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

“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?”

‘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’

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

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

To the Chair of the Scottish Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Friday 15th November 2019. Dear Professor Crichton, Subject: Dr Peter J Gordon, Consultant Psychiatrist for Older Adults (early retirement) As you will be aware I have decided to retire early … Continue reading To the Chair of the Scottish Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

“This full toolset”

A psychiatrist, who has become increasingly prominent on social media, and who has been regularly retweeted by the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, has stated that “we treat … Continue reading “This full toolset”

“toxic masculinity”

In today’s Scotland on Sunday I read Stuart Kelly’s review of a novel called ‘The Topeka School’ by Ben Lerner. The following passages from the review resonated with me.  Long … Continue reading “toxic masculinity”

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?”

My work diaries

I only have a phone for work and it is not “Smart”. I have therefore always relied – in my time as a doctor – on old-fashioned diaries! The above … Continue reading My work diaries

Leaving the profession

St John’s Hospital Livingston. NHS West Lothian EH54 6PP Friday 25th October 2019 To the President and Vice President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists: Professor Wendy Burn and Dr … Continue reading Leaving the profession