Nordic Cochrane Centre’s Director in the limelight

This autumn a new documentary, “Diagnosing Psychiatry,” will shed light on the scientific career and efforts of Professor Peter C. Gøtzsche in changing the field of psychiatry. It portrays the uphill battle Peter experiences when he, supported by the patients, advocates for a more humane psychiatric practice, with very little use of psychiatric drugs, no forced treatment, and a main focus on psychotherapy.

The film is produced and directed by Anahi Testa Pedersen, an independent filmmaker, who has been working on the project for over four years. It focuses not only on Peter’s work but also on Pedersen’s own reflections and experiences as a mental health patient.

“As a director and a person, it has been a pleasure working on a film about a scientist who wants to share his knowledge with the general public. He also understands the importance of dialogue and listens to what people have to say about the matter”, says Anahi Testa Pedersen.

Often portrayed by the global media as a controversial figure, Peter is not fazed by others trying to stifle his critical voice. Throughout his career, Peter’s determination to promote better healthcare has been a central theme in all his academic achievements, not only for his work within psychiatry, but also very much for his efforts in promoting evidence-based healthcare through the Cochrane Collaboration, of which he is one of the founding members.

“When Anahi contacted me four years ago, I knew right away that I wanted to contribute to her project. I found it so important and honourable that she put herself into the spotlight by voicing her personal experience with psychiatric healthcare. Sadly, as we are all well aware of, her story is not atypical. Many patients around the world have experienced something similar and have been exposed to the toxic effects of psychiatric drugs against their will. The patients also get far too many diagnoses, which harm them further, as they lead to polypharmacy. There is something fundamentally wrong with contemporary psychiatry and it is therefore appropriate that Anahi turns the looking glass towards psychiatry itself, which surely needs both a diagnosis and a cure", explains Professor Gøtzsche.

If you are interested to know more about the film, you can find information on the film’s website.