Oliver Hare – Another 22-year-old victim of Citalopram?

Oliver Hare, shown above, was a 22-year-old linguist, working in Shanghai. In February of this year he spent a week with his mum in Dubai before returning to his family home in England. Feeling a little lost and unsure of what his goals were, he was anxious about returning to China. His dad told him not … Continue reading Oliver Hare – Another 22-year-old victim of Citalopram?

Wendy beats Goliath

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UByH0xtCxaw&feature=push-u&attr_tag=7-8tjaUFHNT12GxJ-6 So, the trial of our friend Wendy ended earlier today - and guess what, she won. The truth finally prevailed over the malevolent entity that is GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). During the trial we heard how this drug company hid suicide events and misrepresented data that showed Paxil/Seroxat could induce suicide in adults as well as … Continue reading Wendy beats Goliath

GSK’s Dirty Little Secret

So, myself and my friend Stephanie were in Chicago this week. We had traveled across the Atlantic to hear the opening arguments of Dolin v. Smithkline Beecham Corp (now GlaxoSmithKline - GSK). For more background to this case, see here. We arrived straight into an unprecedented weather event, Storm Stella - described in the media as … Continue reading GSK’s Dirty Little Secret

Jake’s Mammy on DriveTime

For anyone who hasn't heard of Jake McGill Lynch, age 14, who died following a prescription for Fluoxetine (Prozac), here's his mom Stephanie being interviewed on RTE Radio. The journalist, Della Kiroy, also interviewed David Healy who speaks towards the end of the programme. Stephanie's harrowing account of Jake's life and death is a warning to all … Continue reading Jake’s Mammy on DriveTime

The Destigmatization of Stigma ..

Stigma: a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person - "the stigma of mental disorder".    Comedian Al Porter was on Irish TV this week, speaking of his depression, the one brought about by his chemicals that needed re-balancing. He spoke of the stigma attached to depression, then whipped out his pills … Continue reading The Destigmatization of Stigma ..

RCSI Psychiatry and The Serotonin Myth

Yesterday the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) launched an eBook entitled 'journey through the brain' - to explore 'the science of the brain and its connection to human emotion, mental health and well-being'. Created by researchers from the Dept of Psychiatry, the book was designed to help young people and teachers 'understand the workings … Continue reading RCSI Psychiatry and The Serotonin Myth

The Pill That Steals Lives

This week myself and Tony abandoned the minors, left them in the care of the (sergeant) majors and took ourselves off to London. With promises of presents and various forms of bribery, they waved us off without a second glance – the deals were struck. With one condition - as long as we were back … Continue reading The Pill That Steals Lives

When Science and Anecdote Collide

For decades, declarations by perturbed relatives that a loved-one’s death was iatrogenic (induced by medical treatment), were often dismissed as anecdotal. Accounts imparted by concerned loved-ones were likely to be rejected, albeit often kindly – yet thrust aside as the demented rantings of a grieving loved-one. Placated with persuasive words, relatives often slink away, suitably … Continue reading When Science and Anecdote Collide

GSK and The Miracle Med – The Happy Horny Skinny Pill

An article in Sunday's Telegraph 'could antidepressants be ruining your sex life?' concerned the use of widely-prescribed SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) and the associated loss of libido. The article rightly refers to statistics that estimate between 30-70 per cent of SSRI consumers will be affected with some form of sexual dysfunction - despite their much-argued efficacy. … Continue reading GSK and The Miracle Med – The Happy Horny Skinny Pill

Lundbeck Astroturfing

There has been much publicity recently on the alcohol industry and their sponsorship of sporting events. I won't rehash the numerous arguments here but suffice to say, most agree that it's an unethical alliance. An article by Dr John Scally, TCD (and RCSI) lecturer in Ethics and Theology, expressed the view that there are particular ethical … Continue reading Lundbeck Astroturfing