“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”

“It is a wonderful mixture of medicine, history and philosophy”

On the 15th August 2019 the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists shared her view of a newly published textbook: “It is a wonderful mixture of medicine, history and … Continue reading “It is a wonderful mixture of medicine, history and philosophy”

The “Chemical imbalance” theory

What follows is a selection of a selection of a selection of printed media reports on the so-called “chemical imbalance theory”. Almost without exception the word “theory” was not included: … Continue reading The “Chemical imbalance” theory

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

“What is the point of all this nastiness?”

In a recent ‘Real Psychiatry’ blog post, Dr George Dawson, MD, provided a helpful summary diagram on aspects of the ‘Professional identity of a Psychiatrist’ which included the above list … Continue reading “What is the point of all this nastiness?”

“Our focus on this occasion is drugs”

What follows is the programme for the The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland Winter Meeting, which will be held at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh on 31st … Continue reading “Our focus on this occasion is drugs”