Launch of the Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry

James Davies, a co-founder of the Council, writes: 

The official launch of CEP will take place on 30th April 2014 in the Houses of Parliament, London. And to mark the occasion two eminent critics will address the invited audience of journalists, MPs, policy makers, practitioners and survivor advocates. Dr. Joanna Moncrieff, a senior researcher and psychiatrist at University College London, will first talk about the exaggerated benefits of psychotropic medications, discussing the largely ignored evidence of their toxic and long-term debilitating effects.

She will be followed by Professor Peter Gotzsche, director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre and co-founder of the Cochrane Collaboration, the gold standard for the review of medical research data.  He will talk about failed drug regulation, buried negative clinical trial data, conflicts of interest at medical journals, drug-induced harms, and other issues familiar to Mad in America subscribers.

Both speakers are members of CEP and so reflect the organisation’s core belief: that we are in the midst of a psychiatric drug epidemic with devastating consequences for public health. During the launch we will also show short films of survivor stories, to bring to life how damaging the impact of psychiatric treatment can be.

"Is Anakin Skywalker suffering from borderline personality disorder?"

Today’s lead article in Qmedicus: Psychiatry is this:

Is Anakin Skywalker suffering from borderline personality disorder?

Anakin Skywalker, one of the main characters in the “Star Wars” films, meets the criteria for borderline personality disorder (BPD). This finding is interesting for it may partly explain the commercial success of these movies among adolescents and be useful in educating the general public and medical students about BPD symptoms.

I haven’t been able to get hold of the full text yet, but I have a question:

Maybe Anakin’s symptoms were caused by his growing up a slave and a child labourer?

Tanks to Sigrun_