A psychiatrist, who has become increasingly prominent on social media, and who has been regularly retweeted by the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, has stated that “we treat depression with the tools we have. Therapy is a tool. Medications are tool. ECT is a tool. Exercise is a tool”
This psychiatrist has gone on to say “Psychiatrists have the best tools for people who suffer from mental Illnesses” and concluded that “this full toolset“is why I #choosepsychiatry”
As an NHS doctor of 25 years I have become increasingly aware of the use of mechanical metaphors in healthcare. This is a short film where I ask how helpful this language is?