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Well-Being Foundation Award

The Well-Being Foundation: “It’s that time of year. Time mag, the IT, the Grauniad, they all do it. We’re not great ones for PoY awards, partly because they exclude so many deserving people, but for once — Leonie Fennell is our Woman of the Year. Hero!” 

Photo Courtesy of Caroline
Photo Courtesy of Caroline

Aw shucks! I’m not quite sure what to say here, except – I’m very proud to accept the ‘Woman of the Year’ award from the Well-Being Foundation. This Foundation was set up by Dr Michael Corry and his partner Aine Tubridy.

Taken from the Well-being website following Dr Corry’s death on 22/02/2010 – “If opposition is any sign, then Michael’s campaigns certainly rattled the ‘great and the good’ of Irish psychiatry. Professor Patricia Casey sued him and RTE for libel in 2005, a case settled by the broadcaster, and Professor Ted Dinan of UCC made a complaint to the Fitness to Practice Committee of the IMC over his public comments on the role of SSRIs (in Shane’s case).” Ah yes, so no surprises there then!

It was a pleasure to meet both of these lovely people, albeit, it goes without saying that I wish it was under different circumstances. I accept this award with enormous pride on behalf of myself and Shane, particularly as it’s coming from the Well-being Foundation. Thank you, and rest in Peace Dr Corry and Aíne Tubridy!

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Dr Corry and Aine Tubridy

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The Irish College of Phishy Psychiatry.

The Four Courts

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 [2012] 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!

Expert Witness Perceptions of Bias in Experts.

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Psychiatric Meds and Mass Murder

Magic BulletThe Systemic Correlation Between Psychiatric Medications and Unprovoked Mass Murder in America.





Here’s a very interesting paper: ‘The Systemic Correlation Between Psychiatric Medications and Unprovoked Mass Murder in America’ written by Jeanne M. Stolzer, Professor of Child and Adolescent Development at the University of Nebraska-Kearney in Nebraska. Click on the link at the top of the page to access the full pdf.

First paragraph…

“Since the beginning of the human race, violence has permeated every civilization in recorded history. However, over the last 10-15 years, violence of an unprecedented nature has become common place across America. Young male killers are opening fire in movie theatres, shopping malls, and schools with no apparent motivation. Innocent six- and seven-year-old American children are shot to death as they sit in their first grade classrooms. We as a nation are stunned, despondent, and angry. How could this happen? Why is this happening? How can we prevent such tragedy from occurring in the future? On December 17, 2012, President Barack Obama addressed the nation at a memorial service for the 20 first grade children and the six school employees who were shot to death at a public school in Newtown, Connecticut. The president of the United States consoled the American public and made it absolutely clear that change was needed in order to stop the senseless carnage that is occurring in America…….”


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Patricia Casey v Veronica O’Keane



Professor Veronica O' Keane

Yesterday Veronica O’Keane accused Patricia Casey of bias on the Pat Kenny radio show. Professor Casey was not a happy camper, it has to be said. This has got to be one of the funniest moments ever captured on radio (despite the serious topic); or maybe it’s just my weird sense of humour?

The Independent wrote about it here. Here’s an excerpt: “Veronica O’Kane, professor of psychiatry at UCD, accused her university colleague Patricia Casey of bias and described her survey as “anti-scientific” and “an absolute farce.” OOH, a court case, I can feel it in me waters!

In case you’re wondering what I’m wittering on about, have a listen for yourself. The ‘stroppy’ section is around the 1.46 mark…
Pat Kenny
By the way, the presenter of the show, Pat Kenny, can be heard on Dylan Tighe’s programme here going on about the chemical imbalance with his regular side-kick Jim Lucey. The relevant bit is in the first minute of the programme. Have you any proof of that chemical imbalance Pat? No wonder Ireland’s in the state that it’s in, when even the experts can’t agree on anything and radio presenters spout irresponsible rubbish as fact.
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The 3 musketeers? Lundbeck, the Irish College of Psychiatry and the Irish Medical Council.

The 3 MusketeersAll for one and one for all?

Now I know a lot of you may think I’m a little delusional or at the very least a slightly emotional, conspiracy theorist. Some of you may think (or not) that that’s understandable, albeit a tad hard to believe. Some may just think that I’m not the full shilling, I understand that and accept it. Either way, bear with me if you will.

I have made no secret of the fact that I thought Professor Patricia Casey and the Irish College of Psychiatry’s involvement in Shane’s inquest was, how do I put this; a little strange! I also made no secret that I found it ‘strange’ that the Irish College of Psychiatry would choose to send someone with a long history of working for lundbeck (the drug company who invented Citalopram), to my son’s inquest. Considering Citalopram is the drug I blame for Shane’s death, I wondered whether she was representing psychiatry Ireland or lundbeck that day?

Still bearing with me?

In 2010 I sent off a ‘Freedom Of Information’ request to Lundbeck which I happened to be going through this week. Most of it was newspaper clippings from the various media outlets in Ireland and a few e-mails with a lot of redaction. I came across one e-mail which I had somehow missed before. It’s an internal e-mail to members of the Irish College of Psychiatry, from the College President Justin Brophy, referring to their decision not to address the antidepressant ‘issue’ raised by the ‘Shane Clancy Affair’.

Well here’s the conspiracy theorist bit;

Why did Lundbeck have access to private ‘internal’ e-mails sent by Justin Brophy to members of the Irish College of Psychiatrists? Who forwarded this ‘internal’ e-mail to a pharmaceutical company implicated in my son’s death? There’s quite a few members of Irish Psychiatry who have financial ties to Lundbeck; does that surprise you? Me a conspiracy theorist?

The Irish Medical Council is a public body set up by statute. Section 38 of the ‘Medical Practitioners Act’ 1978, provides:“The Council shall from time to time determine, in relation to each specialty recognised by it, the body or bodies which the Council shall recognise in the State for the purpose of granting evidence of satisfactory completion of specialist training.”The Medical Council currently approves the Irish College of Psychiatry for the purpose of granting ‘evidence of satisfactory completion’ of psychiatric training. In August 2010, we made a complaint to the Irish Medical Council regarding the care, or lack thereof, that Shane received in his last few weeks. Similarly, the Medical Council also asked an expert with financial ties to Lundbeck (PJ Cowen), to compile an expert ‘independent’ report on my son’s case. So is it possible that the dubious relationship between Lundbeck and the Irish College of psychiatry, if not addressed, could lead the Medical Council, as a public body, open to a ‘perception of bias’? Or maybe it’s just a case of the old boy’s network, and the families of the victims are never invited? Well, you’ll have to make up your own mind, mine’s firmly made up!

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My ‘Mad in America’ article…

Mad in AmericaToday my article was published on Robert Whitaker’s ‘Mad in America’ website, here.

This follows the publication of my November article in the Irish Independent, here. I really appreciate the publication of my work/views, particularly as it might just warn somebody, or give an insight into the corrupt pharmaceutical industry. The most telling sentence in the Independent article is the last one “The Irish Medicines Board declined to comment.” It would be laughable if it wasn’t so tragic. The body entrusted with the safety of Irish medicine couldn’t or wouldn’t clarify the situation?

I have previously quoted John Le Carré; speaking of his fictional writings of the pharma industry, he said “…But I can tell you this. As my journey through the pharmaceutical jungle progressed, I came to realise that, by comparison with the reality, my story was as tame as a holiday postcard.” From my experiences since Shane died in 2009, I think even John Le Carré may have underestimated the extent of the corruption within the pharmaceutical industry, which tapers all the way down to your friendly, or not so friendly, GP.

The pharma corruption is then firmly established by psychiatry’s active and frantic denials of any problems with the pills they prescribe. Even our KOPs (Key Opinion Leader’s) in Irish psychiatry will attend inquests in order to argue that the victims death was due to his/her own fault and not the fault of the drug itself. They will trample over the dead bodies and grieving relatives in order that the defense of the drug be heard.

In case I sound like a ‘conspiracy theorist’ here, let me clarify that one. I believe that antidepressants (SSRIs in particular) cause suicide and cause homicide, among other terrible reactions. I believe that that is what happened in the case of Shane, my son. I firmly believe that psychiatry worldwide know full well that these drugs are very dangerous, but are protecting their own monetary interests. People say that these drugs save lives, and maybe that is the case, BUT, that has nothing to do with the fact that they can also kill. My son never offered to be a number in the carcrash of collateral damage left behind.

So, that’s why I appreciate the publication of my work.  If you are reading this, maybe you will be pre-warned of the possible dangers, when you or a loved-one are prescribed these drugs.


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Dr Terry Lynch “100 years of misinformation in Psychiatry”

It’s unusual, to say the least, that a doctor will speak out against psychiatry, especially in Ireland. The College of Psychiatry of Ireland, as previously seen with Shane’s Case here, are staunch defenders of their misinformation and equally staunch defenders of the medical model, antidepressants in particular. Apart from Prof Healy, there are very few Irish medical professionals who are willing to risk the wrath of Irish Psychiatry. There have been some notable exceptions; Irish Psychiatrist Pat Bracken wrote this paper recently “Psychiatric Power: A Personal View” by Pat Bracken. This paper questions, inter alia, psychiatry’s use of dubious drugs. In this paper Pat Bracken questions the power that psychiatry has in Ireland, stating: “the decision-making powers that are currently given to psychiatry cannot be justified on either scientific or moral grounds”.

Then there was the lovely Dr Corry RIP who died on 22/02/2010. He spoke out against antidepressants saying that these drugs could tip someone into suicidal and homicidal behaviour. Dr Corry who was speaking in defense of Shane and against SSRI’s, then became the subject of a medical council complaint initiated by Prof Timothy Dinan of University College Cork. Prof Dinan is an advocate for antidepressants and has worked as a speaker for a lot of pharmaceutical companies, including Lundbeck (the makers of Citalopram, the drug Shane was on). Here is Prof Dinan again, who will be speaking for Lundbeck at the Nov 2012 symposium in Barcelona. Link. Note the nice BIG Cipralex advertisment at the end of the programme.

Another Irish doctor who is becoming increasingly outspoken against the misinformation in mental health and psychiatry is Dr Terry Lynch. He is the author of two books: ‘Beyond Prozac’ and his latest one ‘Selfhood‘. Here he is speaking out against psychiatry on YouTube; It’s 13 minutes long and well worth a watch. I’d be careful if I was you Terry, you know Irish Psychiatry don’t like to be contradicted….

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Antidepressants in the Irish Media..

This is an article from todays newspaper in Northern Ireland. You rarely see an article like this down here unless it’s written by an ex user of antidepressants or survivor of a psychiatric institute.

Usually articles published about antidepressants in the National newspapers are by psychiatrists defending/denying the side effects and extolling the virtues of this medication or articles with token statements by doctors who happen to be on the payroll of one or more of the big Pharma.

The only other newspaper with the guts to tackle this issue seems to be the Irish Examiner and previously the Tribune.




Users must be told more about anti-depressants

Monday, 2 January 2012


According to reports, anti-depressant drug usage is up again. Prescription rates have gone up. In fact, the reasons for people feeling low can be many and varied. People do experience problems and upsets in life that may result in mental troubles, sometimes very serious. But to represent that these troubles can only be alleviated with dangerous drugs is dishonest and harmful. Informed consent does not get the attention it deserves.
Regarding anti-depressants, being fully informed about the drugs and adverse reactions would very likely result in their usage declining. Being fully informed about anti-depressants would include knowing the drugs have been linked to effects such as, but not limited to, higher heart disease, stroke risk, internal bleeding, birth defects, as well as alarming and paradoxical effects that include violence and aggression, suicidal thoughts and suicidal behaviour.
Being informed would also include knowing that a psychiatric theory for feeling low, a so-called ‘chemical imbalance of the brain’, is unproven – not scientific fact. Psychiatrists have shrouded this idea in medical legitimacy, when there is no means of testing to see if a ‘chemical imbalance’ exists.
Real medicine addresses actual physical disease, while psychiatric diagnoses and ‘medicine’ are devoted solely to the categorisation and ‘treatment’ of symptoms.
Make a New Year’s resolution to be fully informed about the effects of psychiatric drugs.

Link to article.

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Wexford suicide; what is being done?

On Thursday (8thDec), eight inquests were performed in the Wexford Coroner’s Court. Six of these Inquests involved suicide.

I would like to know what is being done about this, is it just being accepted? Did any of our (extremely well paid) ‘esteemed’ experts take the opportunity to figure out if there was a common denominator here? Were any or all of these victims on medication with known suicidal side-effects, usually antidepressants? Did any of our ‘top’ experts on suicidology use this opportunity to get to the underlying cause? I realise that suicide is a very sensitive subject and not all families want (or are able) to talk about the suicide of family members, but some, like my family will want to know the reasons behind it.

I have previously spoken to a person from the central statistics office who told me that there are no statistics held for suicide victims and the medication they were on at the time of their death. This is done in other countries, so why not here? A Swedish writer, Janne Larrson, has written a paper on the subject. Here.

Wexford has had a big problem with suicide for a number of years; in 2005 the Irish Independent reported that Wexford had the second highest rate of suicide in the country.

I personally spoke to a pathologist, whose name I won’t mention, who said, that in the last 5 autopsies that he has performed on suicide victims, 4 had been recently introduced to an ssri antidepressant. His opinion is that there is a big problem in this country with these drugs. He also said that after one particular Inquest, he was approached by one of Irelands ‘leading’ psychiatrists who said that if he continued to say what he was saying, he would be doing Irish Psychiatry out of their jobs.

For the benefit of people in countries not originally colonized by England, who have no idea what an inquest is; A Coroner conducts an inquest (in public) into any violent, suspicious or unexplained death. The purpose of an Inquest is to determine ‘who, how, when and where’ a person has died. In Ireland, Inquests are regulated by The Coroners Act 1962.

A letter published coincidently on Thurs 8th, in the Irish Times Letter section prompted, I think, by Dr Moosajee Bhamjee’s proposal to add lithium to Irish drinking water in a bid to lower the suicide rate (more medication, did he ever hear of informed consent), gives his opinion on psychiatry and their practice of medicating for human distress!

A chara, – If any branch of medicine thinks it can medicate its way out of a “problem”, it is psychiatry. Irrespective of attacks on human and constitutional rights (letters, passim) the idea of putting lithium into drinking water is flippant and fanciful.

While depressive symptoms arising out of adverse social conditions might be “managed” this way, the causes – unemployment, poverty, deprivation, negative equity – remain untouched. However, if psychiatrists could prescribe money in the way the Government “prescribed” it for the banks and bondholders . . . – Is mise,


Lecturer in Psychiatric Nursing,

School of Nursing and


Trinity College Dublin,

D’Olier Street, Dublin 2.

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Psychiatry; Paid Drug-Company puppets?

Mad Pride Wesite…Link.

John Mc’Carty.

September 29, 2011

Medications can cause suicide.

Can you imagine that as a headline. A Professor of Psychiatry said that last Saturday in UCC. Said he knew of tablets that cause some people to commit suicide. Not one of the national suicide agencies were there. Where was Dan Neville FG TD? He researches suicide. Where was Professor Ted Dinan ? He teaches psychiatry in UCC.

I spoke from a platform last Saturday in UCC, at a conference organised by Health Action International Europe and Critical Voices Network Ireland. Title: ‘Mad Medicine: Do conflicts of interest drive you crazy?’

Professor David Healy, professor of Psychiatry at Cardiff, is originally from Dublin. He has an international reputation for being a thorn in the side of the combination of academic psychiatry and big pharma. He stated it was ‘psychiatric suicide’ for a psychiatrist to question the adverse effects of psychiatric drugs. Professional suicide because his professional colleagues isolate him for heresy! We are looking for whistleblowers. We are framing legislation and we have a professor stating that he is being portrayed as some type of informer if he speaks out. Healy said all invitations from ‘inside’ the status quo had dried up.

Maybe we should not try to make heroes of the whistleblowers, but begin to name shame and disgrace those in the public domain, who deliberately cause whistleblowers to be afraid. Look to the media to investigate the professional agencies like the College of Psychiatry to ask how do they support those members who challenge the accepted beliefs of their profession. Ask what support mechanisms they have in place to assist members who risk their careers to expose a whiff of corruption within their own profession.

We should be asking that question of Professor Agnes Higgins, chair of the Irish Mental Health Nurses association – a good friend- but the question deserves an official answer from she and Dr Harry Gijbels, another good friend in the same association. Directors of nursing have growing power, but they have yet to exercise them in the public. We need to hear from them; they could be the peoples’ champions yet. UCC won an award last week as a five star university. It is well deserved, because of people like Lydia Sapouna, Orla O’Donovan, and Harry who are opening the doors to debate. Free speech and opinion, developing thought; kind of why they invented places of learning.

We must honour and protect people like David Healy. We must expose those who make free speech and opinion a shameful exercise. David Healy has a position on ECT that I disagree with. That is his right. He has the right to be wrong! Ha. He gave evidence last year in the Shane Clancy case. Remember that young man who was put on drugs by a doctor, became suddenly violent, killed another young man and himself? Professor Healy testified that the drugs prescribed caused that altered behavior. His parents say over and over Shane was a beautiful young student, Shane asked for medical help, he was given pills and he died.

Shane Clancy killed someone else’s son and then killed himself. Fact. Professor Healy put enough doubt in the jury’s mind at the inquest around the cause of that sudden act of violence that they could not find a verdict of suicide or homicide. Professor Healy stated that Irish teaching professors of psychiatry interfered in that legal process. He said that Big Pharma are legally obliged to declare that certain drugs cause suicide but there is no legal obligation on teaching psychiatrists to say this. He said further that Big Pharma used academic psychiatrists to hide the truth.

Shane Clancy’s parents have been fighting a lone battle since to find a listening ear. All this is explosive information coming from well researched and professional sources. Academics can be a pain in the arse. They were from across the world, speaking and attending that conference last Saturday. Those that organized the conference had no money to pay for professional PR. We exist in a deluded bubble of self congratulation, while big pharma and co have the biggest PR machine in the world. How do I know that? Academic after academic last Saturday stood on the podium and quantified not only how much big pharma spent on lying and making fools of us all.But how they use PR companies to do it. They had researched how they do it.

David Healy called the compliant psychiatrists ‘Cardinals’ and stated that the church in hiding the truth were as amateurs compared to Big Pharma. They stood one after another and they told us of manipulation by Big Pharma through PR. They told us how profitable, powerful and effective PR was for big pharma. Psychiatric nurses are huge targets for pharma PR, after all it is they who get the dirty job of administering the drugs. Had the organisers last Saturday invited one speaker less from the US, they could possibly have made the day’s headlines. They had no budget for PR for the day. They spent a huge amount of time and research on studying how Big Pharma do it and they learned feck all.

We have to have academic research, it is absolutely vital, but jasus lads we have to let the public know the results. There is no point in academics telling academics and going for a pint. The paper doing the rounds in academia pales against the paper making the front page in the paper. There were speakers from Trinity, Sligo, the Lough, Boston, York, Cardiff, the EU European Medcines Agency (the Irish Medicines Board invited, they could not be bothered) EU Parliament (Nessa Childers) Canada, Portugal, Netherlands, UCC and Church Avenue. No money left for PR.

What was announced on Saturday was explosive information and it did not make headline news. You can talk all you like of the responsibility of the media to pick up on the news but we all have to feed the news to the media. The media have a professional responsibility to assess the information, but those who are trying to break the silence around abuse and silence also have a responsibility.