“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”

vivendo discimus

‘Vivendo discimus’ has been translated as “by living we learn”. Julian Baggini, in ‘How the World thinks’ shared different academic approaches to reason and experience. The following professionals have become … Continue reading vivendo discimus

The ‘serotonin hypothesis’

In his acclaimed book How the World thinks, the philosopher Julian Baggini offers these considerations on the ‘Serotonin hypothesis’:    

A Twitter thread

In this Twitter thread Professor Allen Frances shares “Good News”.    

“Good news”

Professor Allen Frances, the author of ‘Saving Normal’ recently shared a ‘Systematic Umbrella Review‘ on antidepressants and adverse outcomes. In doing so, Professor Frances described this as: “Good news: Antidepressants … Continue reading “Good news”

Parma Violets

If you have read some of my writings, you may have come across me sharing one of my earliest memories: it was from a Silvercross pram that my mum used … Continue reading Parma Violets

“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”

Going off antidepressants – take time to quit

This is a transcription of a Radio New Zealand (RNZ), interview with Professor David Taylor, Director of Pharmacy and Pathology at the Maudsley Hospital in London. Professor Taylor is a … Continue reading Going off antidepressants – take time to quit

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

‘Enhancing shared decision making about discontinuation of antidepressant medication’

This article features in the current edition of the British Journal of General Practice. I can share only the summary as it is not free-to-view. My reading of the findings … Continue reading ‘Enhancing shared decision making about discontinuation of antidepressant medication’

‘Problematic Advice from Suicide Prevention Experts’

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