Lesson of the week

This was the lesson of the week as published in the BMJ, June 2002:

Ten years ago

In my previous post I shared an article describing Dr Ladislav Haskovec’s recognition of akathisia in 1901. Akathisia is the truly horrid condition that causes unremitting restlessness, fear, terror and … Continue reading Ten years ago

Akathisia

Almost two decades ago the British Journal of Psychiatry included an interesting account about Akathisia to mark the hundredth anniversary of its recognition as a very serious, dangerous and unpleasant … Continue reading Akathisia

Position statement: frequency of withdrawal reactions

Following the publication of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Position Statement on antidepressants and depression there was widespread news coverage supported by Expert Statements by Professor Allan Young and Professor … Continue reading Position statement: frequency of withdrawal reactions

Letter to Professor Andrea Cipriani

Wednesday, 29 May 2019 Dear Professor Cipriani, The SUSANA Survey: I have now had some time to think over your considered response. Thank you again for this. I have never … Continue reading Letter to Professor Andrea Cipriani

SUSANA survey

I have recently completed this survey. This is how the survey is introduced: I have over twenty years experience of antidepressants as both a patient and as a prescriber so … Continue reading SUSANA survey

“uncritical partisan narrative”

In a previous post I shared this paper: The declarations of interest were given as follows: I have written the following open letter to the lead author: Sent: 22 May … Continue reading “uncritical partisan narrative”

“Antidepressants, withdrawal and addiction: where are we now?”

This perspective has just been published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. My brief response to one of the authors can be read here, alongside further details of the competing interests of … Continue reading “Antidepressants, withdrawal and addiction: where are we now?”

‘At least 500 million years of nervous system evolution’

The British Journal of Psychiatry has a series called “100 words”. The above was a submission by Professor Philip J. Cowen published in 2013: 500 million years reduced to 100 … Continue reading ‘At least 500 million years of nervous system evolution’

After the Defeat Depression Campaign

The Defeat Depression Campaign of the 1990s , entirely funded by the pharmaceutical industry, was an “educational campaign” organised by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in association with the Royal … Continue reading After the Defeat Depression Campaign

“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”