Admitted to a Mental Hospital: Gordon Bennett

Russell T. Davies and Ian McEwan are just two of many writers who like to imagine how the world might have “unfolded” had there been slight changes to past events. … Continue reading Admitted to a Mental Hospital: Gordon Bennett

‘Royal College adds voice’

The following is an article published in the current BMJ:

Position Statement: “FACTS”

The Royal College of Psychiatrists Position Statement on antidepressants and depression was published on the 30th May 2019. The very same day, the President, Registrar and CEO of the Royal … Continue reading Position Statement: “FACTS”

Position Statement: “the so called withdrawal reactions”

In an Expert Statement for the Science Media Centre, Professor Allan Young, King’s College London, offered this opinion in relation to the Royal College of Psychiatrists Position Statement on antidepressants … Continue reading Position Statement: “the so called withdrawal reactions”

Position statement by Psychiatry: ‘not a moment too soon’

The following headlines and considerations come from the Daily Mail and the TIMES on the day that the Royal College of Psychiatrists released it’s Position Statement on Antidepressants and Depression:

“And the Gordon Bennett Trophy goes to . . .”

It is likely that you will know the phrase “Gordon Bennett” as an expression of incredulity. But who was Gordon Bennett? And why is he remembered in this way? James … Continue reading “And the Gordon Bennett Trophy goes to . . .”

Award culture and ‘realistic psychiatry’

The annual Royal College of Psychiatrists Awards are to “mark the highest level of achievement in psychiatry.” Last week Professor Andrea Cipriani won the Academic Researcher of the Year award at … Continue reading Award culture and ‘realistic psychiatry’

A pattern language

Once upon a time Alexander McCall Smith gave me a book. It was called “A Pattern Language”. For the romantic this post is about stories. For the realist this post … Continue reading A pattern language

A blot, a stain, or perhaps something worse?

In my dictionary I find this definition of ‘blot’: On learning that GSK will resume paying doctors to promote its drugs after a “policy U turn”, Fiona Godlee, Editor in … Continue reading A blot, a stain, or perhaps something worse?

Developments on the PACE trial

The following News feature was published in the BMJ on the 22nd August 2018: This was also reported in the TIMES, 21 August 2018: In November 2015 Professor Sir Simon … Continue reading Developments on the PACE trial

‘Tens of thousands of children’

On the front page, and over several pages inside, the Times newspaper reported on prescribing rates of antidepressants: The Times considered the prescribing of antidepressants to both young and old: … Continue reading ‘Tens of thousands of children’

Antidepressant prescribing: still much to learn

  The above meta-analysis was published in the Lancet today and I woke up to read headlines like this: The lead author, Andrea Cipriani, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, … Continue reading Antidepressant prescribing: still much to learn