Malignant Alienation

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June 26, 2017 | 21 Comments


  1. This video is the result of many years of work, and it’s still just a glimpse of the kind of experience and terrors you’ll find inside the Hanwell Mental Institute.

    We wanted to create something that makes you feel like you’re playing the game, with hints of the mysterious story that will haunt your nightmares for strange aeons to come.

    We know it’s awfully delayed but we’re working hard every day to ensure Asylum meets your expectations.

    Asylum Trailer

    As GlaxoSmithKline are Gaming with their Seroxat/Paroxetine/Paxil setting the ‘World on Fire’, what a great way to show ‘their results’ and it makes a change from ‘Monopoly’ with ‘Do not Pass Go’ and the ‘Chance’ Cards ..

    “I’m confident there will be a clue, something to explain what is happening to me” ..

      • It seems it’s had a name change – now called ‘Abducted’ and all references to mental health are being removed following discussions resulting from objections raised! It doesn’t seem to be a ‘game’ in the sense of played on a console but more like ‘Quasar’ (am I showing my age?) or ‘Crystal Maze’ where you are physically a participant. I would imagine that the change ensures continued public support – in other words, keeps the money rolling in!

        • That’s a brilliant game. I could make one myself if I knew how just from my own experience alone. I think its a great way to teach young people especially the effects of drugs and where it can lead you to. The escape route’s are the most important part but you wont know them unless someone shows you where they are. This is a good way in educating people about drug effects.

  2. “The key to making any game is to have the data on who dies from what at which age.

    We have all this worked up .. “

    David Healy in Germany – Reconnaissance and “victims of networks”

    The courageous psychiatrist David Healy has since 1991 published unfaithful truths

    Zu den häufigsten Fragen, die ich bei Vorträgen erhalte, gehört: Woher wissen Sie das eigentlich alles ?

    One of the most common questions I receive during lectures is: How do you know everything ?

    Die Pharmafirmen haben Ihnen doch nicht freiwillig die interne Korrespondenz zur Verfügung gestellt?

    The pharmaceutical companies have not made the internal correspondence available to you voluntarily?

    Wieso können Sie aus firmeninternen E-Mails zitieren?

    Why can you cite from internal e-mails?

    DepressionHeute, translated:

    Dr. Peter Ansari‏ @DepressionHeute 2h2 hours ago

    David Healy @DrDavidHealy kommt am 21. September nach Deutschland. Wer ist dieser mutige Psychiater? #Antidepressiva …

    “May be what’s needed is a good game to get the word out ..

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    “No organisation should ever again be permitted to take credit for vague, superficial statements on transparency. No organisation should be allowed to make a promise without also committing to openly audit their compliance, sharing all their audit data as they go. But we can also revisit our existing commitments, to show that they are more than mere theatre. ICMJE, CONSORT, industry bodies, regulators, and every brand associated with a transparency initiative should revisit their wording, and require their adherents to openly audit their compliance; or, in a worst case scenario, they could publicly acknowledge that what others read as a firm commitment was, in reality, aspirational but unserious. When we give false reassurance that problems have been fixed, we hold back progress. That is not transparency. It is “transparency theatre.”

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    New features and additional depth – play along with GlaxoSmithKline – for this company to be a – winner!

  4. On another tack, just wanted to say that Games like strategy ones, war winning etc, were one of the things our son found the most helpful when engulfed in unexplained chemically induced (ie from SSRIs except he didn’t realise) anxiety. They seemed to hold his concentration and lowered the anxiety, albeit temporarily. I don’t think the game mentioned in this post however would have had the same effect, quite the opposite in fact.

  5. You should have an option in the game to either play as the inmate trying to escape/ get free from the psychiatric hospital, or as the person who runs the psychiatric hospital, getting money and kick backs from the pharmecutical companies for each patient you get hooked on their drugs.

    Extra bonus points for any patients who commit suicide, lose their sexual abilities, or develop movement disorders from the drugs. You dont want the mentally ill experiencing pleasure, or god forbid, breeding.

    Even more bonus points if after you yank the patients off the drugs cold turkey, (again bonus points if patient commits suicide because of withdrawal or has seizures) they still have the side effects after they are off the drugs.

    Then some of the more assertive patients come to your office complaining the side effects haven’t gone, and you win if you manage to cover it all up, and sucessfully convince everyone in the hospital that the patient is deluded and the ongoing “side effects” are just a manifestation of their mental illness.

    But its game over if it all leaks out to the wider public, and gets in the newspapers and national news.

  6. Pharmaceutical War Games ..

    Right ..


    RC of Psychiatrists‏ @rcpsych Jun 28

    Suicide isn’t a mental health issue, it is a human condition. It is something which is either impulsive or pre-meditated. #rcpsychIC

    Or post-medicated ..

    “That sounds like a bit of a cop-out” ..

    Pinned Tweet

    RC of Psychiatrists‏ @rcpsych 2h2 hours ago

    Day 4 at #rcpsychIC: the 4th and final day of International Congress 2017. What a way to cap off a great week for psychiatry!

  7. The hidden gorilla ..

    One of the best examples of how we can be tricked can be seen in the Hidden Gorilla video where selective attention can lead to us missing a Gorilla walking right across screen in front of us.

    Formal Ferret Games ..

    Bad Medicine: A party game about pharmaceuticals

    A party game where players are all pharmaceutical companies creating drugs with awful side effects.

    Watch out for the gorilla ..

    Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairman of the Royal College of GPs, pointed out that the rise in prescriptions could reflect the fact that mental health conditions are being better identified and the stigma associated with them has been reduced .. Scottish Daily Mail June 30, 2017

    • Doesn’t she mean ‘that the rise in prescriptions could reflect that MH conditions’ “are being fabricated due to pharmaceutical greed”? However, I must admit that reducing stigma may well make people more accepting of a prescription for ‘mental health needs’ whereas, in the past, the thought of needing such a medication was a sure turn-off for many. Stigma does need to be removed from all health areas, that’s for sure, but with it will come an increase in the number of people seeking a better understanding of their own situation and possible ‘mental health needs’. Such numbers should, eventually, settle I would imagine but in the meantime doesn’t this increase show that the time is right to hammer home the true facts about psychiatric medications in the hope of bringing about a swifter reduction in prescription numbers and, even more importantly, in human suffering?

  8. “being in a ‘Guerilla’ War” ..

    Episode 1 Jim Gottstein talks about his own experiences with the psychiatric system, patient rights in mental healthcare and the recent trial involving the UK pharmaceutical manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline.

    To hear the episode, click the play button below. To view the show notes click here

    Show Notes

    How GSK manipulated the science of the clinical trials to downplay the suicide risk
    That Dr. Joseph Glenmullen and Dr. David Healy were key expert witnesses
    That the jury unanimously found GSK guilty of withholding information

    Bob Fiddaman’s blog of the Dolin vs GSK trial

    “credibility challenged right from the beginning” ..

    Malignant Alienation … ?

  9. Thank you for calling GSK ..

    “That’s a typical day, but not all are typical.  Our days are influenced by what happens in the news. I recall a recent day when our team handled over 2100 calls – the most calls we have ever received in one day. We know that when GSK or a GSK product is in the news, whether it affects a patient or not, it is our opportunity to engage and inform those who call”

    Was this the day Panorama received 1400 calls ..

    It concluded that “their collective weight was profound” and that the value of a large amount of data coming in at once may be greater than continuing to examine a slow trickle of reports.

    Seas the Day!

    Not one word, not a hint, not a smidgeon; is #rcsych on the way oot … ?

    Is Insight the new Non-Site … ?


    More people ‘coming out’ every day – this article from a Guardian columnist describes the effect of the first citalopram pill. Scary. But before everyone gets on their high horse and criticises her for talking about serotonin imbalance – read what she has to say about the woeful way the drug was prescribed (long distance) and the fact that the MH system has let her and millions of others down. We all focus so closely here on the harms of the drugs. The harms caused by the system are just as bad – try explaining when you have no words to describe how desperate you feel to a fairly dim, badly trained, and overworked nurse…that is if you ever get to see one in the first place. It seems to me that you cannot divorce the over-use of ADs from a system which has failed, and continues to fail on all fronts to give people the help they need. That’s why you can’t divorce ‘the state we’re in’ from its political, social and historical context. Mental illness treatment has never, ever been properly funded – when Blair pumped a bit more money in, back in the 1990s, it all got sopped up by daft initiatives around ‘service user led research’, more and more managers, psychologists and people whose job titles were frankly incomprehensible. And less and less frontline staff to help people in severe distress – as well as busily closing hospitals in the demented belief that people were best kept at home. The really criminal bit of all that was a refusal by the state to pay for decent hospital care.

    It’s always money. Every time.

    But – it has struck me that for all the time we spend on here thinking of ways of educating doctors to acknowledge the harm caused by sloppy careless prescribing – maybe it could be helpful to look at how young people communicate, disseminate information and make choices. It sure as hell isn’t through blogs and Facebook or Twitter. So, gaming is a great idea. I guess young people are much more savvy about many things than we oldies give them credit for – they negotiate new forms of information in a way that I can’t. In the meantime we either just watch help for people in distress evaporate completely or do what we can. Which is, like it or not, a political issue.

    • Brilliantly written Sally.
      Thanks for showing us the Guardian piece.
      By the way, wasn’t it Citalopram that almost did for Katinka Blackford Newman?
      Like you say, the way it was prescribed for the writer of the article beggars belief,
      Heaven help the world’s so called sanity.

  11. The ‘NEW’ SCIENTIST ..

    David Healy, a psychiatrist in Bangor in the UK, says people’s experiences of withdrawing from antidepressants can vary a lot. He helps those with severe symptoms by prescribing liquid formulations of their medicine, which they can measure out in small amounts. These formulations aren’t as widely stocked as their pill equivalents.

    Moore has just started a liquid version and has found that his symptoms are less severe. But Healy says most GPs refuse to prescribe such liquids because they are more expensive than the standard pills.

    People are hacking ..

    “I felt like I had been run over by a bus,” says James Moore, a 46-year-old stay-at-home dad from Rogiet in the UK.

    A double-decker?

    The blood levels were swinging along with one every other day from the GP; dose is doubled to 40 mg.; by a psychiatrist; Paroxetine Liquid and reduction of tablets has to drop over 12 months and the last dose .. back to the drawing board of negligent and ad hoc, random, play games with the patient and watch her sink or swim .. triple deck her …

    “What they had done seemed more like an experiment in a chemical laboratory than the wilful inflicting of pain on a fellow human being…But then another voice told him not to be so stupid and sensitive; he was under orders, on a mission and the knowledge he had gained by his clever, robust and admittedly brutal action had been vital for the war effort and could conceivably save countless lives. Of course it could. He had been told in no uncertain terms – do your duty as a soldier – and he had.”

    William Boyd Waiting for Sunrise ..

    Everywhere you go, we come back ..

  12. And Lo, a new-shoot was born ..

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    May, 18, 2015 | 49 Comments

    Ove says:
    May 29, 2015 at 8:18 am

    But I really dislike this “boomerang-effect”, that we Always turn our attention
    to research that was false from the start.

    Caroline says:
    May 28, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    A public challenge by a prominent person or persons is in order.It doesn’t have to be a doctor; probably shouldn’t be. It could start with a hashtag on Twitter.

    And Lo, the new shoot:

    #Chemical Imbalance Myth

    BOB FIDDAMAN  ?‏ @Fiddaman 16h16 hours ago

    Journalist who claimed mental illness was caused by chemical imbalance responds on Twitter (Scroll to bottom)…

  13. The All Singing, All Dancing Faith in the deliverers of SSRI prescriptions and how successful is ‘Reporting Immediately’ … ?

    Simon Wessely‏ @WesselyS 18h18 hours ago

    Clearly @wendyburn is a chip off the old block. I doff my cap and bow low

    wendyburn Jul 10

    Most SSRIs are prescribed for uncomplicated depression. Any side effect (don’t always occur) must be reported immediately to the prescriber.

    This makes a change from the usual self-congratulation which pervades and at least the New President brought up the subject which usually suffers from ‘Writer’s Block’ ..

    MHRA News Centre‏Verified account @MHRApress Jul 14

    Dr Ian Hudson says “one of the real wins” is MHRA, NICE, NHS & patient groups working together for best health outcomes #biamhraconference

    One of the real wins is how Very Senior Personnel in All Realms have zilch responsibility for the increasing death rates of children and adults handed an SSRI without knowing if they will live to see another day.

    It’s hard work trying to find a category such as Fit for Purpose … ?​

  14. Those who collude with the wrong doers are no better than them.
    I would want to completely alienate myself from those who have NO RESPECT for those who have some common sense.
    If we do not start taking responsibility for our mental health, we are giving permission to many, to ruin some of us.
    Give people the tools that we never had and they will make better informed decisions.
    There are too many excuses being made up, as to why some professionals don’t have all the information.
    You do, from clinical trials even if the information is not out there for you to see.
    So, please inform your patients before you mentally castrate them.
    What happened to me, can happen to anyone.
    Some professionals have to stop hiding behind their white cloaks and advise patients of negative side/adverse reactions.
    If patients know all the facts and they don’t feel comfortable taking them, they can explore other options regarding mental health because once the damage is done, it is too late!

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