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

“Their own idea of what is professional behaviour is clearly wrong”

Dr Samei Huda [11 January 2020]: “The reason the complaints have not been successful is because they are baseless. Any decent reflective professional would reflect that means their own idea … Continue reading “Their own idea of what is professional behaviour is clearly wrong”

Ten years of communication with Professor Appleby

Millie Kieve: “I have been communicating with Professor Appleby for 10 years, to try to have the well recorded risk of suicidal feelings due to prescribed drugs or withdrawal effects, … Continue reading Ten years of communication with Professor Appleby

Whitehaugh

A film about the Forbes-Leith family of Whitehaugh, near Alford. Music credit: ‘Sunrise’ by Coldplay

SSRI ‘discontinuation syndrome’ or withdrawal

This Analysis by Massabki and Abi-Jaoude has been published in the British Journal of Psychiatry. It has been made open-access.

Two men had called

This film is about the reasons behind the suicide of Alexander Craib, farmer, Glencowie (Glencuie) on the estate of Glenkindie. Music credit: ‘Exit music’ by Steven Lindsay

A forensic view

I was interested to read this view by Dr Mark Swinton, MD, MRCPsych, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist [5 January 2020]: “People who describe psychiatry on Twitter seem to be describing an … Continue reading A forensic view

‘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”

“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”

“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”