The Maudesley Debate: May 2015: London

52nd. Maudesley Debate 13th. May 2015.

A lively debate hosted at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London.

The subject:

‘’This House Believes that the long term use of Psychiatric Medications is causing more harm than good’’


Arguments For: Sami Timimi, Consultant Adult & Child Psychiatrist, Director of Post Graduate Education, NHS Lincolnshire: Visiting Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Lincoln and Professor Peter Gotzche, Director of the much acclaimed Nordic Cochrane Centre, Denmark.

Arguments Against: Allan Young, Professor of Mood Disorders, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London,UK and Mr. John Crace, Journalist, The Guardian, UK.

Chair: Til Wykes, Professor of Clinical Psychology & Rehabilitation: Vice- Dean, Psychology & Systems Sciences Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neurosciences, King’s College, London.

The debate was well attended, with a count of those for and against the motion taken before the debate. Then having heard the arguments of the experts, the passionate audience questioned the panel. At the end of the debate a second count, for and against the motion was taken and the argument that psychiatric medications cause more harm than good, was carried by a substantial majority.

We are delighted that there is an ever growing support for our values at Chy-Sawel. Awareness is growing and increasing numbers of scientific studies and professionals support our position.

We look forward to bringing you more news in the near future.


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