Prescribed Disengagement

A medical colleague recently asked me to “explain” disempowerment. A dear friend of mine (diagnosed with dementia) has written about: “Prescribed Disengagement”. My view is that few have written better about this matter than … Continue reading Prescribed Disengagement

Evidence to back dementia screening is still lacking, committee says

This report has just been published in the BMJ: It has attracted this response from a “free spirit” and “old man”: The article begins: “GPs have again raised the question … Continue reading Evidence to back dementia screening is still lacking, committee says

“Alzheimerisation”: wandering, wondering and worrying

28th January 2014 Data published this week demonstrated that in 2012 prescribing of “dementia drugs in Alzheimer’s disease” was “50% higher than expected.”[1] In a published commentary about this, it … Continue reading “Alzheimerisation”: wandering, wondering and worrying

The Ageing Stone

This sculpture is by Dr Peter J. Gordon. It is one of a series of artworks for DSMworks: http://www.dsmworks.com/ The Ageing Stone represents more than just DSM-IV-TR diagnosis of ‘294.1x … Continue reading The Ageing Stone

A stitch in time saves nine

A reply to: Is the USA’s problem ours too? BMJ2012;345:e6617 By Margaret McCartney Submitted as a Rapid-response: This feature article asks if we can relax about ‘needless overtesting,  overdiagnosing and … Continue reading A stitch in time saves nine

The ‘diseased’ world of our elderly

Submitted as a rapid-response to the BMJ, 6 March 2013: http://www.bmj.com/content/341/bmj.c4670/rr/634772 As a psychiatrist for older adults I have noticed not just a scientific but also a cultural change in our appreciation … Continue reading The ‘diseased’ world of our elderly