, Fiona told me, "I first encountered Jasna in a thread on 8th September.  Dr David Gorski was criticising an article written by David Lazarus about his own experience of antidepressant withdrawal.  Jasna made a comment about chemical imbalances and I said there was no scientific evidence for chemical imbalances. Caroline Ost entered the thread and we spoke about withdrawal.  Jasna then accused me of harming people." (see below)

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It comes to something when a pensioner cannot voice her opinion online without being verbally attacked by a former UKIP Press Secretary. Fiona has collected many more images from Badzaks timeline. Fiona was prescribed Nitrazepam for 40 years for myoclonic jerks and many different antidepressants for depression over 35 years, latterly Effexor for 15 years.  Tapered off Nitrazepam in 2013, on medical advice. She tapered off Effexor in 2015. The shock of withdrawal rendered her largely bedridden for 4-5 years.

Dee Doherty, 43, Wexford, who was also targeted by Badzak and subsequently retweeted by Appleby, was prescribed Seroxat at the age of 21. Whilst, years later, trying desperately hard to try and taper from Seroxat she lost her job. She was then prescribed Effexor and a whole host of other drugs during the next 20 years. Her symptoms of akathisia have never been acknowledged by any mental health professional. Dee, upon seeing Appleby's retweet from Badzak felt compelled to send him an email, she also included the UK's Human Rights Ombudsman. Her email to Appleby can be seen here. To date, he has not responded.

Wren Cage, 57, from the United States, has made four suicide attempts whilst trying to taper from psychiatric medication. On Appleby's retweet, she told me, "I don’t think his retweeting it was as much as agreeing with her, as it was an “F you” to all of us and the work we do to advocate for informed consent and against prescribed harm."

Who is Jasna Badzak?

In 2013, Badzak (above) was convicted of forgery and fraud. Judge Michael Gledhill QC told her she would have been jailed for a year had she not been the sole carer for her 15-year-old son, who is studying for his GCSEs.

Instead, he suspended her 12-month prison sentence for two years.

Passing sentence, Judge Gledhill told her: "In November 2011 you were taken on by Gerard Batten on a three-month contract and you were to be paid by the European Parliament.

"You knew there would be a delay in payments and you were not to be paid until January.

"In fact, the European Parliament paid people earlier than expected, in December.

"You doctored your online bank statement with your NatWest account by removing the £2,500 payment so someone looking at the statement would think it had not been paid. That was flagrant dishonesty."

It's my understanding that Badzak appealed the sentence.

In November 2014, she was sent a cease-and-desist notice by the Metropolitan Police, alleging that she had harassed another former party worker "by providing information to reporter Glen Owen [of The Mail on Sunday] of a false nature"

In 2016, Jason Lee, a researcher, human rights campaigner, and writer alleged that he too had come under harassment from Badzak. He writes:

"Just recently, one such woman, by the name of Jasna Badzak, despite having a police warning against her, and having been served with a cease and desist notice, not to abuse or harass me, decided to have another go at me. Yes, she has done this before, hence the police warning and cease and desist notice."

Way to go, Appleby! The UK's suicide expert aligning himself with someone who, allegedly, has a history of online abuse and making false claims. There was me thinking Appleby's job was to keep the suicide figures down. I wonder if he knows that targets of bullying and cyberbullying are at a greater risk than others of both self-harm and suicidal behaviours?

If Appleby wants to discredit me and others in the prescribed harm community he should do so with some facts. Maybe he could release the figures for suicides by iatrogenic deaths and also show evidence that akathisia cannot lead to a person ending their suffering via death by 'suicide'. Going down the route of retweeting a disgraced former UKIP secretary who makes claims that those harmed by prescribed medicines are "a dangerous cult" is both morally and ethically wrong, moreover, in my opinion, I believe it's an abhorrent attempt to stifle voices.

Being stalked or cyberbullied is an unpleasant experience. As I mentioned earlier, I should know, as I was the victim of an online-abuser some years ago. This only ended when the abuser eventually gave up after a four-year campaign of harassment, targeting me and the parents of the dead children I wrote about. The abuser died recently but his 'handy-work' still remains on blogs and forums, albeit under pseudonyms, such was the cowardice of the man.

Appleby should remove the offending tweet and apologise to those involved and also apologise to his 19,000+ followers for getting it inordinately wrong. Either that or he should resign from his position. He should also explain to the National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group, of which he is the chair, why he chose to align himself with Jasna Badzak. The President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Wendy Burn, who, seemingly, supports Appleby's allegiance with Badzak, should also apologise and/or resign from her position.

Appleby's and Burn's support of Badzak's "dangerous cult" quote came days after International Akathisia Awareness Day was announced

Make of that what you will.

Bob Fiddaman

Friday, September 20, 2019


Within the last five hours, the following press release has been picked up by media outlets.
This is just a small sample of some of those outlets.

International Akathisia Awareness Day Spotlights Critical Adverse Drug Effects

Accurate Info Improves Patient Safety
The World Health Organization states adverse drug effects and inaccurate or delayed diagnosis are common causes of patient harm affecting millions of people every year.”
— Wendy Dolin
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES, September 20, 2019 / -- International Akathisia Awareness Day Spotlights Critical Adverse Drug Effects
International Akathisia Awareness Day, September 20th, is an opportunity for all stakeholders in healthcare to work together to save lives by increasing knowledge of a potentially fatal adverse drug effect. Akathisia is a disorder, induced by more than 100 different types of medications, which can cause a person to experience such intense inner restlessness that the sufferer is driven to violence and/or suicide.
“September is suicide prevention month and while akathisia-induced deaths are not prompted by depression, if we are unequivocally committed to saving lives, we must increase the public’s knowledge of akathisia,” said Wendy Dolin, Founder of the Medication-Induced Suicide Prevention and Education Foundation in Memory of Stewart Dolin (MISSD).
The Akathisia Matters campaign sponsored by MISSD offers many educational resources freely available to all. They include: Two public health videos highlighting several signs and symptoms of akathisia; an accredited, 1-hour online course open to anyone at any time; educational brochures; and a podcast series called “Akathisia Stories” available on iTunes, Studio C, Spotify, and the MISSD YouTube channel.
“The World Health Organization states adverse drug effects and inaccurate or delayed diagnosis are common causes of patient harm affecting millions of people every year,” said Dolin. “Unfortunately, akathisia is an adverse drug effect that is often misdiagnosed and/or improperly treated. Akathisia is everybody’s business given that nobody is immune to akathisia.”
Preventing adverse medical events and promoting patient safety requires a team effort. Healthcare consumers, prescribers, caregivers and charitable organizations can work together to better ensure patient safety by: Discussing the risks and benefits of proposed medications and obtaining informed consent; identifying a “medication buddy” to help monitor for any unusual changes in behaviors whenever stopping, starting or changing dose or type of certain medications; carefully reading the medication leaflet that accompanies prescriptions and reviewing the info with the attending pharmacist; and requesting that mental health and suicide prevention organizations publicize akathisia and related governmental drug warnings.
MISSD brings akathisia education and prevention info to all corners of the world and presents to a variety of stakeholders. “This year MISSD has been welcomed by US veterans’ groups, the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ International Congress in London, university medical and healthcare programs, social workers’ organizations, community groups and places of worship,” said Dolin. “MISSD is a unique, independent nonprofit: We take no money from pharma and our presentations are always free.”
To learn more about akathisia and inquire about MISSD presentations, please see If you or a loved one has an akathisia experience to share, please see the guest blog guidelines posted on the MISSD website.

The Medication-Induced Suicide Prevention and Education Foundation in Memory of Stewart Dolin, (MISSD), is a unique 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the memory of Stewart and other victims of akathisia by raising awareness and educating the public about the dangers of akathisia. MISSD aims to ensure that people suffering from akathisia's symptoms are accurately diagnosed so that needless deaths are prevented. MISSD is not anti-drug; we are for truth in disclosure, honesty in reporting and legitimate drug trials.
For more information about MISSD, please visit and follow us on Twitter: @MISSDFoundation and #AkathisiaMatters.
Wendy Dolin
+1 847-910-2346
email us here

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

PHE Review Dilutes SSRI Problem

Firstly, I'd like to thank everyone who worked hard to get this review to the table. The list is extensive, you all know who you are.

This post is dedicated to three warriors who were active within the prescribed harm community, they all recently died by prescription drug-induced suicide.

Thank you for fighting the cause:

Jo Dennison
Kata Balint
Shelley Johnson 

This post is in two parts. Part one is about the recent PHE review regarding the evidence for dependence on, and withdrawal from, prescribed medicines in the UK. Part two is about the current suicide 'expert' in the UK, Prof. Louis Appleby, and the president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Wendy Burn. Both parts are intertwined, one is about dependency, the other is about self-harm fatalities. I'll also be calling upon the current suicide prevention minister, Nadine Dorries, to carefully consider the serious issues raised here.

Report of the review of the evidence for dependence on, and withdrawal from, prescribed medicines.

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and Public Health England (PHE) released a public health evidence review of available data and published evidence on the problems of dependence and withdrawal associated with some prescribed medicines.


PHE review expert reference group members included Yasir Abbasi, Navjot Ahluwalia and Louis Appleby.

Abbasi has received honorarium for advisory board meetings or travel and accommodation for conferences from Indivior Pharma, Martindale Pharma, Bite Medical Pharma and Mundi Pharma.

Indivior market and manufacture Opioid addiction treatment drugs. Martindale, now known as Ethypharm, manufacture a whole host of drugs, including, but not limited to, painkillers. A Google search of Bite Medical Pharma shows no such company, but Bite Medical Consulting do exist. It appears as though they are a communications company. Safe to say that this means they ghostwrite. Some of their clients include Abbot and Lilly, both drug companies who market and manufacture brand and/or generic antidepressants. Mudi manufacture and market addiction medicines.

Ahluwalia carries out expert witness work and is the Executive Medical Director and Consultant Psychiatrist for Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust

Appleby is a Professor of Psychiatry who leads the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England and directs the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness. More about Appleby later.

The Review

The review covered many aspects of prescription drugs, in particular, the withdrawal and dependency problems people face when trying to come off them. There was, however, a mixed message for the SSRI family of drugs.
Benzodiazepines, z-drugs, opioid pain medicines and gabapentinoids are associated with a risk of dependence and withdrawal.
Antidepressants are associated with withdrawal
PHE found that dependency exists on benzos, z-drugs, opioids and gabapentinoids but not antidepressants (SSRIs).

The 152-page review includes a definition of dependence. PHE writes:
Dependence ~ An adaptation to repeated exposure to some drugs and medicines usually characterised by tolerance and withdrawal, though tolerance may not occur with some. Dependence is an inevitable (and often acceptable) consequence of long-term use of some medicines and is distinguished here from addiction.
I'm confused?

Are SSRIs addictive or do people become dependent upon them, or is it neither?

On withdrawal, PHE defines it as: Physiological reactions when a drug or medicine that has been taken repeatedly is removed.

I'm still confused.

Confusion aside, it's nice to see they recognised the daily stigma patients, former patients and drug safety advocates face on a daily basis whenever they publicly share their adverse experiences withdrawing from SSRIs.

The recommendations made by PHE are as follows:

1 ~ Increasing the availability and use of data on the prescribing of medicines that can cause dependence or withdrawal to support greater transparency and accountability and help ensure practice is consistent and in line with guidance.

2 ~ Enhancing clinical guidance and the likelihood it will be followed.

3 ~ Improving information for patients and carers on prescribed medicines and other treatments, and increasing informed choice and shared decision-making between clinicians and patients.

4 ~ Improving the support available from the healthcare system for patients experiencing dependence on, or withdrawal from, prescribed medicines.

5 ~ Further research on the prevention and treatment of dependence on, and withdrawal from, prescribed medicines.

(1) You don't have the data, the drug companies have it. You will never be allowed to see any of the raw data.

(2) You cannot guide if you don't have the data

(3) Where will this information come from?

(4) Improving? This would imply that support is already in place and just needs tweaking. It isn't. It never has been!

(5) Research is meaningless without the raw data

For what it's worth, recommendations are meaningless words. I've written about this terminology before, it gives people false hope and allows those in charge to continue as they were, so to speak. It's not a law, it's not a rule, it's not punishable if prescribers fail to adhere. Call me cynical, but I dare say meaningless recommendations also serve to help systems stall buy some more time to avoid real action.

Back in 2010, a jury at the inquest of Canadian teen, Sara Carlin, returned a list of 17 recommendations. Sara died a violent, akathisia-induced death after ingesting an SSRI known as Paxil in Canada, better known as Seroxat in the UK. These iatrogenic deaths from drug-induced delirium and self harm are typically labeled suicides by coroners. So it is possible Prof. Appleby and organizations purported to reduce suicides could recognize the loss of Sara today. But it is improbable that will happen given Sara's death doesn't help them promote more drugs ("treatments").

Today, nine years after Sara's death, guess how many of those 17 recommendations have been implemented?




Sara's death was a kick in the butt for me personally. It made me rethink why I became an advocate/activist. People are dying as a result of taking SSRIs and whilst withdrawal/dependency/addiction (delete where necessary) are important topics, I feel iatrogenic deaths also need to be immediately addressed.

The SSRI withdrawal issue will never be resolved as long as there is no alternative drug in the pipeline waiting to be promoted. In the meantime, the public will continue to be informed of recommendations that are little more than token gestures. These gestures may serve to keep some advocates quiet and give med organizations and rampant prescribers a break from public scrutiny and accountability. As I tweeted early this morning, barbiturates were viewed as having no problems until benzos arrived on the scene. Benzos were viewed as having no problems until SSRIs arrived on the scene. SSRI risks will be played down until a different class of drug arrives on the scene to take a lucrative centre stage.

Don't worry, folks, that may happen sooner than you think. A new way of administering depression treatment is already on the market. Spravato (esketamine) is used as a nasal spray to treat treatment-resistant depression (TRD)

TRD is basically a term used when all else fails or when the drugs a person is currently taking stop working. Janssen, the drug manufacturer, provided the FDA with modest evidence it worked and then only in limited trials. It presented no information about the safety of Spravato for long-term use beyond 60 weeks. Now get this, three patients who received the drug died by suicide during the clinical trials, compared with none in the placebo group. But hey, this never stopped the FDA from granting it a licence.

Come back to this blog of mine in 10 years and you'll probably see me writing, "I told you so."

Eventually, and if they have their way, drugs like esketamine will flood the market. Then, and only then, will prescribers speak out en masse about the terrible dependency SSRIs cause.

The Apple That Burns

Earlier I mentioned the three PHE review expert reference group members. The third, Louis Appleby, leads the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England. He is failing on a grand scale.

A few weeks ago Appleby chastised a member of the prescribed harm community on Twitter. Appleby was soon joined by the Royal College of Psychiatrists leader, Wendy Burn in the condemnation of the website host of antidepaware. The website promotes awareness of the dangers of antidepressants and includes links to reports of inquests held in England and Wales since 2003. The antidepaware author lost a son to SSRI-induced suicide in 2009 and since the creation of the website, in 2014, has tried to make the public aware of the dangers that are, in the main, dismissed by prescribers.

Appleby and Burn were wrong to target a fellow-advocate, particularly given antidepaware has done more than what they have to reduce the ever-increasing rate of suicide in the UK. Many other advocates threw their support behind antidepaware. Appleby, the man who apparently takes all forms of suicide seriously, responded by blocking them. He even blocked parents whose children have died as a result of SSRI-induced suicide.

With this in mind, I threw out a question to both Appleby and Burn on Twitter, a straightforward question that neither has answered despite being asked by me in nine repeated tweets. I have also sent both an email, and both have failed to respond. Here's the question they refuse to answer, or even acknowledge: "Can SSRIs induce death by self-harm?"

One has to ask why Appleby and Burn are refusing to answer a simple, relevant question. Burn in the past has claimed how important informed consent is but when push comes to shove she cannot provide me, or the public for that matter, with an answer regarding whether SSRIs can induce death by self-harm. Instead, Burn's Twitter timeline has been full of Lithium promotion, cat photos, and Play-Doh images.

Both Appleby and Burn need to resign. Appleby's treatment of those who inquire about SSRI-induced deaths has been abhorrent to watch from the sidelines. Burn's failure in recognising the SSRI withdrawal problem also needs to be condemned, as does both of their silence stances surrounding informed consent.

Shortly, I'll be writing to the current suicide prevention minister, Nadine Dorries, to voice my concerns regarding Appleby and Burn. I've written to ministers before and they've been pretty useless in their responses. I don't expect Dorries will intervene but I have an ethical obligation to try.

Suicide Prevention Day is about prevention. By refusing to speak with safety advocates and the bereaved just because their children, wives, husbands, brothers or sisters died iatrogenic deaths does nothing to reduce suicides and increase awareness of adverse drug effects that precipitate these violent, avoidable deaths.

If you want to prevent something from happening, you cover all bases and not just the ones that suit your blinkered views. Shame on Burn and shame on Appleby for keeping me, and others, in the dark regarding informed consent. Informed consent is a basic human right. Without accurate info, there can be no real medical freedom of choice.

On a final note, I want to also condemn Wendy Burn's college in general. On the day when suicide prevention was the paramount message they tweeted the following:

Those online resources they refer to include medications that are associated with suicidal thoughts and suicidal completion. Shame on them.

If you think all of the above is just the rantings of a conspiratorial mad man then read how Wendy Burn and her colleagues treated a fellow psychiatrist when he brought to their attention the dangers of Seroxat, a drug, that after many years he is still trying to withdraw from.

"You’d think that my colleagues would be generally sympathetic. However, I have been marginalised, ignored and vilified as a troublemaker — and a leading member of the RCPsych even wrote to my employer questioning my sanity." ~ Peter Gordon, Psychiatrist

Full story here

Bob Fiddaman

Friday, August 30, 2019

Atheism is a "Challenging Psychiatric Condition"

I first heard the term, 'agnostic atheist ' on a chat show. British comedian/writer, Ricky Gervais told chatshow host, Stephen Colbert, "I am an agnostic atheist technically. Agnostic means, no one knows there’s a god so everyone is technically agnostic. We don’t know."

Gervais argued his points with such eloquence that even Colbert, a practising Catholic, commended him. However, there was no conclusion in this short debate because the fact is nobody knows for certain if there is or is not a "God."

This brings me to another topic this blog typically covers: the field of psychiatry. It's no mystery that psychiatry has built its house on a shaky foundation of sand. As the public increasingly sees this foundation eroding, the public is treated to new claims and official acknowledgements by "key opinion leaders." One more recent example is the official acknowledgement by the Royal College of Psychiatrists that they no longer believe in the chemical imbalance "theory." (Let's not mention that this "theory" originated not from scientific data but from the marketing department of major pharmaceutical companies.)

But today I don't want to discuss myths; I want to discuss a real story, that of Mubarak Bala (Pictured above). In 2014, Bala was a 29-year-old chemical process engineer living in Nigeria. Like Gervais, he also didn't believe in god. For sharing his personal views on religion, he was held in a secure psychiatric ward at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital after declaring himself an atheist. (1)

Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital

Bala was reportedly forced into the psychiatric unit after his family, who were staunch Muslims, declared him insane and sent him, against his will, for a psychiatric evaluation. Once there he was told he had "psychological problems that predate his renunciation of Islam." (2)

Bala was able to tweet from the hospital bathroom after he had smuggled a phone into the unit. The tweets are still available (3) and make for harrowing reading:

"This is Mubarak, (@mubarakbala) the Ex-Muslim from the Shari’ah State of Kano, Nigeria. I can only reach you today because I have been sedated (tranquillized) with an injection administered on those who are mentally unstable."

"Now, I woke up only to realize their new doctor has prescribed drugs and injections for me as a psycho patient.  It is the same Doctor that told me last week on a ‘mock’ therapy, that ‘everyone needs God.’"

"What I fear is; the injections and drugs have started shifting my facial orientation and affecting my speech and reasoning, my hands are now shivering on their own."

Human Rights organisations were quick off the mark and contacted the hospital. They were told Bala had a "challenging psychiatric condition which needed close treatment and supervision."

Many stories appeared in 2014 and after being held against his will for 18 days inside the locked unit, Bala was released. He was not given his freedom for the reasons one would expect. He was released because a doctors' strike precipitated the discharge of many patients. (4)

Last year, Bala, in an interview with Humanist Voices, said of his time in the unit, "I was drugged, by force. With drugs that were administered to psychotic and schizophrenic patients. Also, I was sedated which made me weak to fight back. Of the drugs given to me, were also found to be for epileptic patients. I was never epileptic. But it induced a lot of weird feelings that almost drove me crazy. I was there for 18 days. I tried to keep calm, earn their trust after, so I could be trusted with the drugs to take by myself, which I hid or threw away."

Like Gervais, I am an agnostic atheist technically. For the most part, I don't staunchly claim as fact beliefs for which there is no proof. It seems that psychiatrists do just that, however, given we frequently see the field of psychiatry making dangerous claims that are presented as factual, but not supported by credible data and/or scientific evidence.

We are now in 2019 and claims, without evidence, are still dished out by psychiatrists across the globe. Admittedly, I've not seen many stories of atheists like Bala who are incarcerated and drugged for their beliefs, but I have read testimonies from thousands of patients who received treatments similar to Bala's despite their protestations.

Gervais hit the nail on the head when using the science argument against the belief system of God. We could use his words to debate the belief system of psychiatry given the 'evidence' the field typically presents is called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), a psychiatric bible written by mere mortals.

"Science is constantly proved all of the time. You see if we take something like any fiction, any holy book, and any other fiction and destroyed it, in a thousand years time that wouldn’t come back just as it was. Whereas if we took every science book and every fact and destroyed them all, in a thousand years they’d all be back because all the same tests would be the same result."

I'll leave the last words to Mubarak Bala, words that are echoed daily by other victims:

"What I fear is; the injections and drugs have started shifting my facial orientation and affecting my speech and reasoning, my hands are now shivering on their own."

Bob Fiddaman

(1) Nigerian Atheist Held in Psychiatric Ward
(2) Nigeria family forces atheist son into mental ward, lawyer says
(3) Nigerian atheist Mubarak Bala held hostage in a psychiatric ward for renouncing Islam and non-belief in God
(4) Nigeria atheist Bala freed from Kano psychiatric hospital

Ecclesiastical and Pharmaceutical Risk-Benefit Calculations

Monday, July 22, 2019

Debunk & Disorderly - R to Z

Final instalment. They really went to town when deciding on disorders that start with the letter 'S'.
One has to remember that the following are all deemed as mental illnesses and all are, apparently 'treatable' with either talk or drugs.

Pay heed to the letter 'U'. It would appear that when you don't meet the full criteria, your prescriber gets a helping hand from those wacky APA Task Force members.

More sexual problems make the list of disorders again and also those who struggle with reading are also deemed to be 'abnormal'. Infants and children are targeted in this next block of disorders too.

Remember how the DSM once said homosexuality was a disorder but they later backtracked and removed it? APA Task Force members are now targeting transvestites.

Also, note how problems caused by medications are now deemed as disorders.

Which of the following disorders do you think is the most absurd?


reactive attachment disorder - a rare but serious condition in which an infant or young child doesn't establish healthy attachments

relational disorder - persistent and painful patterns of feelings, behaviors, and perceptions among two or more people in an important personal relationship, such a husband and wife, or a parent and children

RD (2)
rumination disorder - an eating disorder in which a person -- usually an infant or young child -- brings back up and re-chews partially digested food that has already been swallowed. In most cases, the re-chewed food is then swallowed again; but occasionally, the child will spit it out

RD (3)
rett's disorder - a rare non-inherited genetic postnatal neurological disorder that occurs almost exclusively in girls and leads to severe impairments, affecting nearly every aspect of the child's life: their ability to speak, walk, eat, and even breathe easily

RD (4)
reading disorder - occurs when a person has trouble with any part of the reading process


SAD (1)
seasonal affective disorder - a mood disorder characterized by depression that occurs at the same time every year

SAD (2)
separation anxiety disorder - excessive worry and fear about being apart from family members or individuals to whom a child is most attached. Children with separation anxiety disorder fear being lost from their family or fear something bad happening to a family member if they are separated from them

SAD (3)
social anxiety disorder - a chronic mental health condition in which social interactions cause irrational anxiety

SAD (4)
sleep arousal disorder - common in children. Arousal does not mean that the child wakes-up. The “arousal” is a partial arousal usually from “deep” sleep also called “slow-wave sleep”. Most commonly the child transitions from deep sleep to a mixture of very light sleep and/or partial wakefulness. This stage shift will commonly lead to a confusional state or a “confusional arousal

SAD (5)
sexual aversion disorder - one of two sexual desire disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and is defined as a "persistent or recurrent extreme aversion to, and avoidance of, all or almost all, genital sexual contact with a sexual partner

social (pragmatic) communication disorder - SCD encompasses problems with social interaction, social understanding and pragmatics. Pragmatics refers to using language in proper context

schizophreniform disorder - a mental disorder diagnosed when symptoms of schizophrenia are present for a significant portion of the time within a one-month period, but signs of disruption are not present for the full six months required for the diagnosis of schizophrenia

somatic symptom disorder - a form of mental illness that causes one or more bodily symptoms, including pain. ... The symptoms can involve one or more different organs and body systems, such as: Pain. Neurologic problems. Gastrointestinal complaints

somatoform disorder NOS - a psychiatric diagnosis used for conditions that do not meet the full criteria for the other somatoform disorders, but have physical symptoms that are misinterpreted or exaggerated with resultant impairment

sedative, hypnotic, or anxiolytic use disorder - a condition characterized by the harmful consequences of repeated use of sedative-like drugs, a pattern of compulsive use of sedative-like drugs, and (sometimes) physiological dependence on sedative-like drugs (i.e., tolerance and/or withdrawal)

specific learning disorder -  a disorder that interferes with a student's ability to listen, think, speak, write, spell, or do mathematical calculations. Students with a specific learning disability may struggle with reading, writing, or math

substance or medication-induced sleep disorder - the official diagnostic name for insomnia and other sleep problems which are caused by the use of alcohol, drugs, or taking certain medications

substance/medication-induced major or mild neurocognitive disorder - mild neurocognitive disorder due to substance/medication use and major neurocognitive disorder due to substance/medication use are the diagnostic names for two alcohol- or drug-induced major neurocognitive disorders― "major" obviously being the more severe form

stereotypic movement disorder - a motor disorder with onset in childhood involving repetitive, nonfunctional motor behavior (e.g., hand waving or head banging), that markedly interferes with normal activities or results in bodily injury

substance use disorder - occurs when a person's use of alcohol or another substance (drug) leads to health issues or problems at work, school, or home

SUD (2)
stimulant use disorder - include stimulant intoxication, stimulant withdrawal, and stimulant use disorder. They result from abuse of a class of medications known as stimulants, which include a wide range of drugs such as amphetamines, methamphetamine, and cocaine

schizoid personality disorder - a personality disorder characterized by a lack of interest in social relationships, a tendency towards a solitary or sheltered lifestyle, secretiveness, emotional coldness, detachment, and apathy

SPD (2)
shared psychotic disorder - a rare delusional disorder shared by 2 or, occasionally, more people with close emotional ties. ... Two people share the same delusion or delusional system and support one another in this belief. They have an unusually close relationship

SPD (3)
specific phobia disorder - a type of anxiety disorder defined as an extreme, irrational fear of or aversion to something

speech sound disorder - a communication disorder in which children have persistent difficulty saying words or sounds correctly

substance-related and addictive disorder - a craving for, the development of a tolerance to, and difficulties in controlling the use of a particular substance or a set of substances, as well as withdrawal syndromes upon abrupt cessation of substance use

sexual masochism disorder - the condition of experiencing recurring and intense sexual arousal in response to enduring moderate or extreme pain, suffering, or humiliation

sexual sadism disorder - the condition of experiencing sexual arousal in response to the extreme pain, suffering or humiliation of others

somatic symptom and related disorder - mental health disorders characterized by an intense focus on physical (somatic) symptoms that causes significant distress and/or interferes with daily functioning

sleep terror disorder - episodes of screaming, intense fear and flailing while still asleep. Also known as night terrors, sleep terrors often are paired with sleepwalking. Like sleepwalking, sleep terrors are considered a parasomnia — an undesired occurrence during sleep

sleep-wake disorder - occur when the body's internal clock does not work properly or is out of sync with the surrounding environment

SWD (2)
sleepwalking disorder - a behavior disorder that originates during deep sleep and results in walking or performing other complex behaviors while asleep. It is much more common in children than adults and is more likely to occur if a person is sleep deprived

schizoaffective disorder - a chronic mental health condition characterized primarily by symptoms of schizophrenia, such as hallucinations or delusions, and symptoms of a mood disorder, such as mania and depression


tic disorder - defined as repeated, sudden, rapid, nonrhythmic muscle movements including sounds or vocalizations. Tourette syndrome is diagnosed when people have had both motor and vocal tics for > 1 yr

TD (2)
transvestic disorder - cross-dressing, or dressing in the clothes of the opposite gender, to become sexually aroused. It must occur over a period of at least 6 months

TD (3)
tourette's disorder - a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics

tobacco use disorder - the most common substance use disorder in the United States. ... Nicotine is the primary addictive substance in tobacco; however other chemicals likely increase the addiction risk. Tobacco use appears to have an addictive / dependence potential at least equal to that of other drugs


unspecified anxiety disorder - used when there are anxiety-like symptoms that cause significant distress or impaired functioning. However, there is insufficient information to determine what particular type of Anxiety Disorder may be present

unspecified depressive disorder - category applies to presentations in which symptoms characteristic of a depressive disorder that cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning predominate but do not meet the full criteria for any of the disorders in the depressive disorders diagnostic class

unspecified obsessive-compulsive and related disorder - presentations characterized by OCD features that cause significant distress or impairment, but which do not meet the full criteria

undifferentiated somatoform disorder - occurs when a person has physical complaints for more than six months that cannot be attributed to a medical condition


voyeurism disorder - this disorder refers to (for over a period of at least 6 months) having recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors involving the act of observing an unsuspecting person who is naked, in the process of disrobing, or engaging in sexual activity

Bob Fiddaman


Sunday, July 21, 2019

Debunk & Disorderly - M to P

The widening of the net continues. Previous posts at the foot of this post.


major depressive disorder - a mental health disorder characterized by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities

major frontotemporal neurocognitive disorder -  uncommon disorder that primarily affect the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain — the areas generally associated with personality, behavior and language

male hypoactive sexual desire disorder - considered a sexual dysfunction and is characterized as a lack or absence of sexual fantasies and desire for sexual activity

major neurocognitive disorder - a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with independence and daily life

major neurocognitive disorder with lewy bodies - the second most common type of degenerative dementia following Alzheimer's disease (AD). DLB is clinically and pathologically related to Parkinson's disease (PD) and PD dementia, and the three disorders can be viewed as existing on a spectrum of Lewy body disease.

major neurocognitive disorder due to parkinson’s disease

major vascular neurocognitive disorder - Vascular neurocognitive disorder is a common form of dementia. It is diagnosed in between 15-30% of all people who are diagnosed with dementia. Other names for this disorder include vascular dementia, vascular cognitive impairment and multi-infarct dementia


night eating syndrome - a condition that combines overeating at night with sleep problems

nightmare disorder - also known as dream anxiety disorder, is a sleep disorder characterized by frequent nightmares

neurodevelopmental disorders -  a group of disorders in which the development of the central nervous system is disturbed. This can include developmental brain dysfunction, which can manifest as neuropsychiatric problems or impaired motor function, learning, language or non-verbal communication

narcissistic personality disorder -  a personality disorder with a long-term pattern of abnormal behavior characterized by exaggerated feelings of self-importance, excessive need for admiration, and a lack of empathy


obsessive-compulsive disorder - a common, chronic and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over

obsessive-compulsive personality disorder - despite having similar names and symptoms, OCD and OCPD are distinct forms of mental illness that have unique and specific characteristics. The main difference is that OCD is designated in the DSM within its own category called Obsessive-Compulsive and related disorders, while OCPD is considered a personality disorder.

oppositional defiant disorder - a type of behavior disorder. It is mostly diagnosed in childhood. Children with ODD are uncooperative, defiant, and hostile toward peers, parents, teachers, and other authority figures

opioid use disorder - patients presenting with an opioid use disorder may appear acutely intoxicated, in opioid withdrawal, or show no acute effects related to their opioid use


persisting amnestic disorder - the amnestic disorders are a group of disorders that involve loss of memories previously established, loss of the ability to create new memories or loss of the ability to learn new information

pediatric bipolar disorder - one of the more contentious issues in children’s mental health involves pediatric bipolar disorder (BD).  We now know that when BD presents in children, it tends to be a severe form of the illness.  But children who have been diagnosed with pediatric bipolar disorder (BD) may, in fact, have different illnesses requiring different treatments.

persistent complex bereavement disorder - a disorder for those who are significantly and functionally impaired by prolonged grief symptoms for at least one month after six months of bereavement

phobic disorder - intense, persistent, and recurrent fears of certain objects (such as snakes, spiders, or blood) or situations (like heights, speaking in front of a group, and public places). These things may trigger a panic attack. Social phobia and agoraphobia are examples of phobic disorders

PD (2)
pica disorder - an eating disorder that involves eating items that are not typically thought of as food and that do not contain significant nutritional value, such as hair, dirt, and paint chips

persistent depressive disorder - a low mood occurring for at least two years, along with at least two other symptoms of depression.

PDD (2)
pervasive developmental disorder - a group of disorders characterized by delays in the development of socialization and communication skills. Parents may note symptoms as early as infancy, although the typical age of onset is before 3 years of age.

PDD (3)
premenstrual dysphoric disorder - a health problem that is similar to premenstrual syndrome (PMS) but is more serious. PMDD causes severe irritability, depression, or anxiety in the week or two before your period starts

paranoid personality disorder -  one of a group of conditions called "Cluster A" personality disorders which involve odd or eccentric ways of thinking. People with PPD also suffer from paranoia, an unrelenting mistrust and suspicion of others, even when there is no reason to be suspicious

post-traumatic embitterment disorder - a pathological reaction to drastic life events and has the tendency not to stop. The trigger is an extraordinary although common negative life event as for example divorce, dismissal, personal insult or vilification

post-traumatic stress disorder - a disorder in which a person has difficulty recovering after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event

phencyclidine use disorder - this disorder is given to people who are experiencing problems as a result of using a group of substances called phencyclidines, or substances which are pharmacologically similar to them, such as ketamine

To be continued...

Bob Fiddaman


Friday, July 19, 2019

Debunk & Disorderly - G to L

Continuing on from my previous two posts.

All the following are 'mental health disorders', or are claimed to be mental health disorders by the Task Force of the DSM 5.


generalized anxiety disorder - severe, ongoing anxiety that interferes with daily activities

gambling disorder - a persistent and recurrent problematic gambling behavior leading to clinically significant impairment or distress

gender identity disorder (gender dysphoria) - an individual exhibits marked and persistent identification with the opposite sex and persistent discomfort (dysphoria) with his or her own sex or sense of inappropriateness in the gender role of that sex


hoarding disorder - a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them

HD (2)
hypersomnolence disorder - characterized by recurrent episodes of excessive daytime sleepiness or prolonged nighttime sleep

histrionic personality disorder - defined by the American Psychiatric Association as a personality disorder characterized by a pattern of excessive attention-seeking emotions, usually beginning in early adulthood, including inappropriately seductive behavior and an excessive need for approval

HPD (2)
hair-pulling disorder - a mental disorder classified under Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders and involves recurrent, irresistible urges to pull hair from the scalp, eyebrows, eyelids, and other areas of the body

hallucinogen persisting perception disorder - a disorder in which a person has flashbacks of visual hallucinations or distortions experienced during a previous hallucinogenic drug experience


internet addiction disorder -  also known as problematic internet use or pathological internet ..... A subcategory of IAD, Internet gaming disorder is listed in DSM-5 as a condition that requires more research in order to be considered as a full disorder

impulse-control disorder NOS - individuals who fall under Impulse-Control Disorder NOS do not meet any of the criteria for the above disorders or any of the other impulse control disorders in the DSM-IV-TR. (eg. substance abuse, paraphilias). Some common impulse-control disorders in this category include impulsive sexual behaviors, pathological skin picking, self-mutilation, and compulsive shopping. Those with sexual impulses often are promiscuous, show compulsive masturbation, show a compulsive use phone sex lines and/or pornography, and often show pornography dependence

intermittent explosive disorder - a behavioral disorder characterized by explosive outbursts of anger and violence, often to the point of rage, that are disproportionate to the situation at hand

insomnia disorder - a sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep

internet gaming disorder - most common in male adolescents 12 to 20 years of age. According to studies it is thought that Internet Gaming Disorder is more prevalent in Asian countries than in North America and Europe. Internet Gaming Disorder is a “Condition for Further Study” in the DSM-5 (APA 2013).  This means that it is not an "official" disorder in the DSM, but one on which the American Psychiatric Association request additional research.

inhalant use disorder -  a problem that can develop when people deliberately breathe in the fumes of various substances


language disorder - an individual's expressive language may be severely impaired, while his receptive language is hardly impaired at all. More specifically, according to the DSM-5, deficits in comprehension or production can include the following: Reduced vocabulary (word knowledge and use)

To be continued...

Bob Fiddaman

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Debunk & Disorderly - D to F

Continuing from yesterday. Pay particular attention to the 'disorders' beginning with the letter 'F'.

Do members of the APA Task Force watch porn movies before raising their, ahem... hands?


developmental coordination disorder -  a motor skills disorder that affects five to six percent of all school-aged children

delusional disorder - a generally rare mental illness in which the patient presents delusions, but with no accompanying prominent hallucinations, thought disorder, mood disorder

depersonalization/derealization disorder - involves a persistent or recurring feeling of being detached from one's body or mental processes

dissociative identity disorder - a disorder characterized by the presence of two or more distinct personality states

disruptive mood dysregulation disorder - a childhood condition of extreme irritability, anger, and frequent, intense temper outbursts

disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorder -  combines oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), conduct disorder (CD), and disruptive behavior disorder not otherwise specified (DBDNOS) with disorders in the “Impulse-Control Disorders Not Otherwise Specified” chapter


excoriation disorder - a mental illness related to obsessive-compulsive disorder. It is characterized by repeated picking at one's own skin

ED (2)
exhibitionistic disorder - a condition marked by the urge, fantasy, or act of exposing one's genitals to non-consenting people, particularly strangers

eating disorder not otherwise specified - applied when an individual’s symptoms cause significant distress but do not fit neatly within the strict criteria for anorexia, bulimia, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder or binge eating disorder


factitious disorder - a mental disorder in which a person acts as if he or she has a physical or mental illness when, in fact, he or she has consciously created the symptoms (Important question here)

FD (2)
frotteuristic disorder - the act of touching or rubbing one's genitals up against another person in a sexual manner without their consent

FD (3)
fetishistic disorder -  characterized as a condition in which there is a persistent and repetitive use of or dependence on nonliving objects (such as undergarments or high-heeled shoes) or a highly specific focus on a body part (most often nongenital, such as feet) to reach sexual arousal

female hypoactive sexual desire disorder - a deficiency or absence of sexual fantasies and desire for sexual activity that causes marked distress or interpersonal difficulty

female sexual arousal disorder - a disorder characterized by a persistent or recurrent inability to attain sexual arousal or to maintain arousal until the completion of a sexual activity

female orgasmic disorder - refers to difficulty reaching orgasm. It may take a woman with FOD longer to have an orgasm

To be continued...

G - L

Bob Fiddaman

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Debunk & Disorderly - A to C

debunk - to expose the sham
disorder - abnormal physical or mental condition

I've been reading the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5) and it struck me that disorder is such a vile word. The DSM 5 mentions the word no less than 1,377 times with references to various illnesses and subsets of illnesses, the majority of which are just downright laughable. Then again, most know how these illnesses are arrived at, and for those that don't, here's a good place to start. In brief, in the 1800s  seven categories of mental health were distinguished: mania, melancholia, monomania, paresis, dementia, dipsomania, and epilepsy. By 1952 the first edition of the DSM was written. Fast forward to the year 2000 and work began on the fifth version. It's a bit like a movie franchise that keeps churning out follow-ups. Jaws, Jaws II, Jaws III etc.

I don't know who came up with the title of the book (manual) but it clearly shows how people with problems in their life are seen by the American Psychiatric Association, who create task forces to update each version of the DSM. They do this by a show of hands. For example, all the problems below were voted into existence. No tests were carried out, just discussion. The list below isn't all of the 'disorders' that have been voted on and some are subtypes of 'disorders' already in place. Be sure to click on each disorder for a description of what it means, or what the APA task force wants you to believe it means.

Most of the 'disorders' can and should be debunked as nothing but the imagination of white privileged gentlemen who want to impress their peers, moreover, want to keep the sham going. One has to bear in mind that all the 'disorders' below are alleged mental problems and all, according to the field of psychiatry, are manageable with 'treatment.' There's an awful amount of brain pellets ready to be prescribed, folks. Contrast the 7 disorders that were agreed upon in the 1800s with the modern-day (DSM-5) list below. For example, there are now 10 'disorders', but those are just the ones that begin with the letter 'A'. You and/or someone you know may just be abnormal.



adjustment disorder - the presence of emotional or behavioral symptoms in response to an identifiable stressor(s) occurring within 3 months of the onset of the stressor(s)

attention deficit disorder - a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development

attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
(See ADD)

avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder - an eating or feeding disturbance (e.g., apparent lack of interest in eating or food; avoidance based on the sensory characteristics of food

autism spectrum disorder - persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts

acute stress disorder - the diagnosis of ASD can only be considered from 3 days to one month following a traumatic event (commonly referred to as the acute phase).

antisocial personality disorder - a person with ASPD may present "with psychopathic features" if he or she exhibits "a lack of anxiety or fear and a bold, efficacious interpersonal style

amphetamine-type substance use disorder - a person who takes a substance in larger amounts and/or over a longer period than the patient intended.

alcohol use disorder - alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence, into a single disorder called alcohol use disorder (AUD) with mild, moderate, and severe sub-classifications.

avoidant personality disorder - a pervasive pattern of social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy, and hypersensitivity to negative evaluation


bipolar disorder - a lifelong illness. Episodes of mania and depression eventually can occur again if you don't get treatment

bipolar disorder I - involves periods of severe mood episodes from mania to depression.

bipolar disorder II - a milder form of mood elevation, involving milder episodes of hypomania that alternate with periods of severe depression

body dysmorphic disorder - a relatively common mental health condition in which a person experiences excessive anxiety about a perceived defect in their physical appearance

binge eating disorder - a treatable eating disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of eating large quantities of food

borderline personality disorder - a mental health disorder that impacts the way you think and feel about yourself and others

BPD (2)
brief psychotic disorder - an uncommon psychiatric condition characterized by sudden and temporary periods of psychotic behavior

bipolar disorder not otherwise specified - may be used when symptoms are consistent with bipolar disorder but fall short of a definitive diagnosis


cognitive disorder - a category of mental health disorders that primarily affect cognitive abilities

CD (2)
conduct disorder - a serious behavioral and emotional disorder that can occur in children and teens

caffeine-induced anxiety disorder -  a psychiatric disorder linked to the aggravation and maintenance of anxiety disorders, and the initiation of panic or anxiety attacks in those who are already predisposed to such phenomena

caffeine-induced sleep disorder - a psychiatric disorder that results from overconsumption of the stimulant caffeine

circadian rhythm sleep disorder - a family of sleep disorders which affect the timing of sleep.

childhood-onset fluency disorder -  stuttering — also called stammering or childhood-onset fluency disorder — is a speech disorder that involves frequent and significant problems with normal fluency and flow of speech

cannabis use disorder - problematic marijuana use

CUD (2)
cocaine use disorder - problematic cocaine use

To be continued...

Bob Fiddaman



Tuesday, June 25, 2019

What Help?

Help! I need somebody
Help! Not just anybody
Help! You know I need someone
Lennon & McCartney 1965
Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends
Mmm, I get high with a little help from my friends
Mmm, gonna try with a little help from my friends
Lennon & McCartney 1967

British newspapers were, once again, leading the way today with information regarding the latest brain pellet study that delivers a swift kick in the gonads to drug companies, regulators and prescribers.

The Sun and The Daily Mail ran with headlines, "‘Rare but serious’ risk of suicide for patients on antidepressants, new findings reveal" and "New health alert over antidepressants as study finds a 'rare but serious' risk of suicide for patients on pills."

The Mail's article was penned by Ben Spencer (Medical Correspondent for the Daily Mail), whilst The Sun's piece was written by Gemma Mullin (Digital Health Reporter for The Sun)

Whilst I'm always grateful to the British media for highlighting the suicide risk when taking brain pellets, I still get irked by journalists who take quotes from the Royal College of Psychiatrists on good faith.

Both articles feature a direct quote from Wendy Burn, who is President of the Royal College. Her quote seems to be the trump card played by spokespersons speaking on behalf of the industry but it is rarely questioned. This is where the mainstream media are failing. No pressing questions just an acceptance.

Burn's quote left me thinking that the media have almost come to accept the word of psychiatry as a congregation would of a priest delivering a sermon.

"It is vital that people prescribed antidepressants are monitored closely, made aware of possible side effects and know how to seek help if they experience them.", Burn proclaimed. This after Study leader, Dr Michael Hengartner, of Zurich University in Switzerland, said: "We can be confident that these drugs are producing an excess rate of suicides, beyond the depression itself." He added, "There is no doubt that this must be a response to the pharmacological effect of the drugs themselves."

Burn was never asked by either journalist whom patients should seek help from or, indeed, how, when one is feeling suicidal because of the inducement of akathisia, they can actually think straight, lift up a phone receiver and dial a number for help, on the proviso, of course, that there is such a number to dial. Quite how Burn and other spokespersons from the college get away with such comments leaves me bewildered.

In the past, Burn & Co have recommended that patients speak to their doctors. I find this perverse, don't you?

According to Burn's logic, those who have been prescribed brain pellets that are causing suicidal thoughts should go back to the very same person who prescribed them!

In 1978 more than 900 Americans – members of a San Francisco-based religious group called the Peoples Temple – died after drinking poison at the urging of their leader, the Reverend Jim Jones. Let's imagine for one minute if a spokesperson for a toxicology department had said back in 1978, "If you feel you have taken a substance that has caused you toxicity, we recommend you talk to the Reverend who will be able to help you."

Flippant of me yet you can't deny the facts here.

The media need to ask Wendy Burn exactly what plans are in place to help those suffering at the hands of these mind-altering brain pellets, be it those who are suffering severe withdrawal problems or those who are feeling suicidal because of them.

Wendy Burn is offering false hope to those she and her colleagues prescribe to. What she is saying is 'some people' may have difficulty but, hey, don't worry if you are one of those unfortunate souls who gets the urge to kill yourself "help" is just around the corner. The thing is, Burn and her colleagues have been standing on these street corners for years, first handing out the drugs, secondly, to send people to other corners when they complain of brain pellet withdrawal or feelings of suicidality. Sadly, all the corners are taken by her colleagues who are ready with their prescription pads to hand out yet more brain pellets to help with the suicidal thinking caused by the original prescription they handed out.

Quite why the media cannot see through her 'trump card' is beyond me.

Maybe one day a journalist with good investigative skills will probe the comments from the Royal College. You know, ask for evidence or perhaps the street address of any specialist in the UK who deals with brain pellet withdrawal and suicidality.

As I said at the top of this post, I'm grateful for the British media highlighting the risks of brain pellets but allowing throw away comments without following up those comments is poor journalism.

Wendy Burn blocked me on Twitter some months ago. Last week she had a change of heart and unblocked me. As I don't play to the tune of the piper, I immediately blocked her. I don't wish to correspond with anyone who will only address important issues when they are in a "good mood", least of all a President who, it has to be said, couldn't run a bath.

Maybe one day, the College will apologise to the families of all those who, through no fault of their own, have had to bury loved ones and suffer continuous heartache? I'm not holding my breath.

Michael P. Hengartner and Martin Plöder's study, Newer-Generation Antidepressants and Suicide Risk in Randomized Controlled Trials: A Re-Analysis of the FDA Database, can be read, in full, here.

Bob Fiddaman

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