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Dr Vernon's Case Book: Cure for anxiety is all in the mind; COMMENT.

I HAVE no doubt that, in general, doctors treating depression and anxiety do far more harm than good.

During the 1960s, '70s and '80s doctors diagnosed thousands of people as suffering from anxiety.

Valium, Librium and Ativan were prescribed by the million and many patients became addicted. Some took years to be weaned off their pills.

Finally, in 1988, the Government warned doctors about the hazards of these drugs.

The Health Minister at the time admitted that they had taken action because of articles I had written.

I immediately warned that the drug companies would try to keep their profits high by encouraging doctors to prescribe anti-depressant drugs.

And that is exactly what happened.

Depression has become one of our most common diseases, even though many patients might more accurately be described as sad, unhappy or miserable.

I believe anxiety and depression are over-diagnosed and over-treated and that most cases can be effectively treated without drugs.

I have long believed that a healthy mind and a healthy spirit are just as crucial as a healthy body, but both receive far too little attention.

There is much we can do to preserve, protect and strengthen our minds.

I have written a 20-page report on anxiety and depression which explores the real reasons why these two problems are so common today - and gives my solutions.

If you would like a FREE copy, send a cheque/PO (payable to Publishing House) for pounds 1.50 to cover postage, packing and handling to: Dr Vernon Coleman's Report Offer (A&D), PO Box 30, Barnstaple, Devon EX32 9YU.

The report is also free on my website www. vernoncoleman.com
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Coleman, Vernon
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:May 30, 1999
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