“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”

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

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors

This perspective was published in the BMJ in 2004. It was written by: The authors began: The authors concluded: 15 years on and both these academics remain firmly at the … Continue reading Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors

EXIT music

This photograph is of a corridor that led out to a courtyard in the old hospital that I trained in. That hospital was Royal Cornhill in Aberdeen. I used to … Continue reading EXIT music

“a twitter spat”

Included in a heavily redacted response from the Royal College of Psychiatrists to a FOI request was the above internal communication. The identification of the sender has been redacted but … Continue reading “a twitter spat”

“Real Psychiatry”

Dr George Dawson, MD, writes as a ‘Real Psychiatrist’. Dr Samei Huda, a UK psychiatrist has shown unflinching transatlantic support for Dr Dawson’s “Real Psychiatry”. I have been a psychiatrist … Continue reading “Real Psychiatry”

“A fantastic insight”

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh have recently made available: It was signed over 450 years ago and predates the Geneva convention by over 300 years: I am not … Continue reading “A fantastic insight”

‘Even in today’s enlightened age . . .’

The above is a quote from Roy Porter a historian specialising in the history of medicine. It is an old quote as sadly Roy Porter died at a young age … Continue reading ‘Even in today’s enlightened age . . .’

Values

The following film is an expression of my reasons for having resigned from the Royal College of Psychiatrists. I took this decision after a lot of reflection about what is … Continue reading Values

‘Researching, practising, and debating mental health care’

I welcome this comment by Sarb Bajwa, Niall Boyce and Wendy Burn published recently in the the Lancet Psychiatry. This is a matter that I raised with the Royal College … Continue reading ‘Researching, practising, and debating mental health care’

Med älven

The title of this post comes from a P.S. note in a letter from the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer to his American friend Robert Bly. It returned my mind to … Continue reading Med älven

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