“Excessive claims by drug firms”

You may read this title and wonder who said it? If you have come across my blog before it would be reasonable to consider that it was said by me! … Continue reading “Excessive claims by drug firms”

‘Battle for the Mind’

Dr William Sargant (1907-1988) was a British psychiatrist who is remembered for the evangelical zeal with which he promoted physical methods of treatments in psychiatry. The text book he co-wrote … Continue reading ‘Battle for the Mind’

“Strong argument”

The Medical Model in Mental Health: An Explanation and Evaluation has recently been published by Oxford University Press. In the weeks leading up to publication the author stated “it is … Continue reading “Strong argument”

My career began with the “Defeat Depression Campaign”

I began training in psychiatry in October 1993 just after the “Defeat Depression Campaign” had been launched. It ran alongside the five years of my training. This “Campaign” had the … Continue reading My career began with the “Defeat Depression Campaign”

Front cover – Back cover

This is the front and back cover of the current BMJ (1 June 2019) Generally speaking – industry adverts such as this are not recorded in Journal archives.

What hell and terror

I consider this U-turn as nothing but welcome. I have written to the President, Vice-President and CEO of the Royal College of Psychiatrists to say so. What hell/terror it has … Continue reading What hell and terror

A review: The Medical Model in Mental Health

In the author’s words: As a reviewer I qualify in all of these domains. At outset, the author of this Oxford Text Book makes clear: In acknowledging these omissions the … Continue reading A review: The Medical Model in Mental Health

“Is this the answer to your problems?”

So asked the headline! From the Irish Independent of the 1st of December 1994. A book by Peter Kramer is mentioned:

Dead Rat brains implored: it is by living we learn

From: Peter J Gordon Sent: 17 May 2019 To: The President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists; the former President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists; the Vice-President of the … Continue reading Dead Rat brains implored: it is by living we learn

I mistook myself for a scientific label

Perhaps it was just me, but I somehow mistook myself for a scientific label! [I wrote this poem many years ago but it still seems relevant]

“what we believe in”

Having shared a series of social media responses to the hashtag #ITakeMedsForMyMentalHealth the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists has found herself caught up in polarising social media exchanges … Continue reading “what we believe in”

70,000 followers

On the 29th April 2019, André Tomlin, a Founder and Board Member of Minervation Ltd,  shared on social media: “I started the Mental Elf 8 years ago. Today we ticked … Continue reading 70,000 followers