The Health Zone is a positive health initiative originating from University College, Cork, Ireland. In September 2016, The Health Zone held its first meeting in Limerick, at which I was an invited speaker.
“Towards emotional and psychological maturity” was the theme of the evening. I build my talk around that theme, and around a related and important issue, the need for a new era in mental health.
Depression is, we are told, one of the commonest medical illnesses globally.
As a medical doctor with over thirty years experience, I am aware that much myth, mystery and misinformation surrounds what we have come to call “depression”.
In the pdf that accompanies this blog, I set out ten facts about depression. Many – perhaps most – of these facts are not commonly understood as facts in relation to depression. This is primarily due to the fact that misinformation has regrettably been regularly churned out regarding depression for over 40 years, a pattern that needs to stop.
By becoming aware of the real facts in relation to depression, you will (a) empower yourself regarding your own understanding, and (b) help towards changing the weight of information regarding depression towards truth, simply be becoming aware of these truth and, if and when feels appropriate, discussing these truths and facts with others.
To access these ten facts about depression, simply sign up to my mental health newsletter (you can unsubscribe any time you wish) through the form below, and you will have immediate access to the “ten facts” pdf.
According to the prevailing global view of mental health, psychiatric diagnoses – depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, personality disorders etc – are fundamentally brain disorders.
In a ten-minute video, I address this belief. The truth may surprise you.
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The public have a skewed perception of the medical doctors who are generally seen as expert in mental health – psychiatrists and GPs, or family physicians. While there are some exceptions, in general, the perception that most people have of medical doctors as THE foremost experts in mental health is, regrettably, incorrect.
This is one of the many mental health topics I discuss in my blog, books and courses. If you would like to receive my posts, subscribe to my newsletter through the form at the end of this blog (you can unsubscribe at any time), and immediately receive a short video in which I discuss this surprising reality.
On the eve of a major mental health summit at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin at which I am speaking, I am delighted to launch my new course, Depression, its true nature: A comprehensive course for the general public.
This is a comprehensive educational course about depression, comprising of more than 32 presentations, amounting to over 14 hours of audio-visual material. The slides and text of each presentation are also included.
For information and details about the course, click here
The course is available at an introductory early bird price of £60.00 Sterling (Euro/dollar equivalent, reverting to £99.00 at the end of October 2016.
On this coming Friday 14th October 2016, an important mental health event takes place at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin – A Mental Health and Wellbeing Summit.
This meeting includes many of Ireland’s most prominent figures in mental health, including Niall Breslin (aka “Bressie”) and psychiatrist Professor Jim Lucey of St. Patricks Hospital, Dublin, along with other well known people such as Brent Pope.
The title of my 30-minute presentation is “Towards a New Era in Mental Health”.
Since they first became available in the late 1980s, so-called “SSRI antidepressants” are among the biggest blockbuster drugs in history. For decades, they were promoted by the medical profession and the drug industry as very safe and very effective. Some members of the medical profession, myself included, have for many years believed otherwise.
For 50 years, American psychiatrist Peter Breggin has been working tirelessly to inform the public about the poor standards, misinformation and at times downright deception that has been visited upon the public by the medical-pharmaceutical alliance. Possessing a wealth of experience and knowledge, he has on many occasions been an expert witness in mental health legal cases, especially those involving psychiatric drugs.
In September 2016, Peter Breggin was an expert witness in a legal case regarding Paxil (goes by the name Seroxat in many countries) and suicide.
The time will come when the truth about these substances – and the gross lack of mental health understanding of those who have so enthusiastically promoted and prescribed them – becomes widely known. Please do what you can to make this happen sooner rather than later.
I have had the pleasure of being a guest on Peter Breggin’s radio show on two occasions. To access my second (2015) interview with Peter, subscribe through the form below to my newsletter updates and you will have immediate access to that recording. You can unsubscribe any time you like.
Did you know that many major drug companies have either ceased their involvement in psychiatric research altogether or considerably reduced their involvement?
This is not a development that reflects well on psychiatry, which is why it has received so little publicity.
But it is a profoundly significant development, for a number of reasons. Not many years ago, psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry were cosy bedfellows, “partners”.
Not any more.
I wrote about this development, why it has happened, and its major significance, in my 2015 book Depression Delusion: The Myth of the Brain Chemical Imbalance, foreword by Robert Whitaker.
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Dr. Terry Lynch.
Physician; psychotherapist; best-selling mental health author; provider of recovery-oriented mental health service; member of Expert Group on Mental Health Policy (2003-6) that formulated A Vision for Change, Ireland’s official mental health policy document.
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