Every October, as one of the promised actions of the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Strategy a report is published by ISD Scotland on the prescribing of ‘Medicines used in the mental … Continue reading Thoughts of a senior Scottish Psychiatrist
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!”
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
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
Over 6 years ago there was a head-to-head debate published in the BMJ on antidepressant prescribing. It so happened that this was between two Scottish NHS doctors: Professor Ian C … Continue reading Psychiatry in Fabula
I have been trying to trace this old book but it seems to have gone out of print. I am not even sure that it exists. I hope that this … Continue reading ‘The over-certain doctor insists’
Very sadly, the lead author of this letter, Professor Ian C Reid, died less than 6 months after it was published. I knew Ian Reid well as we both trained … Continue reading What duration of treatment with antidepressants is ‘appropriate’?
When I was started on an SSRI antidepressant in 1998 for anxiety I was told by my doctor that this would correct a “chemical imbalance” in my brain. As a … Continue reading “Chemical Imbalance”
In my dictionary I find this definition of ‘blot’: On learning that GSK will resume paying doctors to promote its drugs after a “policy U turn”, Fiona Godlee, Editor in … Continue reading A blot, a stain, or perhaps something worse?
I was recently interviewed to be part of this MIA podcast that considered financial conflicts of interest in relation to British Psychiatry and in particular in relation to expert contributions … Continue reading Conflicts of Interest Questioned in Review of Prescribed Drug Dependence
On the 17 July 2018 Professor Roy Perlis shared the publication of this paper in which he was lead author: Professor Perlis who is Director, Center for Experimental Drugs and … Continue reading “Objectivity” does not come in a title
Have I Got News for You is a topical comedy panel show featuring Ian Hislop and Paul Merton and has been regularly broadcast since 1990. It takes a satirical approach … Continue reading ‘Long term antidepressant use linked to ________________’