A timeline of missed opportunities

This film presents a timeline from 2002 to 2019 in relation to England’s National Suicide Prevention Strategy. The film presents missed opportunities, in particular the potential role of prescribed medications … Continue reading A timeline of missed opportunities

My retirement

I have been considering, for some time now, whether I should continue doing what I do in terms of what some refer to as ‘activism’. My interest is in ethics, … Continue reading My retirement

“On the subject of misleading narratives”

The above photograph is of Dr David Foreman, Consultant Psychiatrist, giving an educational talk in 2019. Dr Foreman introduces his Twitter account:“Child(ish) psychiatrist: (New) Culture Editor Psychiatric Bulletin, NICE TAC … Continue reading “On the subject of misleading narratives”

A conversation from 2014 on the duration of antidepressant treatment

This correspondence with Professor Ian Reid is from 2014. This is the first time that I have shared it in the public domain. In my opinion, narrative is no less … Continue reading A conversation from 2014 on the duration of antidepressant treatment

A published and an unpublished review of ‘Bad Pharma’

Professor Ian Reid, who died tragically early at the age of 53 on 15 June 2014, played a leading role in British, especially Scottish academic psychiatry for over two decades. … Continue reading A published and an unpublished review of ‘Bad Pharma’

‘Real Psychiatry’

Dr George Dawson, MD, DFAPA is an American psychiatrist and is the author of this blog: I have included the two images above of Dr Dawson, separated as they are … Continue reading ‘Real Psychiatry’

“Make up stuff that I am supposed to have said”

Dr Samei Huda has reminded his social media followers to be wary of those who “make up stuff that I am supposed to have said”. The following statements have all … Continue reading “Make up stuff that I am supposed to have said”

“the result of chemical imbalances in the brain”

Recently there has been wide ranging discussion on the so-called ‘chemical imbalance’ theory and its place in history when it comes to understanding the prescribing of antidepressants. As an NHS … Continue reading “the result of chemical imbalances in the brain”

“Great post George!”

Dr Hisham Ziauddeen, a Senior Clinical Research Associate said to the author of this blog “Great post George!” In a previous post I shared an equally enthusiastic appreciation by Professor … Continue reading “Great post George!”

“thoughtful and clinically based”

Professor Rob Howard, UCL old age psychiatrist has described this blog on psychiatrists and antidepressants as “thoughtful and clinically based” and that he would  “welcome critics of antidepressants and Psychiatry … Continue reading “thoughtful and clinically based”

Military language

The following blog has just been published by Dr George Dawson, a senior American psychiatrist: Antidepressants Are Not Miracle Drugs – They Are Also Not Tools Of The Devil. The … Continue reading Military language

“The chemical imbalance idea was never actually held by psychiatry”

29 December 2019: Jesse Luke, a writer, researcher and cancer patient, started a social media thread with the following statement: “The ‘chemical balance’ idea was never actually held by psychiatry. … Continue reading “The chemical imbalance idea was never actually held by psychiatry”