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

“Working with the Government”

These ‘100 words’ by Professor Louis Appleby were published in the British Journal of Psychiatry in September 2008.

I mistook myself for a scientific label

This is neither fact nor expert advice: I am an artist, poet, and all that may be in-between. This is neither fact nor expert advice: Specialisms are making nonsense of … Continue reading I mistook myself for a scientific label

Part of the conversation

I could never be a leader, I do not want to lead. I just want to be part of the conversation. I don’t want to be labelled, I do not … Continue reading Part of the conversation

l a b e l s

In 1930 Evelyn Waugh published a travel book that he called “Labels”: Twenty years later Evelyn Waugh had a three week period of psychosis and hallucinations which today might have … Continue reading l a b e l s

“Humbug”

The Editor of the Scotland on Sunday, in reference to language used in Parliament in the last week of September 2019, was of the opinion that it was: The Editor … Continue reading “Humbug”

Celebrating 25 years

The current edition of INSIGHT, the magazine of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, celebrates 25 years since the College opened its doors in Scotland. This anniversary spans the same period … Continue reading Celebrating 25 years

Akathisia and suicide

Two weeks ago I sent the following letter to the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and England’s National Lead for Suicide Prevention. I have had no acknowledgment of … Continue reading Akathisia and suicide

BIOTEX

Recently, on social media, the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists offered advice to somebody who had a blood-stained garment. The President said “Soak in cold water overnight. BIOTEX … Continue reading BIOTEX

An explanation

Shortly after this new text book was published I purchased it and read it over a long weekend in May. I took notes and added marginalia as I read [here … Continue reading An explanation

‘live in fragments no longer’

This is a passage from ‘A room with a view’ by E M Forster. It returned my thoughts to an approach to life taken by my profession, psychiatry. My thoughts … Continue reading ‘live in fragments no longer’