“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”

Published and unpublished comments on the PANDA trial

In September 2019 the following paper was published in the Lancet Psychiatry [the full open-access paper can be accessed here): Alongside the publication of the PANDA Trial in the Lancet … Continue reading Published and unpublished comments on the PANDA trial

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”

‘Workforce wellbeing’

Last Friday I learned that the Royal College of Psychiatrists was worried that my ideas were “over-valued”. The same day the College shared its full response to the recent General … Continue reading ‘Workforce wellbeing’

Time to say goodbye

It was interesting to read this month’s guest blog for the Royal College of Psychiatrists by the Chair of RCPsych Scotland, Professor John Crichton. The College has recently celebrated 25 … Continue reading Time to say goodbye

the stand-alone brain

The following quote from page 92 of ‘Aping Mankind’ by Raymond Tallis was about ‘stand-alone brain’ research. I was reminded of this in coming across a recent “Brain Camp” where … Continue reading the stand-alone brain

Time to say goodbye

It was interesting to read this month’s guest blog for the Royal College of Psychiatrists by the Chair of RCPsych Scotland, Professor John Crichton. The College has recently celebrated 25 … Continue reading Time to say goodbye

“Where are the women?”

A previous post on Hole Ousia that briefly considered Psychiatrists on Social Media was recently shared on Twitter in a way that was out of context and this reminded me, … Continue reading “Where are the women?”