Learning to live with hearing voicesBMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2018 (Published 31 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2018
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We thank Peter C Gøtzsche for his questions.
"What Your Patient Is Thinking" articles are a series written by patients. Each one shares an anecdotal experience, which we hope will trigger clinicians to reflect on their practice. Editors work with patient authors on the "What You Need To Know" box. However, our aim is to reflect what the patient is thinking. These articles are not designed to present or discuss evidence.
Competing interests: Head of Education, BMJ
This article was written by a patient but some additional material was added. Under "What you need to know" we can read: "Antipsychotic medication is not always successful in eliminating voices.”
I would like to know:
1. Who exactly is the author of this statement?
2. What is the evidence that antipsychotics can eliminate voices? I have never seen such evidence. Antipsychotics reduce thoughts of all kinds, and do not eliminate them. The effects of antipsychotics are highly unspecific, which is not what is being implied by the sentence above.
3. Unless evidence comes forward that antipsychotics can eliminate voices, an erratum is needed.
4. I suggest that anonymous authoritative statements have no place in an evidence-based journal like the BMJ.
I have no conflicts of interest. I am the protector of the Hearing Voices Network in Denmark.
Competing interests: No competing interests