“Discontinuation Syndrome”

Yesterday an Editorial by the Sunday Times Health Editor was headlined “Patients’ charity Pain UK took cash from Big Pharma”. It was based on an investigation into what have been … Continue reading “Discontinuation Syndrome”

EXIT music

This photograph is of a corridor that led out to a courtyard in the old hospital that I trained in. That hospital was Royal Cornhill in Aberdeen. I used to … Continue reading EXIT music

From the individual to the Institution

This is a film that considers morality and seeks to include the landscapes of all. The interviewee at the end of this film, talking about morality of public duty, is … Continue reading From the individual to the Institution

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

Rising antidepressant prescriptions

Dr Samei Huda, 27th February 2019: “Actually the rise isn’t because people are struggling to get off but because doctors are following the evidence which shows antidepressants prevent relapse which … Continue reading Rising antidepressant prescriptions

Battling and fighting words

The above paragraph comes from an article in yesterday’s Herald. The findings of this poll for MacMillan Cancer Support were widely shared and discussed across the media. MacMillan Cancer Support … Continue reading Battling and fighting words

Room under the umbrella

Minervation Ltd (Mental Elf) has recently shared an analysis and critique of the following paper stating that it was “deeply flawed and unreliable”: The analysis of this paper by Dr … Continue reading Room under the umbrella

As an artist perhaps I am merely a way for ‘memory’ to get out into the world

I have a memory that tends to rely on the visual. Last week I was gifted a book of old architectural photographs. One photograph in particular arrested me: The film below, … Continue reading As an artist perhaps I am merely a way for ‘memory’ to get out into the world

Conflicts of Interest Questioned in Review of Prescribed Drug Dependence

I was recently interviewed to be part of this MIA podcast that considered financial conflicts of interest in relation to British Psychiatry and in particular in relation to expert contributions … Continue reading Conflicts of Interest Questioned in Review of Prescribed Drug Dependence

Sylvia

This film is based on a person that I never knew, as our time-spans did not overlap. I have read ‘The Bell Jar’ by Sylvia Plath and much of Ted … Continue reading Sylvia

The [generally hidden] place of big business . . .

I am a celebrant of subjectivity and a seeker of objectivity. I share here [the generally hidden] commercial influences of ‘key opinion leaders’ in British Psychiatry:

“Dominated by people against psychiatric medication”

The Minutes of the Psychopharmacology Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists provide some insight into high-level decision making on the education of psychiatrists and their approach to prescribing. The … Continue reading “Dominated by people against psychiatric medication”