‘Responses’ revisited

Over six years ago I made a film called “Responses” based on a post that I had written [see below]. In Revisiting “Responses” I would love to hear any response … Continue reading ‘Responses’ revisited

flight of ideas

“Flight of ideas” is a term considered by psychiatry to represent “pathology”. It is included in International diagnostic criteria for major mental illness. For many years now I have collected … Continue reading flight of ideas

“I had dinner with William Sargant . . .”

The March 2019 edition of the British Journal of General Practice focuses on mental health. The Editor, Roger Jones, opened the journal: The Editor then went on to consider R … Continue reading “I had dinner with William Sargant . . .”

Psychiatry and the ‘subjective-objective divide’

In my subjective opinion, one of the most important articles written in the Journal of my College, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, was written by a colleague of mine who … Continue reading Psychiatry and the ‘subjective-objective divide’

‘This dichotomy is an extraordinary one’

I have argued before why I agree with Dr Allan Beveridge that it is time for my profession to abandon the so-called “subjective-objective divide”. This divide is not helpful and … Continue reading ‘This dichotomy is an extraordinary one’

Delve into brilliant minds

My NHS e-mail regularly receives invites to the Royal College of Psychiatrists International Congress. It is a congress that I have never attended as I remain concerned that we still … Continue reading Delve into brilliant minds

I N S I G H T

Psychiatrists across the world, when assessing mental states, have to consider “insight”. Psychiatrists, like myself, are also taught the “subjective-objective divide”. This “divide” has always troubled me, as it would … Continue reading I N S I G H T

Little more than a name

Chapter Five of Repeats its love: “Little more than a name” The Aesculapians never intended to run the Mavisbank Institution themselves, and with Hippocratic beneficence, left matters of mind to … Continue reading Little more than a name

Re-evaluating the porphyria diagnosis of King George III’s madness

Letter in reply to the two articles re-evaluating George III,  the porphyria diagnosis, and the King’s madness. Published in History of Psychiatry Journal; March 2010; Vol 21; Issue 1; No … Continue reading Re-evaluating the porphyria diagnosis of King George III’s madness