Depression: pills and dependence [a timeline following a letter in the Times]

On the 25 February 2018 the following letter by Professor Wendy Burn, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists [RCPsych] and Professor David Baldwin, Chairman of the RCPsych Psychopharmacology Committee, … Continue reading Depression: pills and dependence [a timeline following a letter in the Times]

“flattering and gratifying”

Professor Rob Howard has stated that he finds it “flattering and gratifying” to cause distress to others on social media.  On Twitter his provocative behaviour is regularly unpleasant and often … Continue reading “flattering and gratifying”

Revisiting language that disempowers patients

In this BMJ Analysis, Caitríona Cox and Zoë Fritz argue that outdated medical language that casts doubt, belittles, or blames patients jeopardises the therapeutic relationship and is overdue for change. … Continue reading Revisiting language that disempowers patients

Carefully chosen to justify the contributor’s view point

These days I am a gardener.  Sometimes I am reminded of my previous occupation.  For 25 years I worked as an NHS psychiatrist. In my training I was taught how … Continue reading Carefully chosen to justify the contributor’s view point