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

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’

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

To the Chair of the Scottish Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Friday 15th November 2019. Dear Professor Crichton, Subject: Dr Peter J Gordon, Consultant Psychiatrist for Older Adults (early retirement) As you will be aware I have decided to retire early … Continue reading To the Chair of the Scottish Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

The Scottish Pharmacist

At the time of making this film, nearly 1 in 5 Scots are taking antidepressants. Many are taking them indefinitely. I was prescribed Paroxetine (SEROXAT) over 20 years ago for … Continue reading The Scottish Pharmacist

Observer’s Observation: an Update

By Marion Brown, 25 September 2017. Since writing my ‘Outsiders Observation’ piece ‘Medically Unexplained Symptoms in General Practice’ for GP View at the end of 2016, there seems to have … Continue reading Observer’s Observation: an Update

‘An outsider’s observation’

GP View is no longer extant. This article, by Marion Brown, was published by GP View in December 2016: Marion Brown is the first of our guest mental health experts … Continue reading ‘An outsider’s observation’

‘I lost a decade of my life to prescription drugs’

In this article, published in the Telegraph Magazine, Miranda Levy, shares her experience of prescription drugs. Have you had similar experience? If you have, did you find both understanding and … Continue reading ‘I lost a decade of my life to prescription drugs’

“The Scottish Government has no plans to introduce a sunshine act”

I have received this response from the Scottish Government. The Scottish Government has chosen to ignore the voices of Scotland: