‘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’

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

“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”

To do the best we can

This is a short film I made almost a decade ago that I have not shared again until today. I would suggest that the following institutions and honourable professionals might … Continue reading To do the best we can

“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”

President of the British Association for Psychopharmacology

On Monday, 23rd July 2018, the Presidency of the British Association for Psychopharmacology (BAP) was handed over to Professor Allan Young. Professor Allan Young was the Chair of the Royal College … Continue reading President of the British Association for Psychopharmacology

The British Journal of Psychiatry: are competing interests of authors sufficiently transparent?

The current edition of the British Journal of Psychiatry, May 2018, contains academic papers on depressive disorders. In this post I will share some of the declarations of interest linked … Continue reading The British Journal of Psychiatry: are competing interests of authors sufficiently transparent?

May it be granted the older you are

On the 26th of April 2016 I attended the Cross Party Group on Mental Health and Older People, Age and Ageing, held at the Scottish Parliament. The following is an  … Continue reading May it be granted the older you are

“A mark of exceptional impact”

On the 26th March 2015, following a previous post by Hole Ousia, the Royal College of Psychiatrists stated that it “‏is committed to our Conflicts of Interest policy.”  This policy … Continue reading “A mark of exceptional impact”