Psychiatry Careers in Scotland

On the 14th June 2019 the Vice President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (who is also Chair of the Scottish Division) was involved in a #choosepsychiatry campaign called “Psychiatry … Continue reading Psychiatry Careers in Scotland

Putting patients first: that is all I have tried to do

In today’s Herald the following news article by Helen McArdle features along with her analysis below. A PSYCHIATRIST said he was “gaslighted” by his own professional body after openly criticising … Continue reading Putting patients first: that is all I have tried to do

A letter in the BMJ

References: Davies J, Moncrieff J, Kinderman P, et al; Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry. Stigma and efficacy of taking antidepressants. Letter to the editor. Times 2018 Feb 23. Burns W. Pills for … Continue reading A letter in the BMJ

Psychiatry in General Practice (the early 1990s)

The following editorial was by Dr James Guy Edwards. It was published the year before I started training in psychiatry: The author was Editor of this Text Book: The first … Continue reading Psychiatry in General Practice (the early 1990s)

Siberia

The Porsolt Forced Swimming Test (Behavioural Despair Test) is centred on rodents’ response to the threat of drowning. It has been interpreted as measuring susceptibility to negative mood in humans. … Continue reading Siberia

P O R S O L T

The Porsolt Forced Swimming Test (Behavioural Despair Test) is centred on rodents’ response to the threat of drowning. It has been interpreted as measuring susceptibility to negative mood in humans. … Continue reading P O R S O L T

‘The over-certain doctor insists’

I have been trying to trace this old book but it seems to have gone out of print. I am not even sure that it exists. I hope that this … Continue reading ‘The over-certain doctor insists’

“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”

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?

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

“Objectivity” does not come in a title

On the 17 July 2018 Professor Roy Perlis shared the publication of this paper in which he was lead author: Professor Perlis who is Director, Center for Experimental Drugs and … Continue reading “Objectivity” does not come in a title

‘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 ________________’