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

“It’s an outrage!”

It is now more than 3 years since I heard the above presentation at this Continuing Medical Education (CME) event: Dr Christmas considered the over- and under- prescribing of antidepressants … Continue reading “It’s an outrage!”

70,000 followers

On the 29th April 2019, André Tomlin, a Founder and Board Member of Minervation Ltd,  shared on social media: “I started the Mental Elf 8 years ago. Today we ticked … Continue reading 70,000 followers

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

Compelling Evidence

The Expert told Parliament that there is “compelling evidence” for long-term treatment with antidepressants. This the Expert said is “maintenance treatment”.[1] The Expert told Parliament: “Depression is under-treated across the … Continue reading Compelling Evidence

“The pharmaceutical industry has successfully promoted the use of alternatives”

This study was published on the 28 February 2019 in the British Journal of Psychiatry. It is open access: Given my longstanding interest in factors influencing medical education in NHS … Continue reading “The pharmaceutical industry has successfully promoted the use of alternatives”

“And the Gordon Bennett Trophy goes to . . .”

It is likely that you will know the phrase “Gordon Bennett” as an expression of incredulity. But who was Gordon Bennett? And why is he remembered in this way? James … Continue reading “And the Gordon Bennett Trophy goes to . . .”

“A wrong un’ when you see it”

The January 2019 edition of the British Journal of Psychiatry has, as its theme: Treatment-Resistant Mood Disorders. In the Journal a “consensus definition” of “treatment resistance” was provided by a … Continue reading “A wrong un’ when you see it”

The Narrative Controllers

Science is important to us all. This post is an attempt to explore some of the broad issues that we need to consider to ensure scientific integrity. Science is more … Continue reading The Narrative Controllers

Little more than a day away . . .

Little more than a day away from this Royal College of Psychiatrists CPD approved event, these are the “declarations”:   The above screenshot was taken on the 14th November 2018 … Continue reading Little more than a day away . . .

“This unique event will bring together world leaders in research on depression”

This event hosted by the Royal Society of Medicine will take place at 1 Wimpole Street, London on the 29th January 2019. It has been approved for 6 CPD points. … Continue reading “This unique event will bring together world leaders in research on depression”

The Royal Society of Medicine: fine dining but no sunshine

I have written to a number of UK bodies who have a leadership role in healthcare to ask whether they support Sunshine legislation or not? I have now received this response from … Continue reading The Royal Society of Medicine: fine dining but no sunshine