It seems to me that our Irish Courts rely far to much on psychiatric ‘expert’ advise. What am I on about today, you might ask?
In a 2004 paper entitled ‘Expert Witness Perceptions of Bias in Experts’, Michael Commons et al had this to say:
“There are many ideal qualities for expert witnesses. The objectivity of the expert witness, in psychiatry or elsewhere, is one of the more valued qualities that an expert hopes to bring to the legal system, despite the latter’s necessarily partisan adversarial structure. Despite this ideal, dealing with bias constitutes one of the central challenges for expert witnesses in the legal system.”
I have never made any apologies for my caustic opinion of Irish Psychiatry (collectively) and I’m not about to now. Not just Patricia Casey and Ted Dinan but Irish psychiatry as a whole are like a pack of
wolves cards ready to come tumbling down, drowning in their own chemically imbalanced pool of serotonin. They operate under the guise of helping people, and yet after my son died, while we were flailing about looking for answers, they went on the defensive and repeatedly kicked us when we were down. Protecting their medical model while bullying the living and discrediting the dead is not only unethical but inhumanity at its worst. Attending victims’ inquests as ‘independent’ experts while taking payment from the drug companies at issue is biased in the extreme.
The only reason that psychiatry Ireland were represented at my son’s inquest (by Patricia Casey who also had links to Lundbeck) was because I publicly stated that Lundbecks’ Cipramil/Celexa was the catalyst for my son’s death. What amazes me is that the Irish College of Psychiatry have ‘charity’ status here. I would have thought that being charitable would be an essential requisite for setting up a charity. Obviously not!
Getting back to my original point; After my son’s inquest the college released a statement here. Along with the implied message that Professor Healy’s testimony was fabricated, they further stated that “Antidepressants are effective in the treatment of depression and thus lead to a reduction in suicidal thoughts. The effective treatment of depression is an important means of reducing suicide rates.” Now you see, therein lies the problem. In Kinsella v Rafferty  IEHC 529, (Full Case here), the Court listened to two psychiatrists. It found on the evidence of Dr. Lane that in the case of antidepressant medication, in at least 50% of cases, perhaps up to 70%, no improvement resulted and there was no return to normal functioning. Dr. Tobin, whilst disagreeing with the higher figure of 70% as being too pessimistic, nonetheless agreed that in cases of severe anxiety disorder, the failure rate in treatment was of the order of 50%.
Put your faith in the hands of the Irish College of Phishy Psychiatry, at your own risk. Have I been clear enough on my opinion?
By the way, I did invite Patricia Casey and Ted Dinan to our Wicklow talk but neither replied!