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923 Surviving Pharmageddon

923 Surviving Pharmageddon

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More than 150 million prescriptions are dispensed each year for antidepressant medications. It seems counterintuitive that medicines designed to fight depression might trigger suicidal thoughts or actions. Perhaps that is why so many doctors seem not to have recognized the evidence of this potential side effect. It can also be extremely difficult to stop taking an antidepressant. Prescribers rarely mention that withdrawal symptoms can be disorienting and can take weeks or even months to disappear.

In the book Pharmageddon, Dr. David Healy talks about the pharmaceuticalization of medicine. How did big Pharma seduce so many doctors?

Guest: David Healy, MD, is a professor in psychological medicine at Cardiff University School of Medicine in Wales. He is also the director the North Wales School of Psychological Medicine and former secretary of the British Association for Psychopharmacology. He is the author of Pharmageddon, along with 20 other books and more than 200 articles. His websites are davidhealy.org   and  RxISK.org,   which is designed to collect online direct patient reports of drug effects so that adverse effects can be detected more quickly.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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