Hole Ousia never stops learning. Hole Ousia is troubled that the ‘collaboration’ with the Pharmaceutical Industry in ‘medical education’ can have consequences and actually undermine science which seeks objectivity.

Going off antidepressants – take time to quit

This is a transcription of a Radio New Zealand (RNZ), interview with Professor David Taylor, Director of Pharmacy and Pathology at the Maudsley Hospital in London. Professor Taylor is a … Continue reading Going off antidepressants – take time to quit

A Royal College calls for

In the NEWS section of the BMJ it has been confirmed that the “The Royal College of General Practitioners will call on the General Medical Council to ensure that all … Continue reading A Royal College calls for

The “Chemical imbalance” theory

What follows is a selection of a selection of a selection of printed media reports on the so-called “chemical imbalance theory”. Almost without exception the word “theory” was not included: … Continue reading The “Chemical imbalance” theory

The President’s Lecture

On Friday 29 November 2019, Dr Adrian James, Registrar of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, introduced Dr Derek Tracy for ‘the President’s Lecture’ at the Winter Academic Meeting of the … Continue reading The President’s Lecture

Wrapping paper

A UK psychiatrist, yesterday, on Twitter: “I’m thinking of using my stack of Yellow Journals for wrapping paper (I’ve memorised the contents)” President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists: “And … Continue reading Wrapping paper

‘Tender loving care and SEROXAT’

Paroxetine was promoted [advertised] to doctors in many ways including this strap-line: ‘Tender loving care and SEROXAT’:

Responses

This short film is almost ten years old [the text for it is provided below]: All the responses to my films have been different and this is to be celebrated. … Continue reading Responses

“What is the point of all this nastiness?”

In a recent ‘Real Psychiatry’ blog post, Dr George Dawson, MD, provided a helpful summary diagram on aspects of the ‘Professional identity of a Psychiatrist’ which included the above list … Continue reading “What is the point of all this nastiness?”

‘Why . . . I garden’

In the current BMJ, Peter Brennan explains ‘why . . . I garden’.

“Our focus on this occasion is drugs”

What follows is the programme for the The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland Winter Meeting, which will be held at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh on 31st … Continue reading “Our focus on this occasion is drugs”

Throughout November: your questions answered

Throughout November, the three candidates for the next President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists have been answering questions “important to members, patients and carers”. Tomorrow is the last day … Continue reading Throughout November: your questions answered

Pennine Care Education: “Tips around Twitter”

A senior trainee psychiatrist described one of the talks given on a recent Pennine Care Training and Research day  as “really interesting and informative”. The talk was described as providing … Continue reading Pennine Care Education: “Tips around Twitter”