Antidepressants Victory

Dr Vernon Coleman MB ChB DSc FRSA

The Daily Mail is claiming 'a major victoryí for its campaign to warn patients of the side effects associated with antidepressants.

Well, it is a major victory.

But not for the Daily Mail.

Iíve been campaigning on this very issue for over a quarter of a century.

After my campaign forced the Government to take action over the problems caused by the benzodiazepines, I warned that antidepressants would be over-promoted Ė and that they too caused serious side effects.

As a result I was widely ridiculed and attacked.

That was in 1988.

Iíve been campaigning about anti-depressants ever since Ė with books and articles and on this website.

So itís a bit of a cheek for the Daily Mail to pop up and claim all the credit for itself.

Itís a bit like a spectator claiming victory when a football team has won a match.

If the Daily Mail had joined my campaign earlier we could have won this battle decades ago.

Copyright Vernon Coleman May 30th 2019

My book The Benzos Story tells the story of the benzodiazepine tranquillisers from the 1960s to the 1980s Ė when doctors were finally warned of the dangers associated with their use. It is available as a paperback on Amazon.

My book Psychiatry Ė Black art and confidence trick is available as an eBook.