A letter in the BMJ

References: Davies J, Moncrieff J, Kinderman P, et al; Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry. Stigma and efficacy of taking antidepressants. Letter to the editor. Times 2018 Feb 23. Burns W. Pills for … Continue reading A letter in the BMJ

“Is this pill a miracle?”

So asked the headline! From the Irish Independent of the 2nd November 1993. Professor Antony Clare, in expressing his concerns about the sensationalism surrounding SSRIs and their promotion, concluded:

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors

This perspective was published in the BMJ in 2004. It was written by: The authors began: The authors concluded: 15 years on and both these academics remain firmly at the … Continue reading Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors

Compelling Evidence

The Expert told Parliament that there is “compelling evidence” for long-term treatment with antidepressants. This the Expert said is “maintenance treatment”.[1] The Expert told Parliament: “Depression is under-treated across the … Continue reading Compelling Evidence

“Unpicked” by an Expert

I shared some of my reflections on the Cross Party Group on Mental Health and Older People with the senior Scottish Psychiatrist and Government advisor who had given a presentation … Continue reading “Unpicked” by an Expert

Two years ago

Two years ago, almost to the day, I attended a Cross Party Group on Mental Health and Older People at the Scottish Parliament. I found it a difficult meeting for … Continue reading Two years ago

Let the light shine in

Last Sunday Paula Murray wrote an article on my campaign for a Sunshine Act for Scotland. Marion Brown has since kindly shared with me the associated Sunday Express Opinion [as … Continue reading Let the light shine in

Sylvia Plath said . . .

From the’The Bell Jar’ Image is of Colinton Pharmacy.

‘The Scottish Government has missed an opportunity’

I was not aware of this news article published in the Sunday Express 31 March 2019. My mother’s neighbour came across it. I wonder what was the “opinion” [on page … Continue reading ‘The Scottish Government has missed an opportunity’

Kept in the dark

This is a current Editorial in the BMJ by associate Professor Joseph S Ross of Yale School of Medicine:

The Scottish Government rejects sunshine legislation

The above photograph is of me standing this morning outside the bricked-up, free of light, Forth Defences, at Braefoot. It felt to me an appropriate place to go given this … Continue reading The Scottish Government rejects sunshine legislation

‘The willingness among some . . .’

The support of the BMJ Editor in Chief to address meaningfully financial conflicts of interest in medicine and science is most welcome. As an NHS doctor of 25 years I … Continue reading ‘The willingness among some . . .’