“Good debate is respectful and constructive”

In December of 2018 The Royal College of Psychiatrists and the British Psychological Society came together to confirm a common set of ideals and principles. These were published in the … Continue reading “Good debate is respectful and constructive”

‘CEP calls for UK Sunshine Act’

Last week the Council for Evidenced-Based Psychiatry (CEP) called for “the implementation of a UK Sunshine Act to make transparent the financial relationships between doctors and pharmaceutical companies & the … Continue reading ‘CEP calls for UK Sunshine Act’

‘Unlocking Power’

There was an interesting article about approaches taken to leadership roles in yesterday’s Guardian newspaper. The article was entitled “Unlocking Power”. On reading the article my mind returned to a … Continue reading ‘Unlocking Power’

The Psychopharmacology Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Almost a year has passed since I last considered the Psychopharmacology Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. This committee has ten members including the Chair. Here is a summary … Continue reading The Psychopharmacology Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

“elf-haunted”

In ‘Pale Fire’ Vladimir Nabokov talks of “the elf-haunted alderwood”. All woodlands need light or there will not be new growth.

It is by living that we learn

The following account of my experience of trying to stop an antidepressant features in today’s Daily Mail. This did not feel a comfortable thing to share in a national newspaper … Continue reading It is by living that we learn

Puritanical or Platinum?

Next week the 2019 International Congress for the Royal College of Psychiatrists will take place in London. Naturally the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and her predecessor, have … Continue reading Puritanical or Platinum?

‘The Psychology of the Medical Profession’

I recently came across this letter published in the BMJ 81 years ago. As far as I know it has not been read again since the summer of 1938. Dr … Continue reading ‘The Psychology of the Medical Profession’

front-to-back and back-to-front

The front cover of the current BMJ (22 June 2019) asks: “Why are efforts to stub out tobacco failing?” alongside a graphic image of a map of the world made … Continue reading front-to-back and back-to-front

Psychiatry Careers in Scotland

On the 14th June 2019 the Vice President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (who is also Chair of the Scottish Division) was involved in a #choosepsychiatry campaign called “Psychiatry … Continue reading Psychiatry Careers in Scotland

‘They say no’

The words in this piece on antidepressant prescribing come from the novel ‘Grace Notes’ by Bernard MacLaverty. This novel was published the same year that I was started on an … Continue reading ‘They say no’

Admitted to a Mental Hospital: Gordon Bennett

Russell T. Davies and Ian McEwan are just two of many writers who like to imagine how the world might have “unfolded” had there been slight changes to past events. … Continue reading Admitted to a Mental Hospital: Gordon Bennett