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

“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”

H.O.P.E.

In offering this ‘No Holds Barred’ perspective in the BMJ, Dr Margaret McCartney concludes: “Doctors should seek independent education. In fact, we should all do so – including MPs, guideline committees, … Continue reading H.O.P.E.

Psychiatry Without Borders

The International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists took place in Edinburgh, the city of my birth, between the 26 – 29 June 2017. This International Congress was called … Continue reading Psychiatry Without Borders

Psychiatry without borders

This week the International Congress for the Royal College of Psychiatrists is taking place in Edinburgh. It is titled “Psychiatry without Borders”. Given my concerns about the harms associated with over-medicalisation I … Continue reading Psychiatry without borders

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NHS Scotland: “Advisory Board Medics admit they were paid”

Last year, across the UK, healthcare workers received £41 million from the Pharmaceutical Industry. In Scotland we have no idea to whom this was paid and why. This report by … Continue reading NHS Scotland: “Advisory Board Medics admit they were paid”

British Association for Psychopharmacology Guidelines (BAP)

The above Evidence-based guidelines for treating depressive disorders with antidepressants have recently been published. The British Association for Psychopharmacology are an organisation highly regarded by my profession of psychiatry. 12% of their … Continue reading British Association for Psychopharmacology Guidelines (BAP)

Antipsychotic prescribing

A BMJ Open study has found that less than half the prescriptions for antipsychotic drugs issued in primary care in the United Kingdom are for the serious mental illnesses for … Continue reading Antipsychotic prescribing

Dementia Guidelines: research and clinical criteria are not simply “interchangeable”

It was encouraging to read that the G8 summit on dementia to be held this week in London will discuss the rising impact of dementia on the world’s population and … Continue reading Dementia Guidelines: research and clinical criteria are not simply “interchangeable”

A SUNSHINE ACT for Scotland

This is an exact transcript of a submission made 23rd August 2013 to the Public Petitions Committee of the Scottish Parliament. 1. Name of petitioner: Dr Peter J. Gordon 2. Petition title A … Continue reading A SUNSHINE ACT for Scotland