A conversation from 2014 on the duration of antidepressant treatment

This correspondence with Professor Ian Reid is from 2014. This is the first time that I have shared it in the public domain. In my opinion, narrative is no less … Continue reading A conversation from 2014 on the duration of antidepressant treatment

A published and an unpublished review of ‘Bad Pharma’

Professor Ian Reid, who died tragically early at the age of 53 on 15 June 2014, played a leading role in British, especially Scottish academic psychiatry for over two decades. … Continue reading A published and an unpublished review of ‘Bad Pharma’

Thoughts of a senior Scottish Psychiatrist

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

‘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’

Experience is the best teacher

2000 years have passed since Cicero said that: “experience is the best teacher” [Usus magister est optimus] This is the current dictionary definition of experience: As a doctor, scientist, and artist I … Continue reading Experience is the best teacher

Gilbert Farie Revisited

I made this film 5 years ago. In the five years that have passed since making, prescribing of antidepressants has risen from 1-in-9 Scots to 1-in-7. My view is that this is most … Continue reading Gilbert Farie Revisited