‘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

Trainees’ Workshop

As part of the 2019 Summer Meeting the British Association for Psychopharmacology has organised a ‘Trainees’ Workshop’ chaired by Professor Jeremy Hall and with the following five speakers: I have … Continue reading Trainees’ Workshop

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

“uncritical partisan narrative”

In a previous post I shared this paper: The declarations of interest were given as follows: I have written the following open letter to the lead author: Sent: 22 May … Continue reading “uncritical partisan narrative”

“Antidepressants, withdrawal and addiction: where are we now?”

This perspective has just been published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. My brief response to one of the authors can be read here, alongside further details of the competing interests of … Continue reading “Antidepressants, withdrawal and addiction: where are we now?”

“Is this pill a miracle?”

So asked the headline! From the Irish Independent of the 2nd November 1993. Professor Antony Clare, in expressing his concerns about the sensationalism surrounding SSRIs and their promotion, concluded:

Psychiatry in General Practice (the early 1990s)

The following editorial was by Dr James Guy Edwards. It was published the year before I started training in psychiatry: The author was Editor of this Text Book: The first … Continue reading Psychiatry in General Practice (the early 1990s)

After the Defeat Depression Campaign

The Defeat Depression Campaign of the 1990s , entirely funded by the pharmaceutical industry, was an “educational campaign” organised by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in association with the Royal … Continue reading After the Defeat Depression Campaign