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  • Psychiatric drug use could be reduced by 98 percent, Peter Gotzsche, MD

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    “I believe we could reduce our current usage of psychotropic drugs by 98% and at the same time improve people’s mental health and survival (see Chapter 14),” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 1 Introduction of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

    “The most important reason for the current drug disaster it is that leading psychiatrists have allowed the drug industry to corrupt their academic discipline and themselves.”

    Book Written for Patients

    Book written for patients, especially those wanting to come off of their drugs

    “I have written this book primarily for the patients, particularly those who have desperately wanted to come off their drugs but were met with hostile and arrogant reactions from their doctors, and I shall explain how it is possible to safely taper drugs (Chapter 12).

    Book Written for Patients

    Book written for patients, especially those wanting to come off of their drugs

    “I have also written the book for young psychiatrists in training in the hope that it could inspire them to revolutionise their specialty, which is badly needed. One sign that psychiatry is in deep crisis is that more than half the patients believe their mental disorder is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. They have this misperception from their doctors, which means that more than half the psychiatrists lie to their patients. I know of no other specialty whose practitioners lie to their patients. Psychiatrists also lie to themselves and to the public, and I shall give many examples of official statements that exaggerate the benefits of psychiatric interventions by five to ten times and underestimate the harmful effects by a similar factor.


    Those at the top he calls Silverbacks

    “Those at the top of the hierarchy I call “silverbacks,” since they are almost always males and behave like primate silverbacks in the jungle, keeping others away from absolute power, which in nature carries rewards such as easy access to females – in psychiatry this translates into money and fame. These silverbacks suffer from collective, organised denial. They refuse to see the damage they cause even when the evidence is overwhelming. Further, they have united around a number of myths and misconceptions, which they defend stubbornly but which are very harmful for patients.”

    Other Quotes from This Book

    Other quotes from Prof. Gotzsche’s book

    Other quotes from Prof. Gotzsche’s book can be found here.

    Other Comments from Prof. Gotzsche

    Other Comments from Prof. Gotzsche found here

    Other comments by Prof. Gotzsche (which includes other quotes from this book) can be found here.

    A Must-Read Book

    This is a must-read book for anyone interested in psychiatric drugs

    For anyone interested in psychiatric drugs, this is a must-read book.

    Anyone who thinks that psychiatric drugs are safe and effective must read this book.

    Anyone who thinks that you can believe the published research about these drugs must read this book.

    Anyone who thinks that you can believe what the American Psychiatric Association says about these drugs must read this book.

    Anyone who thinks that you can believe what the US National Institutes of Mental Health says about these drugs must read this book.

    Anyone who thinks that you can believe what the FDA says about the safety of these drugs must read this book.

    My Mother Suffered Tragically From These Drugs

    Larry’s mother suffered tragically from psychiatric drugs

    My mother (Larry Hobbs’s mother) suffered tragically from psychiatric drugs, so this topic is of great interest to me.

    About the Peter C. Gøtzsche, MD

    Professor Peter C. Gøtzsche graduated as a Master of Science in biology and chemistry in 1974 and as a physician in 1984. He is a specialist in internal medicine; worked in the drug industry 1975-83, and at hospitals in Copenhagen 1984-95. With about 80 others, he helped start The Cochrane Collaboration in 1993 with the founder, Sir Iain Chalmers, and established The Nordic Cochrane Centre the same year. He became professor of Clinical Research Design and Analysis in 2010 at the University of Copenhagen.

    Gøtzsche has published more than 70 papers in “the big five” (BMJ, Lancet, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine and New England Journal of Medicine) and his scientific works have been cited over 15,000 times.

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    Psychiatry Has Spiraled Out of Control, Peter Gotzsche, MD 

    1% of US children up to only four years of age are on psychotropic drugs, Peter Gotzsche, MD

    It Should Be Forbidden To Make a Second Diagnosis While Someone Is On Drugs, Peter Gotzsche, MD 

    All Psychiatric Diagnoses and Interventions Can Cause Harm, Peter Gotzsche, MD

    Screening for Depression is Harmful, Peter Gotzsche, MD 

    Many People Are Wrongly Diagnosed With Schizophrenia, Peter Gotzsche, MD

    One-Fourth of Healthy People [Wrongly] Got A Psychiatric Diagnosis, Peter Gotzsche, MD 

    Risk of suicide caused by SSRI’s grossly underestimated, Peter Gotzsche, MD 

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    DSM-IV created three false epidemics: ADHD, autism and childhood bipolar disorder, Peter Gotzsche MD

    Psychiatric drugs kill more than 500,000 people 65 and older each year, Peter Gotzsche, MD

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