“Wake-up call for British Psychiatry”

This “Special Article” was published in the British Journal of Psychiatry in July 2008. No other article in the history of the journal has had more responses. A few years … Continue reading “Wake-up call for British Psychiatry”

“When good intentions meet vested interests”

This is an important essay. It was written in 2013 by Dr Iona Heath. In her essay, Dr Heath offers considerations on George Orwell’s ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four” in relation to current … Continue reading “When good intentions meet vested interests”

‘Partisan’

This post shares e-mails that I have previously sent to Prof Rob Howard, Old Age Psychiatrist and Dementia Researcher, University College London. I have not included any e-mails from Professor … Continue reading ‘Partisan’

An explanation

Shortly after this new text book was published I purchased it and read it over a long weekend in May. I took notes and added marginalia as I read [here … Continue reading An explanation

“Strong argument”

The Medical Model in Mental Health: An Explanation and Evaluation has recently been published by Oxford University Press. In the weeks leading up to publication the author stated “it is … Continue reading “Strong argument”

Akathisia

Almost two decades ago the British Journal of Psychiatry included an interesting account about Akathisia to mark the hundredth anniversary of its recognition as a very serious, dangerous and unpleasant … Continue reading Akathisia

“uncritical partisan narrative”

In a previous post I shared this paper: The declarations of interest were given as follows: I have written the following open letter to the lead author: Sent: 22 May … Continue reading “uncritical partisan narrative”

“Antidepressants, withdrawal and addiction: where are we now?”

This perspective has just been published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. My brief response to one of the authors can be read here, alongside further details of the competing interests of … Continue reading “Antidepressants, withdrawal and addiction: where are we now?”

Open questions to Professor Daniel Smith

A recent NHS Scotland study by Professor Daniel J. Smith of the University of Glasgow was widely reported because of the “concerning findings”. This was a typical headline [the Herald]:The authors concluded that … Continue reading Open questions to Professor Daniel Smith

“Put to Bed”

On the 21st February 2018 Professor Carmine Pariante was quoted across the world: “this meta-analysis finally puts to bed the controversy on antidepressants . . . “ The Science Media … Continue reading “Put to Bed”

On certainty and uncertainty

Over the course of my 25 year career as a doctor I have come across a human need for certainty. However, it is my view that in trying to be … Continue reading On certainty and uncertainty