“the result of chemical imbalances in the brain”

Recently there has been wide ranging discussion on the so-called ‘chemical imbalance’ theory and its place in history when it comes to understanding the prescribing of antidepressants. As an NHS … Continue reading “the result of chemical imbalances in the brain”

“The chemical imbalance idea was never actually held by psychiatry”

29 December 2019: Jesse Luke, a writer, researcher and cancer patient, started a social media thread with the following statement: “The ‘chemical balance’ idea was never actually held by psychiatry. … Continue reading “The chemical imbalance idea was never actually held by psychiatry”

‘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”

“Absolutely spot on !!!!”

The 2019 International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists has won Best Conference Development at the Association Awards UK. Naturally there was much sharing of the news of this … Continue reading “Absolutely spot on !!!!”

“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!”

Turning a blind eye

The President’s Lecture

On Friday 29 November 2019, Dr Adrian James, Registrar of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, introduced Dr Derek Tracy for ‘the President’s Lecture’ at the Winter Academic Meeting of the … Continue reading The President’s Lecture

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

‘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