Siberia

The Porsolt Forced Swimming Test (Behavioural Despair Test) is centred on rodents’ response to the threat of drowning. It has been interpreted as measuring susceptibility to negative mood in humans. … Continue reading Siberia

“Discontinuation Syndrome”

Yesterday an Editorial by the Sunday Times Health Editor was headlined “Patients’ charity Pain UK took cash from Big Pharma”. It was based on an investigation into what have been … Continue reading “Discontinuation Syndrome”

P O R S O L T

The Porsolt Forced Swimming Test (Behavioural Despair Test) is centred on rodents’ response to the threat of drowning. It has been interpreted as measuring susceptibility to negative mood in humans. … Continue reading P O R S O L T

The peacemaker

A film about Oswald’s Temple, Auchincruive, Ayrshire Music credit: Scott Walker Revisited

Psychiatry in Fabula

Over 6 years ago there was a head-to-head debate published in the BMJ on antidepressant prescribing. It so happened that this was between two Scottish NHS doctors: Professor Ian C … Continue reading Psychiatry in Fabula

“Just when we need them most”

9 February 2019. The President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists: “Really skilled Consultants in all specialties are walking away from the NHS just when we need them most” The … Continue reading “Just when we need them most”

‘a good first step to greater understanding’

This was part of the Queen’s speech on the 25th December 2018. Here are some recent posts by me which consider the need for respectful relations. This is a matter … Continue reading ‘a good first step to greater understanding’

“This unique event will bring together world leaders in research on depression”

This event hosted by the Royal Society of Medicine will take place at 1 Wimpole Street, London on the 29th January 2019. It has been approved for 6 CPD points. … Continue reading “This unique event will bring together world leaders in research on depression”

‘The audacity of hope’

The teddy bear that often features in my films belongs to my son Andrew. The bear is called Hale Bopp, and is named after the comet that was trailing a … Continue reading ‘The audacity of hope’

‘The power of language use in psychiatry’

All material used in this pictogram comes from published sources in the public domain: The power of language: Use in psychiatry; Rif S. El-Mallakh, and Sabine Doenninghaus; Published online: 02 … Continue reading ‘The power of language use in psychiatry’

“The ultimate power couple”

Back in February of this year I wrote a post on special partnerships. In researching this I came across the above transcript of Jim Al-Khalili’s interview with Professor Sir Simon … Continue reading “The ultimate power couple”

Sunshine, light, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists

3rd October 2018, Fiona Godlee, Editor-in-Chief of the BMJ: “We need a Sunshine Act to ensure that payments are properly declared. We also need action from medicines’s leaders – the … Continue reading Sunshine, light, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists