‘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’

Kelly’s cats

I made this film at the start of the year. It is an artistic film that considers suicide. It is also a film about all that matters to me. Union … Continue reading Kelly’s cats

Kindness, attention and respect

Many years ago, one of my patients who had lost a child to suicide, wrote to me to say: Some years later I read this: I have previously shared considerations … Continue reading Kindness, attention and respect

“People don’t believe a word I say”

In this old film of mine, which considers my experience of the selective-serotonin-reuptake inhibitor, SEROXAT, I said at one point: “People don’t believe a word I say” This was a … Continue reading “People don’t believe a word I say”

It is by living that we learn

The following account of my experience of trying to stop an antidepressant features in today’s Daily Mail. This did not feel a comfortable thing to share in a national newspaper … Continue reading It is by living that we learn

Psychiatry Careers in Scotland

On the 14th June 2019 the Vice President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (who is also Chair of the Scottish Division) was involved in a #choosepsychiatry campaign called “Psychiatry … Continue reading Psychiatry Careers in Scotland

‘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’

“Strong argument”

The Medical Model in Mental Health: An Explanation and Evaluation has recently been published by Oxford University Press. In the weeks leading up to publication the author stated “it is … Continue reading “Strong argument”

Putting patients first: that is all I have tried to do

In today’s Herald the following news article by Helen McArdle features along with her analysis below. A PSYCHIATRIST said he was “gaslighted” by his own professional body after openly criticising … Continue reading Putting patients first: that is all I have tried to do

‘Royal College adds voice’

The following is an article published in the current BMJ:

My career began with the “Defeat Depression Campaign”

I began training in psychiatry in October 1993 just after the “Defeat Depression Campaign” had been launched. It ran alongside the five years of my training. This “Campaign” had the … Continue reading My career began with the “Defeat Depression Campaign”