Rapid responses are electronic letters to the editor. They enable our users to debate issues raised in articles published on thebmj.com. Although a selection of rapid responses will be included online and in print as readers' letters, their first appearance online means that they are published articles. If you need the url (web address) of an individual response, perhaps for citation purposes, simply click on the response headline and copy the url from the browser window. Letters are indexed in PubMed.
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.