The International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

From a distance I could see the vibrant colours of all those who were there at the International Congress #RCPsychIC and I could feel the  determination for good. A Poet … Continue reading The International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Courage

The Royal College of Psychiatrists offer a C-I-R-C-L-E of values beginning with this statement on courage: It is my view that courage needs to be open to all [and every] … Continue reading Courage

“The Coulson effect”?

In December 2016, Professor Sir Simon Wessely, who was then the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, was delighted to announce the appointment of Nick Hodgson as Media Manager … Continue reading “The Coulson effect”?

“What do we value?”

The following article features in the summer 2019  I N S I G HT  magazine by the Royal College of Psychiatrists: This I N S I G H T article … Continue reading “What do we value?”

“Strong argument”

The Medical Model in Mental Health: An Explanation and Evaluation has recently been published by Oxford University Press. In the weeks leading up to publication the author stated “it is … Continue reading “Strong argument”

My career began with the “Defeat Depression Campaign”

I began training in psychiatry in October 1993 just after the “Defeat Depression Campaign” had been launched. It ran alongside the five years of my training. This “Campaign” had the … Continue reading My career began with the “Defeat Depression Campaign”

Medical leadership for mind, brain and body.

This is the trade-marked strap-line for the American Psychiatric Association. Over my 25 year career as an NHS Scotland psychiatrist I have seen many of my colleagues travel to America … Continue reading Medical leadership for mind, brain and body.

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