“Good debate is respectful and constructive”

In December of 2018 The Royal College of Psychiatrists and the British Psychological Society came together to confirm a common set of ideals and principles. These were published in the … Continue reading “Good debate is respectful and constructive”

‘live in fragments no longer’

This is a passage from ‘A room with a view’ by E M Forster. It returned my thoughts to an approach to life taken by my profession, psychiatry. My thoughts … Continue reading ‘live in fragments no longer’

“Strong argument”

The Medical Model in Mental Health: An Explanation and Evaluation has recently been published by Oxford University Press. In the weeks leading up to publication the author stated “it is … Continue reading “Strong argument”

I mistook myself for a scientific label

Perhaps it was just me, but I somehow mistook myself for a scientific label! [I wrote this poem many years ago but it still seems relevant]

To go boldly (or to boldly go)

To go boldly: one example of is the categorisation of mental disorders. As a discipline it split the infinitive.  It has recently been suggested that psychiatric diagnoses should be “written in pencil”.  … Continue reading To go boldly (or to boldly go)

For all little Spartans

A page for one word poems (with titles as long as you so wish). This page is dedicated to all ‘Little Spartans’     I strive beyond the talk of … Continue reading For all little Spartans

Kailyards

My Gordon family came from remote and lost parts of Aberdeenshire. For some reason I keep returning to the now ruinous homesteads of my forebears where only wild kailyards continue … Continue reading Kailyards

‘Love the card!’

In an IQ Squared debate on the 12th November 2014, Professor Sir Simon Wessely, as President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists closed his argument by talking through the “Pill Shaming … Continue reading ‘Love the card!’

Labelled

There appears to be a new diagnostic category being used by some senior members of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. I am referring here to the frequent use of the … Continue reading Labelled

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