Pure speculation

Given the high level of redaction of material from the Royal College of Psychiatrists in response to my Subject Access request, I can only speculate about who else may have … Continue reading Pure speculation

Psychiatry in Fabula

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

Pattern language: the professionals

The Realistic Medicine conference held at Dunblane on the 9th October 2018 was entitled: Unfortunately I was unable to be at this conference. One of my concerns relates to the … Continue reading Pattern language: the professionals

‘Good to refresh my memory of this’

Following the recent publication of the meta-analysis on antidepressant prescribing, the Chair of Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland and the Vice President of Royal College of Psychiatrists shared this five … Continue reading ‘Good to refresh my memory of this’

I N S I G H T

Psychiatrists across the world, when assessing mental states, have to consider “insight”. Psychiatrists, like myself, are also taught the “subjective-objective divide”. This “divide” has always troubled me, as it would … Continue reading I N S I G H T

‘Monty’: a doctor and Troll

I have contributed comments to PULSE for some years now. I have benefited as a specialist from hearing the perspectives of GP colleagues. Following recent comments made by me on … Continue reading ‘Monty’: a doctor and Troll

Words and numbers should be used with equal care

I have submitted the following to the BMJ in response to this research news: Large meta-analysis ends doubts about efficacy of antidepressants Not uncommonly, as part of the scientific community, … Continue reading Words and numbers should be used with equal care

‘The medical untouchables’

The following is a recent opinion piece by Dr Des Spence published in the British Journal of General Practice. I had been lined up to do the media interviews on … Continue reading ‘The medical untouchables’