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:

Siberia

The Porsolt Forced Swimming Test (Behavioural Despair Test) is centred on rodents’ response to the threat of drowning. It has been interpreted as measuring susceptibility to negative mood in humans. … Continue reading Siberia

P O R S O L T

The Porsolt Forced Swimming Test (Behavioural Despair Test) is centred on rodents’ response to the threat of drowning. It has been interpreted as measuring susceptibility to negative mood in humans. … Continue reading P O R S O L T

Aye RIGHT!

“Aye, Right! is a Scotticism in which a double positive forms a negative. It is generally used as a sarcastic response to question or to challenge a presumption. The following … Continue reading Aye RIGHT!

“Real Psychiatry”

Dr George Dawson, MD, writes as a ‘Real Psychiatrist’. Dr Samei Huda, a UK psychiatrist has shown unflinching transatlantic support for Dr Dawson’s “Real Psychiatry”. I have been a psychiatrist … Continue reading “Real Psychiatry”

Dr William Sargant did not write these words

Dr William Sargant (1907-1988) was a major force in British Psychiatry. Dr Sargant campaigned for the Medical Model of Psychiatry with military zeal. He had no interest in treatments that … Continue reading Dr William Sargant did not write these words

Tapering SSRI treatment to mitigate withdrawal symptoms

This Personal View by Mark Abie Horowitz and David Taylor has been published in this month’s Lancet. I have written to the authors to thank them for providing this sensible … Continue reading Tapering SSRI treatment to mitigate withdrawal symptoms

“I had dinner with William Sargant . . .”

The March 2019 edition of the British Journal of General Practice focuses on mental health. The Editor, Roger Jones, opened the journal: The Editor then went on to consider R … Continue reading “I had dinner with William Sargant . . .”

To go boldly (or to boldly go)

To go boldly: one example of is the categorisation of mental disorders. As a discipline it split the infinitive.  It has recently been suggested that psychiatric diagnoses should be “written in pencil”.  … Continue reading To go boldly (or to boldly go)

‘The Medical Model in Mental Health’

This book by Dr Samei Huda is soon to be published by Oxford University Press. It promises to offer an “explanation and evaluation” of the ‘Medical Model in Mental Health’. … Continue reading ‘The Medical Model in Mental Health’