Some of the many useful links & people that helped me make sense of my Life Journey

For those in emotional distress that may need a listening ear: Samaritans ~ 116 123

Antidepressants and the Placebo Effect: The Emperor’s New Drugs by Irving Kirsch, Ph.D.

Antidepressant-associated Mania and Psychosis resulting in Psychiatric admissions ~

Yale study (2001) ~

Tardive Dysphoria: Anti-depressants can turn mild/moderate Depression into a chronic condition ~

Robert Whitaker speaking in Denmark, 2012 “For so long the voice of those who have been treated has been ignored”

A collection of resources on Open Dialogue and Open Dialogue practices ~

Mental health pilot focus of Finnish film ‘Open Dialogue’ (West Cork) ~

Soteria ~ a network of people in the UK promoting the development of drug-free and minimum medication therapeutic environments for people in distress ~

Think Twice: How the Gut’s “Second Brain” Influences Mood and Well-Being ~

What’s happening? Am I dying? Dr Aine Turbridy (on Panic attacks and Anxiety) ~

‘Physician heal thyself’ may be impossible task for a Psychiatry profession in crisis ~

Depressing truth about treating depression in the young” Niamh Drohan ~

Council for Evidence Based Psychiatry ~

Psychiatrist / Psychopharmacologist Prof David Healy ~

Study 329 – where the hell is the outrage? by Dr Malcolm Kendrick (Seroxat) ~

Danish doctor Peter Gøtzsche is co-founder of the respected Cochrane Collaboration.

Interview ~

Dr Michael Corry at 19 mins discusses the lack of training of Psychiatrists in the area of therapy ~

Deaths in the UK connected to SSRI use ~

ER Doctor Sues Psychiatrist ~

“Government needs to see mental health as an economic issue” Keith Gaynor ~

Interview with Prof Ivor Browne and a young girl he helped called Ruth O’Doherty ~

Dylan Tighe speaking to Ivor Browne ~

Most people labelled as having Depression have suffered grief that hasn’t been resolved

Irish prescriptions for antidepressants, close to 450,000 annually, are “very much a creation of psychiatry” says Professor Ivor Browne. He tells Kate Shanahan there are no instant solutions to problems that reflect a deeper hurt”

Interview by Psychiatrist Dr Peter Breggin with Psychiatrist Dr Joanna Moncrieff ( 8 mins in ) ~

“Dr Terry Lynch is an Irish GP who became a psychotherapist and now devotes himself to helping people through his practice, his books, and his courses for professionals and the public” (19th July 2017)

Dr Terry Lynch’s website ~

‘The Myth of the chemical cure’ Dr Joanna Moncrieff ~

Bob Fiddaman Blog (Mental Health activist) ~

“GROWing towards recovery: a re-enchantment with life – Mike Watts” ~

GROWing towards recovery: a re-enchantment with life – Dr Peter Lehmann ~

Peter Lehmann “Recovery from Psychosis and Depression by Taking Psychiatric Drugs versus Recovery by Coming off Psychiatric Drugs”

Psychiatrist Daniel Carlat – Unhinged: The Trouble with Psychiatry ~

Psychiatrist Colin Ross:

Drug safety website ~

Guide for stopping anti-depressants (under supervision of medical professional)

Coming Off Psychiatric Medication ~ (information for Prescribers)

Recording from The International Society for Ethical Psychology & Psychiatry (ISEPP) Conference. A mother (nurse) speaks of how difficult it was for her son to come off Paxil (Seroxat).

History of Irish Psychiatry ~ Behind The Walls by Mary Raftery:

Part 1 ~

Part 2 ~

Mary Maddock: a survivor of ECT and decades of Psychiatric drugging ~

“Leading Irish Psychologist warns against taking drugs for stress” ~

“Phil Fennell, Professor of Law at Cardiff University, looks at mental health legislation

in Britain and elsewhere, and draws lessons for reform of Ireland’s Mental Health Act 2001.

Phil was speaking at an Amnesty International Ireland conference on mental health law reform

in March 2013″ ~

Prof George Szmukler (speaking at same conference) ~ (sound not great)

Tony Bates, clinical Psychologist “Coming Through Depression” ~

“Dreaming of a life outside Prozac prison”

Will Self ~ Psychiatrists: the drug pushers ~

The Rosenhan experiment proved Psychiatry to be a fake Science 40 years ago.
David Rosenhan ~ Being sane in insane places ~

“Psychiatric diagnosis not scientific but subjective” by Ciaran Crummey ~

R D Laing used work of Nash and Game theory to study human relationships (18 & 25 mins)

Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation in patients with recurrent self-harm. Hallahan et al 2007 ~

Dr. Allen Frances on the Risks of DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistics Manual) – The Lens Report ~

Dr Allen Frances (chair of the taskforce that wrote the DSM-IV) writing about DSM-V (2013) ~

TED talk on “Schizophrenia” Connecting to Madness | Jim van Os ~

“Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia” (revised version) ~

Bipolar / Manic Depression

Making sense of Manic and Psychotic episodes (Dr Terry Lynch) ~

“It is not known how frequently severe PMS is misdiagnosed as bipolar disease by Psychiatrists but it does occur”

Bipolar InOrder by Tom Wootton et al

Book reviewed by John Grohol

Moving From Bipolar Disorder To Bipolar IN Order

“The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive” presented by Stephen Fry ~

How to Avoid a Manic Episode ~ (some information relevant)

‘I was unaware of potential adverse effects to my prescribed antidepressants’ ~

One woman’s account of suffering from psychosis ~

8 Tips to Help Stop Ruminating ~


Depression, Manic Depression and Psychosis seen as Spiritual Openings ~

Sean Blackwell’s work ~

Corrina Rachel speaking to Sean Blackwell about Bipolar ~


Stephanie Sorrell and Eleanor Stoneham ‘Depression as a Spirutal Journey’ ~

Violence associated with prescribed Psychiatric substances (and withdrawal from same)

Yolande Lucire ~ Adverse reactions to Psychiatric drugs:

Dr. Peter Breggin’s Testimony at Veterans Affairs Committee On

“Antidepressant-Induced Suicide, Violence and Mania: Implications for the Military”:

Suicidality, violence and mania caused by SSRIs: A review and analysis ~

Paxil (Seroxat) Maker Held Liable in Murder / Suicide ~ Donal Schell case ~

“A lecture by Prof David Healy from the Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical

Neurosciences at Cardiff University on the over 100 drugs that can cause violence” (2013)

“Prescription Drugs Associated with Reports of Violence Towards Others” ~

Harvard Professor Joseph Glenmullen MD

“Forensic testing of blood can now determine if anti- depressants were the cause of violent behaviour, including murder or suicide, new research has found”

Leonie Fennell’s blog ~

Research Suggests that Forensic Psychological Examinations are Unreliable and Biased ~

ECT (Electric Convulsive Therapy)

Barbaric age of electric shock ‘cure’ must vanish by Dr Michael Corry ~

Over many years studies of ECT have shown no long-term benefit, only a temporary relief of

symptoms due to confusion and brain damage” Prof Ivor Browne (June 2008) ~

An informed consent form for Electric shock treatment by Psychiatrist Dr Bob Johnson ~


Quote from Psychiatrist Dr Joanna Moncrieff ~ “The idea that we are doomed by our genetic make-up to develop life-threatening or disabling conditions is surely a profoundly depressing one.

We will likely never be able to fully account for why some people experience extreme mental states, but we know that poverty, unemployment, insecure attachments, familial disruption, low self-esteem, abuse etc. play a role for many. We would be better concentrating on how to eliminate these from our society if we really want to reduce the impact of mental disorder, rather that pouring more money into the bottomless pit of genetic research” ~

“Prior to initiating treatment with an antidepressant, patients with depressive symptoms should be adequately screened to determine if they are at risk for bipolar disorder; such screening should include a detailed psychiatric history, including a family history of suicide, bipolar disorder, and depression” That came from

Why do people react badly to drugs?

Not all people are born with a full complement of metabolising enzymes, and sometimes the ones they do have are duplicated (genetic polymorphism), leading to compromised, absent, or very rapid metabolism of drugs. In this situation, side effects occur, ranging from mild to life-threatening. Side effects also occur with changes of dose, up or down, or when starting or stopping medication, and sometimes months after stopping. Once they set in, they are difficult to reverse” (Yolande Lucire, Forensic Psychiatrist)

An illness like any other ?

“Time to Change has a mission to educate the public and teach that mental illness is an illness like any other. I believe this is the first point on which the campaign is doing a massive dis-service. The problem is that there is yet to be any conclusive evidence that this is the case. There is no physical, objective test that a psychiatrist can carry out in order to diagnose a mental illness. A mental health diagnoses is a label that is based on a consensus about clusters of experiences rather than laboratory tests. As Thomas Insel, the director of The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) stated, ‘In the rest of medicine, this would be equivalent to creating diagnostic systems based

on the nature of chest pain or the quality of fever.’”

The problem with spreading the myth that emotional distress is a biological illness of the brain is that it discourages the view that we are all unique human beings, reacting to the world around us. Difficult life experiences can mean a person can become extremely distressed. Blaming the brain creates a situation where people’s life stories are not heard, and the need for social justice is ignored”

by Flo Bellamy

Adverse effects of Prescribed Psychotropic substances

Prescribed psychotropic substances can have very damaging effects, especially when used long term.

In 2005, a study funded by Eli Lilly, the maker of Zyprexa / Olanzapine, found that chronic / long term exposure to this major tranquilizer causes shrinkage of the brain, “significant reduction in brain volume that affects both gray and white matter”. I first learned this from honest Psychiatrists Dr Peter Breggin and Dr Joanna Moncrieff. I was put on it at what I now consider too high a dosage (10mg) long term in 2008! I did not have informed consent about this powerful but potentially damaging drug !

The Influence of Chronic Exposure to Antipsychotic Medications on Brain Size before and after Tissue Fixation…” ~

Lilly Settles With 18,000 Over Zyprexa / Olanzapine ~

AstraZeneca Settles Most Seroquel Suits ~

Does long term use of psychiatric drugs cause more harm than good? ~

John Rengen Virapen ~ Pharma whistleblower ~

New study concludes Psychiatric drug treatments haven’t resulted in an improvement

in the long-term outcome of patients with “mood disorders”:

Phenomenal rise in prescribing levels by doctors every year

Drug prescriptions rise in England ~

“An extra 34.5 million drugs and other prescription items were given out in 2014 compared to

the year before, the latest snapshot for England shows.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre report reveals prescriptions for antidepressant

medications rose by 7.2% from 53.3m to 57.1m” ~

SPECIAL REPORT: The anti-depressant generation ~

Our €40m drug problem ~

Anti-depressants and Pregnancy

* Education ~ Free course by a doctor from Boston ~Antidepressants & Pregnancy ~
The risks and potential harm to normal fetal development ~

“This free course is by Adam Urato, MD
Adam Urato is Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, and an attending maternal-fetal medicine physician at Tufts Medical Center and MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, MA. An expert witness in antidepressant litigation, he writes and lectures regularly on antidepressant use during pregnancy”

* Panorama ~ The Truth about Pills and Pregnancy (15 mins in) ~

Note ~
Don’t stop or change prescribed drugs without speaking to your prescriber, due to withdrawal

Resources to help those who Hear Voices

Hearing Voices Network

Intervoice (International Hearing Voices Projects) ~

TED video by Eleanor Longden (Voice Hearing) ~

Jacqui Dillon (Voice Hearing) ~

Also check out work of Dutch Psychiatrist Marius Romme


Life After Suicide BBC Documentary 2014 “Documentary. Angela Samata explores why some people take their own lives and how those who love them come to terms with the loss”.

Suicide sanctuary ~

‘Suicide remains a taboo subject, something few people are prepared to talk about’

Denmark ~ “Antidepressant regulations tightened following suicide”:

Antidepressants and suicide: what is the balance of benefit and harm ~

Kerry coroner makes emotional plea over suicides ~


Tranquillisers and methadone send drug-related deaths soaring by 30% ~

Methadone is as dangerous as heroin’. Cork City’s best-known emergency

consultant is not a fan of methadone, the substitution drug used to get addicts off heroin.

Recovery Tool WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)

WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) ~ Mary Ellen Copeland et al:

WRAP App Demo:

WRAP Overview:

WRAP Crisis Plan and Working Through Hard Times (including link to pdf) ~

“Fresh take on mental health care” Dr Pat Bracken /
Sylvia Thompson ~

In Africa, I witnessed how people could recover from the most traumatic experiences with a strong sense of community support. To recover from illness, people need to have a sense of hope, purpose and meaning in their lives and ultimately, this comes more from the culture, economy and relationships they have.”

The Efficacy of Play Therapy With Children: A Meta-Analytic Review of Treatment Outcomes

Where is Happy? by Lou Lou Rose is the second book in a new series that addresses the rise in young children’s anxiety and stress in a practical and helpful way. This beautiful children’s meditation book promotes self-esteem and self-confidence in a way children can relate to. Children’s quest to find ‘happy’ brings them closer to home than they could have ever imagined”

Men’s Sheds ~

Severe Injury and Death in Psychiatric Industry

“Teen girl in care of HSE to continue anti-psychotic medication despite her mother’s objection “:

An Irish mother’s fight against forced medication ~

Anna Byrne. The Anti-depressants Seroxat and Sertraline are mentioned in this article ~

The Inquest of Jake McGill Lynch (age 14) ~

Teen who took own life ‘failed by mental health services’ ~
Inquest hears Dan Hogan (17) was ‘traumatised’ by 26 day stay in inpatient unit ~

Maria Bradshaw’s account of her son Toran’s suicide in NZ. Toran was 17 ~

Inquest of Teresa Mullaney from Sligo ~

Antidepressant Use in Children, Adolescents, and Adults ~ FDA black box warning ~



One thought on “Some of the many useful links & people that helped me make sense of my Life Journey

  1. Aine this is a very, very sad journey you had, I can relate to all you went through. When you come out the other end you feel absolutely physically and mentally exhausted from it all. I hit a terrible depression when I came off SSRIS and just wanted to stay in bed and never come out into the world again. I was also done with professionals and the system.

    Trouble is it doesn’t leave you does it even afterwards because you look back at all the damage and realise this shouldn’t have happened. You then feel angry and look for answers only to find with horror your not alone. Then you start to see it happening in other people and want to warn them also. Everyone you talk to in the system ignores you which leaves you ending up researching it yourself. Then when you go back with your findings your still ignored or fobbed off with unhelpful answers/comments.

    Something is not right with the health system that’s for sure to be ignoring all of us that have been harmed. I am getting to the point I’m seeing these professionals as evil for ignoring us when we try to tell them. They are putting other patients lives at risk by ignoring us. They know damn well we were harmed. It is all just making me so angry at the moment as I still struggle today with all the damage that was done just like yourself.

    It is great that you have told your story though and you have told it in such detail. I’m glad you also highlighted all the emotional distress you went through and the PTSD it left you with because this is what most of us go through who were harmed. It helps people to recognise what is happening to them.

    I’m glad you have survived it and are now helping others by telling your story, its people like you Aine that give other people hope and strength to get through their suffering.

    Thank you for telling your story


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