“Immoral Police”

Following my post of yesterday in which I shared concerns that have been expressed in relation to professional conduct on social media by some members of the Royal College of … Continue reading “Immoral Police”

Turning a blind eye

“Hats off, Young Sir”

Yesterday, Dr Paul Morrison, Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychopharmacology researcher, tweeted this: “Three cheers to Dr Samei Huda for standing up to aggressive, right-wing anti-psychiatrists, despite complaints, harassment and intimidation.” This … Continue reading “Hats off, Young Sir”

Going off antidepressants – take time to quit

This is a transcription of a Radio New Zealand (RNZ), interview with Professor David Taylor, Director of Pharmacy and Pathology at the Maudsley Hospital in London. Professor Taylor is a … Continue reading Going off antidepressants – take time to quit

‘Tender loving care and SEROXAT’

Paroxetine was promoted [advertised] to doctors in many ways including this strap-line: ‘Tender loving care and SEROXAT’:

“Our focus on this occasion is drugs”

What follows is the programme for the The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland Winter Meeting, which will be held at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh on 31st … Continue reading “Our focus on this occasion is drugs”

Pennine Care Education: “Tips around Twitter”

A senior trainee psychiatrist described one of the talks given on a recent Pennine Care Training and Research day  as “really interesting and informative”. The talk was described as providing … Continue reading Pennine Care Education: “Tips around Twitter”

‘Enhancing shared decision making about discontinuation of antidepressant medication’

This article features in the current edition of the British Journal of General Practice. I can share only the summary as it is not free-to-view. My reading of the findings … Continue reading ‘Enhancing shared decision making about discontinuation of antidepressant medication’

‘Problematic Advice from Suicide Prevention Experts’

This paper can be accessed here. [It is pay-for-view but offers an important analysis]

‘Workforce wellbeing’

Last Friday I learned that the Royal College of Psychiatrists was worried that my ideas were “over-valued”. The same day the College shared its full response to the recent General … Continue reading ‘Workforce wellbeing’

Under-valued ideas

Almost a year ago the Chair of the Scottish Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Professor John Crichton, phoned me in connection with a wider debate around the media … Continue reading Under-valued ideas

Time to say goodbye

It was interesting to read this month’s guest blog for the Royal College of Psychiatrists by the Chair of RCPsych Scotland, Professor John Crichton. The College has recently celebrated 25 … Continue reading Time to say goodbye