“Good debate is respectful and constructive”

In December of 2018 The Royal College of Psychiatrists and the British Psychological Society came together to confirm a common set of ideals and principles. These were published in the … Continue reading “Good debate is respectful and constructive”

‘They say no’

The words in this piece on antidepressant prescribing come from the novel ‘Grace Notes’ by Bernard MacLaverty. This novel was published the same year that I was started on an … Continue reading ‘They say no’

Admitted to a Mental Hospital: Gordon Bennett

Russell T. Davies and Ian McEwan are just two of many writers who like to imagine how the world might have “unfolded” had there been slight changes to past events. … Continue reading Admitted to a Mental Hospital: Gordon Bennett

Gamification

This week the Managing Director of Minervation Ltd gave a talk in Leeds about “blogging, social media, gamification & elves” A number of folk, unsure what gamification is, asked the … Continue reading Gamification

Lesson of the week

This was the lesson of the week as published in the BMJ, June 2002:

Ten years ago

In my previous post I shared an article describing Dr Ladislav Haskovec’s recognition of akathisia in 1901. Akathisia is the truly horrid condition that causes unremitting restlessness, fear, terror and … Continue reading Ten years ago

Position statement: frequency of withdrawal reactions

Following the publication of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Position Statement on antidepressants and depression there was widespread news coverage supported by Expert Statements by Professor Allan Young and Professor … Continue reading Position statement: frequency of withdrawal reactions

“And the Gordon Bennett Trophy goes to . . .”

It is likely that you will know the phrase “Gordon Bennett” as an expression of incredulity. But who was Gordon Bennett? And why is he remembered in this way? James … Continue reading “And the Gordon Bennett Trophy goes to . . .”

Award culture and ‘realistic psychiatry’

The annual Royal College of Psychiatrists Awards are to “mark the highest level of achievement in psychiatry.” Last week Professor Andrea Cipriani won the Academic Researcher of the Year award at … Continue reading Award culture and ‘realistic psychiatry’

Pattern language: the professionals

The Realistic Medicine conference held at Dunblane on the 9th October 2018 was entitled: Unfortunately I was unable to be at this conference. One of my concerns relates to the … Continue reading Pattern language: the professionals

Sunshine legislation

I have just sent this letter: Sent: 07 October 2018 10:49 Subject: Sunshine legislation Bridge of Allan, 7th October 2018 Dear Royal Colleges, General Medical Council, UK Governments, UK Parliaments/Assemblies, … Continue reading Sunshine legislation

Professor David M. Taylor

This is my latest post as part of a series reporting the available information on competing financial interests in ‘key opinion leaders’ in British psychiatry. Prof David Taylor’s declaration, Science … Continue reading Professor David M. Taylor