Correspondence with the British Association for Psychopharmacology

Year after year, month after month, week after week, the British Association for Psychopharmacology [BAP] has invited psychiatrists, and psychiatrists in training, to their “educational meetings”. Throughout my career I … Continue reading Correspondence with the British Association for Psychopharmacology

Turning a blind eye

“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”

‘Enhancing shared decision making about discontinuation of antidepressant medication’

This article features in the current edition of the British Journal of General Practice. I can share only the summary as it is not free-to-view. My reading of the findings … Continue reading ‘Enhancing shared decision making about discontinuation of antidepressant medication’

‘Problematic Advice from Suicide Prevention Experts’

This paper can be accessed here. [It is pay-for-view but offers an important analysis]

‘Workforce wellbeing’

Last Friday I learned that the Royal College of Psychiatrists was worried that my ideas were “over-valued”. The same day the College shared its full response to the recent General … Continue reading ‘Workforce wellbeing’

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

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

To the Chair of the Scottish Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Friday 15th November 2019. Dear Professor Crichton, Subject: Dr Peter J Gordon, Consultant Psychiatrist for Older Adults (early retirement) As you will be aware I have decided to retire early … Continue reading To the Chair of the Scottish Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

The Scottish Pharmacist

At the time of making this film, nearly 1 in 5 Scots are taking antidepressants. Many are taking them indefinitely. I was prescribed Paroxetine (SEROXAT) over 20 years ago for … Continue reading The Scottish Pharmacist

Observer’s Observation: an Update

By Marion Brown, 25 September 2017. Since writing my ‘Outsiders Observation’ piece ‘Medically Unexplained Symptoms in General Practice’ for GP View at the end of 2016, there seems to have … Continue reading Observer’s Observation: an Update

‘An outsider’s observation’

GP View is no longer extant. This article, by Marion Brown, was published by GP View in December 2016: Marion Brown is the first of our guest mental health experts … Continue reading ‘An outsider’s observation’