“Does a disservice to psychiatrists”

This was a letter by Dr Alexander Langford, published in the BMJ in May 2015. It was in response to this Editorial by Professor David Healy. I agree with Dr … Continue reading “Does a disservice to psychiatrists”

“Discontinuation Syndrome”

Yesterday an Editorial by the Sunday Times Health Editor was headlined “Patients’ charity Pain UK took cash from Big Pharma”. It was based on an investigation into what have been … Continue reading “Discontinuation Syndrome”

“what we believe in”

Having shared a series of social media responses to the hashtag #ITakeMedsForMyMentalHealth the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists has found herself caught up in polarising social media exchanges … Continue reading “what we believe in”

“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”

After the Defeat Depression Campaign

The Defeat Depression Campaign of the 1990s , entirely funded by the pharmaceutical industry, was an “educational campaign” organised by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in association with the Royal … Continue reading After the Defeat Depression Campaign

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From the’The Bell Jar’ Image is of Colinton Pharmacy.

“Real Psychiatry”

Dr George Dawson, MD, writes as a ‘Real Psychiatrist’. Dr Samei Huda, a UK psychiatrist has shown unflinching transatlantic support for Dr Dawson’s “Real Psychiatry”. I have been a psychiatrist … Continue reading “Real Psychiatry”

From the individual to the Institution

This is a film that considers morality and seeks to include the landscapes of all. The interviewee at the end of this film, talking about morality of public duty, is … Continue reading From the individual to the Institution

Tapering SSRI treatment to mitigate withdrawal symptoms

This Personal View by Mark Abie Horowitz and David Taylor has been published in this month’s Lancet. I have written to the authors to thank them for providing this sensible … Continue reading Tapering SSRI treatment to mitigate withdrawal symptoms

The Scottish Pharmacist

In an antique shop in Grantown in Spey I came across a 1978 edition of ‘The Scottish Pharmacist’. Some of the articles made me laugh out loud but led to … Continue reading The Scottish Pharmacist

‘The rules of science’

How many of us, like Dr Jauhar, are today guided by “the rules of science”? This short film is based on an edit of this interview and debate, aired on ‘All … Continue reading ‘The rules of science’

Award culture and ‘realistic psychiatry’

The annual Royal College of Psychiatrists Awards are to “mark the highest level of achievement in psychiatry.” Last week Professor Andrea Cipriani won the Academic Researcher of the Year award at … Continue reading Award culture and ‘realistic psychiatry’