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  • Prescriptions for antidepressants written in 3 minutes or less, Peter Gotzsche, MD

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    Tuesday, November 10, 2015 6:10 am Email this article

    “A 1993 study in the United States by the Rand Corporation showed that: Over half the physicians wrote prescriptions after discussing depression with patients for three minutes or less,” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 2 What does it mean to be mentally ill? of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

    Doctors Often Use Hunches; This is Very Unfortunate

    Doctors often use hunches about what is wrong

    “Studies have shown that doctors quite often don’t use the official checklists but, rather, their hunch about what might be wrong, which increases the risk of misdiagnosis and overdiagnosis even more.”

    “This is a very unfortunate development.

    “Serious mental illness is often linked to previous traumas, and childhood adversities triple the risk of developing psychosis.

    “If the medical history isn’t uncovered – which takes time – the treatments applied will usually be pretty ineffective.

    “Even Robert Spitzer, who was the driving force behind the new checklist approach to psychiatric diagnoses in his capacity as chairman of the working group for DSM-III, now recognizes that what he introduced and believed in has had unfortunate consequences.”

    Only Half Of People In Treatment Met The Criteria

    Only half of people in treatment met the criteria for the disorder

    “Although there are 374 diagnoses in DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), only half of people who were in treatment met diagnostic criteria for a disorder.”

    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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