Phycho-babble, rap and ‘antidepressants’

“I still express, yo, I don’t smoke weed or sess
‘Cause it’s known to give a brother brain damage.” – N.W.A.

This post will end with a link to a very informative article about ‘antidepressants’. So just scroll to the bottom if my psycho-babble is not to your liking.

Unusually, I have the house to myself this evening, so I decided to go on a brief hunt for information about Peter Bruggen. Somewhere below are two of the things I found. Now it’s time for me to give that line of inquiry a rest for the foreseeable future.

I have found plenty of names, locations, methods of treatment, the use of the word  ‘anxious’, names of drugs, therapies,a few interesting newspaper clippings that others have uploaded in the past.

I’ve wrung out as much information as I can via my favoured browser search engines. It is almost time for me to read ‘Cracked’ by James Davies. But before I do that, my intention is to read “The Daughter of Time” by Josephine Tey for pleasure, with a pencil and paper at hand of course.

After that I will read ‘Micah Clarke’ by Arthur Conan Doyle.

Then, who knows?

It is also time to fill up a fresh pound-shop notebook and decide where my first adventure into amateur research/detective work  will take me, apart from the three or four public libraries that are a walking-distance away.

And to keep me amused on some of my lunch breaks at work, I am going to be working  on my first attempt at a proper essay, which may just very well be a critique of the superficial thoughts that Anthony Daniels expressed about ‘Gangsta Rap’, it may also contain a thought or two about how I think Roger Scruton is not as right about pop music as he appears to think he is, and why I believe that the Rolling Stones are not quite as socially toxic as Peter Hitchens seems to think.

I’m flirting with the idea of  transcribing and commenting on the quite recent, and for me mind-curdling, discussion on Youtube between Sir Scruton and the cult psychologist  Jordan Peterson: Sir Roger Scruton/Dr. Jordan B. Peterson: Apprehending the Transcendent It made my eyes glaze over the first time I tried to listen to it.  But I think a ill-educated individual such as myself has done enough reading/half-reading of a mixture of good, sub-standard and devilishly awful books in recent months to risk my mind being blown.

I intend to share thoughts about various books I’ve been reading, and aim to publish at least 2 blog entries a week starting in June. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Now for a couple of psychiatric artefacts I found in the public domain:

From the BMJ website:

1) June 11th 1966

Withdrawal of L.S.D.


The recent notoriety given to L.S.D. (lysergic acid diethylamide) in the press has led to its withdrawal by Sandoz from the market. In carefully selected cases we have found the drug to be a helpful adjunct to psychotherapy. L.S.D. can be made by any competent chemist, and it is apparently being prepared by a few individuals for private distribution. Sandoz, up to the time of the drug’s withdrawal, restricted its distribution to psychiatric institutions or carefully vetted individual psychiatrists. It will be unfortunate if L.S.D. becomes available only for “kicks” and not for serious psychotherapeutic endeavour.

-We are, etc.,


West Park Hospital, Epsom, Surrey.   


2) March 16th, 1963

Side-effects of Methaqualone


The importance of recording unusual effects of drugs is now clearer than ever. May we therefore report four recent cases where patients taking the drug ” melsedin ” (methaqualone) experienced symptoms which have not, to our knowledge, been reported in the literature ?

Case 1.-A man of 36, suffering from a long-standing anxiety state, was given melsedin as a change from the barbiturate night sedative he had been taking for many months.Fifteen minutes after taking two tablets(i.e., 300 mg.) his hands became numb andhe felt very sleepy. He managed to stumble into bed, where, according to his wife, he slept abnormally deeply for about six hours. The next night he took one tablet only and the same symptoms occurred, although to a lesser degree.

Case 2.-A man of 26 took 150 mg. of melsedin as a night sedative. Ten minutes later, while washing his face, he became aware of numbness and tingling in his hands and feet. Although greatly worried by this, he fell into a deep sleep within minutes, waking after eight hours.

Case 3.-A woman in her thirties has taken the drug as a night sedative on a number of occasions. Whenever she takes 300 mg. she notices numbness and tingling of thehands within about ten minutes, which does not occur on taking 150 mg. only.

Case 4.-A young woman who sometimes takes one tablet and sometimes two reportsthat with either dose she feels numb all over,but particularly in her hands, and that she falls asleep within a few minutes of this happening.In each case the symptoms disappeared on waking and there were no other after-effects. Subsequent examination has revealed no evidence of peripheral nerve neuropathy. It is rather striking that the onset of the symptoms has been followed on every occasion by sleep, and that in Cases 1 and 2 abnormally sound sleep was reported. We would be most interested to hear if similar cases have been encountered.

-We are, etc.,


Warlingham Park Hospital, Warlingham, Surrey.

Here is the  very informative article regarding ‘antidepressants’ that I promised:

January 28th, 2016

Time for Some Serious Thought about ‘Antidepressants’

by Peter Hitchens

PS- There may be a lot of (target practice) activity on my twitter account during the forthcoming Bank Holiday weekend, but things will quieten down quite considerably after that until June.

Office clerk.

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