‘Withdrawal advice added to depression guide’

This editorial begins the current BMJ:

“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?”

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 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?

The Psychopharmacology Committee

Professor David Baldwin took chairmanship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Psychopharmacology Committee when Professor Allan Young had completed his tenure as chair. Based on available evidence, and this is … Continue reading The Psychopharmacology Committee

The development of healthcare Guidelines should be fully open

In a recent post I wrote about the decision by NICE to re-consult on depression guidelines. This late stage development followed on from a briefing from a group of experts … Continue reading The development of healthcare Guidelines should be fully open

NICE reconsults on depression guidelines

I recently read an article in PULSE which revealed that NICE has launched a second consultation on a new guideline for treating and managing depression in adults. The article explained … Continue reading NICE reconsults on depression guidelines

“OPAC tools are working”

It is over a year since I last wrote about delirium. Being aware that the new Care Standards for older people in hospital were to be published this month I … Continue reading “OPAC tools are working”

Infusion of worldwide teas

This short closing section on “delirium” has taken as a title a few words from Love in the time of Cholera. I have read this book several times and the … Continue reading Infusion of worldwide teas

Dr Neil Houston

I have found myself under relentless pressure from a local GP, Dr Neil Houston, to expand the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease to include people who do not meet established clinical criteria for dementia. I … Continue reading Dr Neil Houston