SSRI ‘discontinuation syndrome’ or withdrawal

This Analysis by Massabki and Abi-Jaoude has been published in the British Journal of Psychiatry. It has been made open-access.

A published and an unpublished review of ‘Bad Pharma’

Professor Ian Reid, who died tragically early at the age of 53 on 15 June 2014, played a leading role in British, especially Scottish academic psychiatry for over two decades. … Continue reading A published and an unpublished review of ‘Bad Pharma’

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

‘negligible’

Please see this previous post [our family dictionary has this definition of ‘negligible’]

“The influence of pharma on most psychiatrists in the UK is negligible”

Professor Wendy Burn, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists [24 December 2019]: “The influence of pharma on most psychiatrists in the UK is negligible.” As we say in Scotland: … Continue reading “The influence of pharma on most psychiatrists in the UK is negligible”

“Esketamine is approved in Europe”

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

“The Election that really matters!”

The cover of the December 2019 edition of the INSIGHT magazine of the Royal College of Psychiatrists has a cartoon that portrays the Election of the next College President as … Continue reading “The Election that really matters!”

Parma Violets

If you have read some of my writings, you may have come across me sharing one of my earliest memories: it was from a Silvercross pram that my mum used … Continue reading Parma Violets

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

A Royal College calls for

In the NEWS section of the BMJ it has been confirmed that the “The Royal College of General Practitioners will call on the General Medical Council to ensure that all … Continue reading A Royal College calls for

The “Chemical imbalance” theory

What follows is a selection of a selection of a selection of printed media reports on the so-called “chemical imbalance theory”. Almost without exception the word “theory” was not included: … Continue reading The “Chemical imbalance” theory

Throughout November: your questions answered

Throughout November, the three candidates for the next President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists have been answering questions “important to members, patients and carers”. Tomorrow is the last day … Continue reading Throughout November: your questions answered