A drawing by my son, aged 5

I came across this drawing recently and noted the innocent juxtaposition by a child of different groups/types of people. [I should say, my son Andrew is now 22 years old!]

Esketamine: Regulators and a confusing narrative

I recently shared a BMJ report that outlined the approval of Esketamine in Europe: Since sharing this news, the following rapid response by the MHRA [The Medicines and Healthcare products … Continue reading Esketamine: Regulators and a confusing narrative

“Esketamine is approved in Europe”

The BMJ has published this News report, the full article can be accessed here.

Correspondence with the British Association for Psychopharmacology

Year after year, month after month, week after week, the British Association for Psychopharmacology [BAP] has invited psychiatrists, and psychiatrists in training, to their “educational meetings”. Throughout my career I … Continue reading Correspondence with the British Association for Psychopharmacology

‘I lost a decade of my life to prescription drugs’

In this article, published in the Telegraph Magazine, Miranda Levy, shares her experience of prescription drugs. Have you had similar experience? If you have, did you find both understanding and … Continue reading ‘I lost a decade of my life to prescription drugs’

“What is treatment resistance in Psychiatry?”

The above editorial “What is treatment resistance in Psychiatry?” features in the current edition of World Psychiatry and has generated considerable discussion on social media. Ten months ago this “News” … Continue reading “What is treatment resistance in Psychiatry?”

“Sink or swim”

Today is the last day of the International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists for 2019. It is being held in London and is entitled “Psychiatry: Inspiring Minds” I … Continue reading “Sink or swim”

“elf-haunted”

In ‘Pale Fire’ Vladimir Nabokov talks of “the elf-haunted alderwood”. All woodlands need light or there will not be new growth.

“reintegrate into daily life”

This photograph was shared on social media by a trainee psychiatrist who is attending the 2019 International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists [#RCPsychIC] The trainee psychiatrist added this … Continue reading “reintegrate into daily life”

Gamification

This week the Managing Director of Minervation Ltd gave a talk in Leeds about “blogging, social media, gamification & elves” A number of folk, unsure what gamification is, asked the … Continue reading Gamification

“Doctors gamble on a cure”

In recent posts I have shared some of what I have come across in the British Newspaper Archive in relation to a search on the word “serotonin”. I have found … Continue reading “Doctors gamble on a cure”

“Is this the answer to your problems?”

So asked the headline! From the Irish Independent of the 1st of December 1994. A book by Peter Kramer is mentioned: