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

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

“Advice for researchers receiving harassment”

This 2019 publication from the Science Media Centre can be accessed in full here. It is not clear who was involved in writing this advice for the Science Media Centre … Continue reading “Advice for researchers receiving harassment”

Under-valued ideas

Almost a year ago the Chair of the Scottish Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Professor John Crichton, phoned me in connection with a wider debate around the media … Continue reading Under-valued ideas

“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”

Time to say goodbye

It was interesting to read this month’s guest blog for the Royal College of Psychiatrists by the Chair of RCPsych Scotland, Professor John Crichton. The College has recently celebrated 25 … Continue reading Time to say goodbye

PARALDEHYDE

When I began my training in Psychiatry Paraldehyde was occasionally still used, particularly in the ‘Forensic ward’. You could smell it on opening the locked door to the Forensic ward. … Continue reading PARALDEHYDE

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

Today’s Sunday newspapers

There has been a lot of discussion this week about appropriate choice of language. My blog has often argued the importance of how we use language. Our choice of words … Continue reading Today’s Sunday newspapers

Kindness, attention and respect

Many years ago, one of my patients who had lost a child to suicide, wrote to me to say: Some years later I read this: I have previously shared considerations … Continue reading Kindness, attention and respect

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

Barriers still exist

The following article featured in yesterday’s Perthshire Courier: Recently I compiled the following post on the ‘Edinburgh Seven’ and it occurred to me that the ‘prescribed harm community’ has faced … Continue reading Barriers still exist