The “Chemical imbalance” theory

What follows is a selection of a selection of a selection of printed media reports on the so-called “chemical imbalance theory”. Almost without exception the word “theory” was not included: … Continue reading The “Chemical imbalance” theory

‘The mutability of the past’

It was interesting to read Professor Pies considerations on “Antipsychiatry” and his linkage of this with the “chemical imbalance trope” [Psychiatric Times, 2nd August 2019] Like Professor Pies I am … Continue reading ‘The mutability of the past’

‘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’

Some neurophysiological aspects of Serotonin (1954)

This paper was published in the British Medical Journal in 1954. It was one of the first papers published in Britain on Serotonin:

“It is time to drive the stake into its misbegotten heart”

In a recent perspective published in the Psychiatric Times, Ronald Pies, MD, said Ronald Pies, MD, Editor-in-Chief Emeriti for the Psychiatric Times, continued: This perspective is developed under the following … Continue reading “It is time to drive the stake into its misbegotten heart”

[I M] B A L A N C E

My contribution along with Alastair Campbell to a BBC Radio Scotland call-in show on World Mental Health Day 2018. The conversation considers stigma, antidepressant prescribing in Scotland, realistic medicine and … Continue reading [I M] B A L A N C E