Outside the circle of listeners

“I haven’t experienced lobotomy”

Joe Pierre, MD, 10 December 2019: “I haven’t experienced lobotomy, but I did have acupuncture as part of an experience in med school. I found it very uncomfortable, but when … Continue reading “I haven’t experienced lobotomy”

Correspondence with the British Association for Psychopharmacology

Year after year, month after month, week after week, the British Association for Psychopharmacology [BAP] has invited psychiatrists, and psychiatrists in training, to their “educational meetings”. Throughout my career I … Continue reading Correspondence with the British Association for Psychopharmacology

“Immoral Police”

Following my post of yesterday in which I shared concerns that have been expressed in relation to professional conduct on social media by some members of the Royal College of … Continue reading “Immoral Police”

“Hats off, Young Sir”

Yesterday, Dr Paul Morrison, Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychopharmacology researcher, tweeted this: “Three cheers to Dr Samei Huda for standing up to aggressive, right-wing anti-psychiatrists, despite complaints, harassment and intimidation.” This … Continue reading “Hats off, Young Sir”

Wrapping paper

A UK psychiatrist, yesterday, on Twitter: “I’m thinking of using my stack of Yellow Journals for wrapping paper (I’ve memorised the contents)” President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists: “And … Continue reading Wrapping paper

Responses

This short film is almost ten years old [the text for it is provided below]: All the responses to my films have been different and this is to be celebrated. … Continue reading Responses

Pennine Care Education: “Tips around Twitter”

A senior trainee psychiatrist described one of the talks given on a recent Pennine Care Training and Research day  as “really interesting and informative”. The talk was described as providing … Continue reading Pennine Care Education: “Tips around Twitter”

‘Problematic Advice from Suicide Prevention Experts’

This paper can be accessed here. [It is pay-for-view but offers an important analysis]

‘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’

Flight of ideas

The following is a widely accepted medical definition of ‘flight of ideas‘ as a sign of ‘major mental illness’: “a rapid shifting of ideas with only superficial associative connections between … Continue reading Flight of ideas

Under-valued ideas

Almost a year ago the Chair of the Scottish Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Professor John Crichton, phoned me in connection with a wider debate around the media … Continue reading Under-valued ideas