‘HEAR OUR VOICE’

In today’s Sunday Post the following open letter was shared: There was a wide range of signatories to this letter including Baroness Cumberlege who chaired the recent First Do No … Continue reading ‘HEAR OUR VOICE’

Protected: “Our focus on this occasion is drugs”

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The second most popular joke

This was listed as the second most popular joke in the Edinburgh Festival for 2019.  

Protected: “It’s an outrage!”

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Protected: ‘The rules of science’

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Protected: Award culture and ‘realistic psychiatry’

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“Chemical Imbalance”

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”

‘Realistic Medicine: Valuing People”

Alongside my NHS Lothian colleagues in psychiatry I have received an invitation to the Realistic Medicine Conference for 2018. It is entitled “Valuing People”. I have repeatedly made clear my … Continue reading ‘Realistic Medicine: Valuing People”

‘What steps can be taken to ensure that patient voices are listened to and heard’

On the 21st August 2018 the Scottish Parliament published this report on petition PE1517 Polypropylene Mesh Medical Devices. This statement was made by the authors (page 35) I share this … Continue reading ‘What steps can be taken to ensure that patient voices are listened to and heard’

‘Long term antidepressant use linked to ________________’

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 ________________’

Protected: “RCPsych Congress . . . it’s all you need!”

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Antidepressants (Overuse)

On the 9th May 2018 Michelle Ballantyne, MSP, raised the important issue of antidepressant overuse in the Scottish Parliament: This was the first part of the response made by the … Continue reading Antidepressants (Overuse)