Hole Ousia spends much time reading and writing about dementia. The neuroscientific understandings, as they develop, are considered alongside sociology, ageing, philosophy and the medical humanities.

Peter’s Declaration

I have been updating my OMPHALOS films and have added this film from June 2019. At this Whistleblowing Event for NHS Scotland [though I prefer the term ‘Freedom to Speak … Continue reading Peter’s Declaration

Peter’s Lost Marbles

This film, made in 2011, which voiced my disquiet about the enthusiasm for the early diagnosis of dementia, generated such a defensive response that I felt I had to remove … Continue reading Peter’s Lost Marbles

Celebrating 25 years

The current edition of INSIGHT, the magazine of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, celebrates 25 years since the College opened its doors in Scotland. This anniversary spans the same period … Continue reading Celebrating 25 years

It stopped me

Last week I came across the above gravestone in Stewarton Churchyard and it stopped me. Mrs Picken was an elderly widow, who day after day, year after year, left an … Continue reading It stopped me

Two years ago

Two years ago, almost to the day, I attended a Cross Party Group on Mental Health and Older People at the Scottish Parliament. I found it a difficult meeting for … Continue reading Two years ago

Mrs Picken

Mrs Picken was an elderly widow, who day after day, year after year, left an apple on her window-sill for me as I delivered her daily paper. I have never … Continue reading Mrs Picken

My formal instruction of resignation as a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Saturday, 24th November 2018 To: The Registrar of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot St, Whitechapel, London, E1 8BB Dear Dr Adrian James, Resignation as a member of the … Continue reading My formal instruction of resignation as a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Psychiatric medications and potential effects on cardiac rhythm

In the last month we have been having discussions at work about the potential for psychiatric medications to adversely effect cardiac rhythms, and in particular QTc prolongation.  The advice on ECG … Continue reading Psychiatric medications and potential effects on cardiac rhythm

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Two years of no sunshine

On Thursday 22nd March 2018 I will be standing outside the Scottish Parliament with this banner. This will be a peaceful, one-man protest, two years to the day that my … Continue reading Two years of no sunshine

Paradigms, pathologies and shifts

The following extracts are taken from this perspective published in the Scotsman, 11 January 2018: Pfizer has seemingly concluded that Alzheimer’s disease is far more complex than we had ever … Continue reading Paradigms, pathologies and shifts