Your feature ‘What Doctors Don’t Tell Us’ (July) suggests that I and my fellow doctors are misinformed. Everything you said has some truth in it, but let’s just look at the first point. You suggest that doctors are ignorant of the risks of benzodiazepines because they are still prescribed. Yes, they can be addictive if not used carefully and, yes, they are still prescribed. But writing this I am reminded of the patients that I have seen after the most harrowing events have happened to them. These tablets, used carefully and in the short term, can be crucially helpful for people coping with travesty. Last year a poll in the UK found that 87% of people trusted a family doctor to tell the truth, higher than for any other profession. Despite this I spend increasing amounts of time dealing with patients who have been misinformed by the media. Teenagers are already a group who we have tried to focus on and improve access for in the last few years as self-harming and eating disorders in this age group increases. With 25% of GPS thinking of retiring in the next five years, increased expectation and reduced resources, we could all do with more support.