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May 18, 2018

At a time when one of the greatest issues facing medicine is that of dependence on and withdrawal from prescribed drugs, in particular benzodiazepines, antidepressants and opioids, just when and how are we to establish and fund the proposed and much needed specialist s...

May 9, 2018

  

Beverley Thorpe questions whether Scotland is implementing an evidence-based approach to the prescribing of antidepressants.

At a time when the dominant medical model of mental health means prescription rates of antidepressants in Scotland are soaring, should we...

March 26, 2018

The PGA Tour developed its Anti-Doping Program “to protect the integrity that is inherent in the sport of golf and to ensure the health and safety of all players. The use of doping substances is contrary to the spirit of fair competition that has always been a part of...

February 23, 2018

“A paradoxical reaction or paradoxical effect is an effect of medical treatment, usually a drug, opposite to the effect which would normally be expected. An example of a paradoxical reaction is suicidal ideation caused by antidepressants.”

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February 6, 2018

On 1st February, “Time to Talk Day”, Maureen Watt, Minister for Mental Health in Scotland, took to Twitter and encouraged us “to take the time to talk more openly about how we feel”.  Never one to normally need encouragement to air my views, I found this invitation too...

January 25, 2018

January 18th, 2018, Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Mental Health, attended a Public Petitions Committee meeting at the Scottish Parliament. This was the second hearing of the Petition “Prescribed Drug Dependence and Withdrawal”, which specifically relates to antidepres...

June 20, 2017

 Dear BBC Radio Scotland,

Kaye Adams Programme - Prescribed Medication "addiction"

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

I cannot believe the naivety, bordering on ignorance of Graham Watts, Consultant Hypnotherapist, in relation to prescription drug dependence.  He obviously knows...

June 15, 2017

  

Beverley Thorpe questions whether Scotland is implementing an evidence-based approach to the prescribing of antidepressants.

At a time when the dominant medical model of mental health means prescription rates of antidepressants in Scotland are soaring, should we...

June 14, 2017

The game of golf and America’s opioid epidemic may seem worlds apart, but the cause of Tiger Woods’ latest arrest might tell a different story. Are there lessons we can learn from Tiger’s pain?

The increasing prevalence in the US of chronic pain and opioid abuse has bee...

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