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Why Few Patients Benefit from Psychiatric Medications

About this course

Peter C. Gøtzsche is a Danish physician, medical researcher, and leader of the Nordic Cochrane Center at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark. He co-founded and has written numerous reviews within the Cochrane collaboration. In this course, he reviews unbiased research on the risks vs. benefits of prescribing psychiatric medications.

Note: This lecture does not currently provide continuing education.

Course fee

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Your Instructor


Peter Gøtzsche is a Danish physician, medical researcher, and leader of the Nordic Cochrane Center at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark. He co-founded, and has written numerous reviews within the Cochrane collaboration. Among his research findings are that many meta-analyses have data extraction errors. He has been critical of the research methods and interpretations of other scientists using meta-analysis of the data from multiple studies. Using meta-analysis he has criticized the widespread of use of antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs.

"Thank you for this invaluable combination of presentations. I have studied and practised medicine for some 48 years. The last four plus years, almost entirely psychopharmacology and psychotropic drug toxicology. These are amongst the most brilliantly prepared, researched and delivered expert lectures that I have studied. Powerful, precise and highly regarded learning experience."
 
- Retired Consultant Physician

Class Curriculum


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Learning objectives

  • To assist psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses and other mental health professionals in understanding the research on antidepressants and ADHD drugs.
  • To provide information on the widening definitions of depression and ADHD
  • To assist mental health professionals in assessing the actual risks of suicide and homicide with antidepressants
  • To highlight the withdrawal symptoms that can be expected from discontinuing antidepressant medications
  • To examine the chemical imbalance theory of depression
  • To review the increased mortality of those placed on antipsychotic medications
  • To pose the question of how many psychiatric medications should be prescribed
  • To teach the importance of belonging, self-control and direction, meaning and purpose for people recovering from mental health challenges

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