Ketamine: “lost in translation?”

Last month I shared a BMJ Editorial on Ketamine by Dr Sameer Jauhar and Dr Paul Morrison. Since then there have been a number of published BMJ responses and replies. … Continue reading Ketamine: “lost in translation?”

“His thoughtfulness and modesty”

Recently Professor Rob Howard, Old Age Psychiatrist, University College London, having read a “Real Psychiatry” blog post written by George Dawson MD said: “I have learned a lot from Georges’s … Continue reading “His thoughtfulness and modesty”

Medical Guidelines and lived experience

Many like me will welcome the news that NICE has amended its guidelines on depression. The hope must be that there will be better understanding and support for those, like … Continue reading Medical Guidelines and lived experience

“Huda for RCPsych President!”

On social media, Dr Paul Morrison, Psychiatrist, researcher and member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists has proposed Dr Samei Huda for the Presidency of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. … Continue reading “Huda for RCPsych President!”

Dr Mark Bolstridge

As a psychiatrist interested in the science and ethics of my profession I have followed discussions on social media involving some of my colleagues. I am not on Twitter so … Continue reading Dr Mark Bolstridge

“Reassuring results”

This “systematic umbrella review” by Dragioti et al was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association [JAMA]on the 2 October 2019. The President of the Royal College of … Continue reading “Reassuring results”

“Humbug”

The Editor of the Scotland on Sunday, in reference to language used in Parliament in the last week of September 2019, was of the opinion that it was: The Editor … Continue reading “Humbug”

Presidential candidates: The Royal College of Psychiatrists

On the 4th October 2019 I e-mailed the three candidates for the Presidency of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and asked: Do you support Sunshine Legislation for the UK? So … Continue reading Presidential candidates: The Royal College of Psychiatrists

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

“We should cautiously welcome this new therapeutic option”

There has long been awareness of the effects of Ketamine use among those who have taken it unprescribed. Given the lack of long term data on this specific “new therapeutic … Continue reading “We should cautiously welcome this new therapeutic option”

Akathisia and suicide

Two weeks ago I sent the following letter to the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and England’s National Lead for Suicide Prevention. I have had no acknowledgment of … Continue reading Akathisia and suicide

“Good clarification”

On the 12th September 2019 Dr Sameer Jauhar shared on social media the above correction, as published in the Daily Mail, describing it as a “good clarification” The Council for … Continue reading “Good clarification”