Simon Wessely gets courage award (from a bunch of his mates)

Picture of Simon WesselyOn Wednesday, Simon Wessely, notorious for promoting psychological theories about ME, was jointly awarded a new prize for courage in “standing up for science” by Sense About Science. Nature published the statement by the person who nominated him, who claimed that Wessely had developed CBT-based treatments which “in many cases brought about substantial improvement and in some was life transforming” and for his pains had been subject to “continued abuse and obstruction from a powerful minority of people who, under the guise of self-help organizations, have sought to promote an extreme and narrow version of the disorder”. The ‘abuse’ included death threats, hostile letters, mischeivous complaints and “bogus questions” in Parliament. He shared it with one Fang Shi-min, a Chinese scientist who exposed quacks who sell bogus remedies in China and has criticised official support for traditional Chinese medicine; it is alleged that “thugs hired by a urologist attacked Fang with a hammer and, according to Fang, tried to kill him”.

Perhaps there are people who have shown extraordinary courage in standing up for science against quackery or fanaticism — the farmers who bred guinea pigs and faced a campaign of genuine intimidation from animal rights fanatics are an example. But they are farmers, not scientists. Wessely has been widely promoted in the media and his opponents maligned repeatedly. This is not uncommon in the western media: people with a high profile and powerful friends who have offended huge numbers of people are lauded for their “courage” when their opponents react. They can also, in some cases, use anonymity to spread lies about a group of people and then plead “you know what they do to …” when asked to prove themselves. Wessely can get a platform in the “respectable” print media a lot more easily than the ME community can; it has to make do with the occasional printed letter, except when there’s a peg to hang an ME story on (e.g. assisted suicide in the case of Lynn Gilderdale).

There is an obvious conflict of interest in this award: Wessely himself is on the board of advisors to the organisation. Also on that board is Prof. Colin Blakemore, who was also a judge on this award, who has praised Wessely in writing in the recent past. So, although Blakemore is only one of several (it seems four) judges, the fact that he was already biased in favour of a nominee (it does not list who the other nominees were, if there were any) does not lend it much credibility — rather, it gives the impression of an all-chums-together affair.

The unnamed person who nominated Wessely claimed that Wessely’s detractors promote “an extreme and narrow version of the disorder, which “repudiates any psychological or psychiatric element to the extent that psychiatry is viewed as a contemptible discipline, which, by association, denigrates psychiatric patients”. Again, we have the accusation that ME advocates promote or are motivated by “mental health stigma”, but the main wrong about this statement is that ME is in fact an organic neurological disease and not primarily a psychiatric complaint. Wessely protests that psychiatric treatments can help people with some organic neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, but it is not claimed that Alzheimer’s is a psychiatric complaint; rather it is a neurological degenerative disease which has some psychiatric symptoms. ME is not usually treated as a psychiatric disorder requiring medication but rather a psychological or behavioural disorder, and very often a trivial one in which the patient is seen as wasting people’s time.

Furthermore, the community do not primarily object to people being treated with psychiatric medications if necessary, but with treatment on psychiatric units, often closed, often at the cost of separation from their parents and other family when they are very ill and frightened, and sometimes in the company of disturbed or mentally-ill patients. In some cases, patients have been forced into psychiatric units against their will when they failed to accept doctors’ suppositions that their condition was in the domain of psychiatry; children have been taken from their parents when they refused to accept exercise-based or CBT-based ‘treatment’ when they could tell it was ineffective or harmful. In other words, Wessely has enabled the abuse of patients, including children.

The award was given on the same day as the funeral of a long-suffering ME patient, Emily Collingridge, was held in South London. Emily was a regular patient at King’s College hospital, where she died on 18th March this year, and where Wessely works as “professor of psychological medicine”. I am not convinced that the date of the award was chosen deliberately to coincide, but Wessely will have known of Emily, surely, as one of his friends, Esther Crawley, works for AYME which published her book. Emily had very severe ME, having been mostly or completely bedridden for more than ten years, and suffering two terrible relapses, the second of which eventually killed her. There have been a number of patients in that or a similar condition and many of them have tales to tell of abuse or dismissive treatment from doctors who regarded their condition as false, despite their obvious and measurable physical illness. Some would not have got so ill if it had not been for admission to noisy, brightly-lit and chemical-laden hospitals, and if they had, they might not have had to deal with trauma on top of severe physical illness including pain, nausea and paralysis; if the evidence of viral involvement were taken more seriously, a viable treatment might have been developed in the 90s or even earlier. This is Wessely’s gift to the ME sufferer and this is why he is hated.

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  • When I worked in psychiatry in the 1980s, there was a consultant who was widely regarded as an idiot by his colleagues. For example, a local psychologist (now a Professor at a Russell Group Uni) told me he was responsible for at least two deaths due to wrongly dosed prescriptions - this was no secret. Typical of his stupidity was his habit of placing ALL overweight patients admitted to hospital on 800 calorie diets (in the days when such impositions were acceptable), despite the fact he was grossly overweight himself, an irony not lost on most of his patients! Yet this silly man was given an award when he retired. How does this kind of thing happen? Because big dogs look after their own.

  • If simon Wessely could live in the body of a person living with cfs/fm for awhile, perhaps then he would change his mind about human suffering and compassion. The hopelessness and helplessness that come from living with this physiological condition is worse than most other chronic illnesses because of the misunderstandings and abuse the patients have to take from uncaring and ignorant people who just do not care enough to open their hearts and minds to the suffering of others.

  • I think it is sooooooooooooooo important to always be wary of those who claim to be an expert and know the answer. These experts can and do the most damage.

  • Col David J. Ross

    Professor Simon Wessely Military Psychiatrist Maudsley Hospital London England Dear Professor Wessely, I have looked at dozen’s of pages of your military psychiatric history. For you to tell me you cannot help me, undermines everything you represent as a doctor of psychiatry. Please give careful thought to my request and refer me to one of your colleagues who can help me, if you do not have the stomach to do your job and help the victims of military technology crimes. What on earth are you doing in psychiatry if you are not helping the victims of modern mental warfare? There are 100′s of t.i. victims in the United Kingdom and all of them need your help. I have posted your work in my websites, facebook and in 100′s of e-mails to the other victims, expert witnesses and colleagues. How can I tell all the other victims, you do not want to do your job and help us? Whatever your reputation was or is, will now be disputed in the future if you do not help us. Harry Farr would be disappointed to know about your poor attitude towards the fellow victims of modern day (shell shock) technology crimes. The good thing poor ole Harry is dead! I can petition the court and ask the Lordship for a court order to see you. You are the Top Military Psychiatrist in the United Kingdom and everyone knows that. The Lordship will probably suggest you and agree with me and grant my order for you to see all of us. Meanwhile I will suffer as I have for over 8 years with V2K and stereo in my head. It’s very simple Professor, I can stop all my technology problems, in a court of law. I can do it the hard way or the easy way. It was good speaking with you even though you have not realized, this is your cup of tea! You will be on the cover of the American Journal of Medicine one day. Happy Christmas&Cheers, David. J. Ross

    THE GOOD CANADIAN PSYCHIATRIST Dr. Amin Muhammad Gadit HELPING THE T.I.’S OF THE WORLD! CANADA PSYCHIATRIST CONCERNED ABOUT REMOTE INFLUENCING WEAPONRY AFFECTING MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH Amin Muhammad Gadit is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Faculty of Medicine. October 2009, he writes a paper with the title “Terrorism and Mental Health: The issue of Psychological Fragility” published in Journal of Pakistan Medical Association. In the paper he talks about psychological long term effects that result from terrorist activities on civilians, including behavioral problems and post-traumatic stress.

    He also notes that with the introduction of remote influencing technology, and the new weapon systems, it might be challenging for a psychiatrist to tell the difference between real mental and physical problems and induced ones, asking one crucial question: Are we prepared for this challenge?

    “The matters in terms of violence are advancing with the passage of time that may possibly bring in more serious issues related to both physical as well as mental health.

    Of late, there are reports of a new and dreadful invention of weapons of violence that are called Bio-electromagnetic Weapons. According to the description by an Institute of Science in Society, these weapons operate at the speed of light, can kill, torture and enslave without making physical appearance. It further adds that voices and visions, daydreams and nightmares are the most astonishing manifestations of this weapon system, it is also capable of crippling the human subject by limiting his/her normal range of movement, causing acute pain the equivalent of major organ failure or even death and interferes with normal functions of human senses. It can cause difficulty with breathing and induce seizures besides damage to the tissues and organs.

    Through this form of terrorism, it is possible to persuade subjects that their mind is being read; their intellectual property is being plundered and can even motivate suicide or murder. Pulsed Energy Projectiles (PEPs) are another form of weaponry that is used to paralyze a victim with pain. According to Peter Philips, a scientist from USA, circumstances may soon arrive in which anti-war or human right protestors suddenly feel a burning sensation akin to touching a hot skillet over their entire body. Simultaneously they may hear terrifying nauseating screaming, which while not produced externally, fills their brains with overwhelming disruption. This new invention is dreadful addition to the armamentarium of weapons of abuse and torture. Manifestations of the effects of these occult weapons can mimic mental ill health and add further to the misery of the victims.

    The potential threat from use of biological warfare agents is more devastating as they are not detectable before the attack and can lead the possible victims to a state of constant vigilance and anxiety.” Link to the entire article: See Amin Muhammad’s bio.

    Are the Courts and Professor Wessely Blind to Justice or just ignorant when it concerns sophisticated technology, they know nothing about?


    Nick Begich: Mind Control.,

    James Walbert Court Order. WILSON LAW CENTER LLC. Jonathan O. Wilson, Attorney at Law Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues May 18-19-2011 Microwave Warfare - Barrie Trower. Interview with Barrie Trower In November 2010. Barrie Trower is a former Royal Navy microwave weapons expert and former cold-war captured spy debriefer for the UK Intelligence Services. Mr Trower is a conscionable whistle-blower who lectures around the world on hidden dangers from microwave weapons and every-day microwave technologies such as mobile-phones and WiFi. Mr Trower has also repeatedly assisted the UK Police Fedration in their struggle to protect police officers from Tetra/Air-Band radio-communications systems that are harmful to health. Confidential Report on TETRA Strictly for the Police Federation of England and Wales. “Brain-Chip” Implant in the brain of Magnus Olsson Thought Controlled Computing - Ariel Garten, CEO, Interaxon Victims of government electronic surveillance group

    University of Sonoma Human Rights and Electro-Magnetic Weapons by Professor Peter Phillips U.S. ARMY DOCUMENT, DECLASSIFIED Cathy Meadows, Expert Witness and Psychologist. Implanted without consent. RFID Torture!


  • Radiation Injuries are the causative factor in c.f.s./m.e. ‘INTERNAL IONIZATION RADIATION INJURIES’ You will see how wrong you are Wessely and be ready for liable lawsuits ‘cause they will be filed in a court of law…You have put at risk the entire British people, the blood supply organ supply including the entire food chain with you ‘circus act’,one cannot exercise c.f.s./m.e. back to health your publications were already proven a complete fraud…See you in court soon I look forward to my lawsuit pending…Sincerely MR AIDAN G WALSH p.s. You are not firt to be any doctor…

  • Your work was never ever ‘replicated’ in fact your work was already proven wrong by numerous researchers across the globe, you have abused these people and time has come for those tables to turn…See you in court, I pray they throw you in prison for all your ‘faud’

  • He will be proven wrong and he will be sued in a court of law, once everyone knows the facts about Weesely it is very highly likely he will do some serious jail time…The cause is already known those documents will be published in 2013 and the house of lies, filth, deceit will tumble down…Copies will also be forwarded to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and everything about Wessely…