EXIT music

This photograph is of a corridor that led out to a courtyard in the old hospital that I trained in. That hospital was Royal Cornhill in Aberdeen. I used to … Continue reading EXIT music

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

Rising antidepressant prescriptions

Dr Samei Huda, 27th February 2019: “Actually the rise isn’t because people are struggling to get off but because doctors are following the evidence which shows antidepressants prevent relapse which … Continue reading Rising antidepressant prescriptions

What duration of treatment with antidepressants is ‘appropriate’?

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’?

Room under the umbrella

Minervation Ltd (Mental Elf) has recently shared an analysis and critique of the following paper stating that it was “deeply flawed and unreliable”: The analysis of this paper by Dr … Continue reading Room under the umbrella

A blot, a stain, or perhaps something worse?

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?

As an artist perhaps I am merely a way for ‘memory’ to get out into the world

I have a memory that tends to rely on the visual. Last week I was gifted a book of old architectural photographs. One photograph in particular arrested me: The film below, … Continue reading As an artist perhaps I am merely a way for ‘memory’ to get out into the world

Conflicts of Interest Questioned in Review of Prescribed Drug Dependence

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

Sylvia

This film is based on a person that I never knew, as our time-spans did not overlap. I have read ‘The Bell Jar’ by Sylvia Plath and much of Ted … Continue reading Sylvia

“Dominated by people against psychiatric medication”

The Minutes of the Psychopharmacology Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists provide some insight into high-level decision making on the education of psychiatrists and their approach to prescribing. The … Continue reading “Dominated by people against psychiatric medication”

The Psychopharmacology Committee

Professor David Baldwin took chairmanship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Psychopharmacology Committee when Professor Allan Young had completed his tenure as chair. Based on available evidence, and this is … Continue reading The Psychopharmacology Committee

The President of my College

I was recently asked by a friend what I made of some of the responses by the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists on the potential for antidepressants to … Continue reading The President of my College