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

“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”

“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”

“Absolutely spot on !!!!”

The 2019 International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists has won Best Conference Development at the Association Awards UK. Naturally there was much sharing of the news of this … Continue reading “Absolutely spot on !!!!”

“Immoral Police”

Following my post of yesterday in which I shared concerns that have been expressed in relation to professional conduct on social media by some members of the Royal College of … Continue reading “Immoral Police”

“Hats off, Young Sir”

Yesterday, Dr Paul Morrison, Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychopharmacology researcher, tweeted this: “Three cheers to Dr Samei Huda for standing up to aggressive, right-wing anti-psychiatrists, despite complaints, harassment and intimidation.” This … Continue reading “Hats off, Young Sir”

‘Problematic Advice from Suicide Prevention Experts’

This paper can be accessed here. [It is pay-for-view but offers an important analysis]

“What is treatment resistance in Psychiatry?”

The above editorial “What is treatment resistance in Psychiatry?” features in the current edition of World Psychiatry and has generated considerable discussion on social media. Ten months ago this “News” … Continue reading “What is treatment resistance in Psychiatry?”

“Good clarification”

On the 12th September 2019 Dr Sameer Jauhar shared on social media the above correction, as published in the Daily Mail, describing it as a “good clarification” The Council for … Continue reading “Good clarification”

Suicide Prevention: oral evidence given to the House of Commons

The following evidence on suicide prevention was given by Professor Carmine Pariante and Professor Louis Appleby to the House of Commons on the 29th November 2016. What is shared here … Continue reading Suicide Prevention: oral evidence given to the House of Commons

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?

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