Queen’s Park

When I came across this photograph of Queen’s Park, Glasgow, in the CANMORE archive I shed a tear. You might wonder why? In 2005 I became very familiar with Queen’s … Continue reading Queen’s Park

Glad it’s all over

July 2020. CR229: a ‘Position Statement’ by the Royal College of Psychiatrists has been published: The Final report of the Patient Safety Group on Self-Harm and Suicide in Adults.  CR229: makes … Continue reading Glad it’s all over

A timeline of missed opportunities

This film presents a timeline from 2002 to 2019 in relation to England’s National Suicide Prevention Strategy. The film presents missed opportunities, in particular the potential role of prescribed medications … Continue reading A timeline of missed opportunities

SSRI ‘discontinuation syndrome’ or withdrawal

This Analysis by Massabki and Abi-Jaoude has been published in the British Journal of Psychiatry. It has been made open-access.

Protected: A Twitter thread

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“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”

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

Thoughts of a senior Scottish Psychiatrist

Every October, as one of the promised actions of the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Strategy a report is published by ISD Scotland on the prescribing of ‘Medicines used in the mental … Continue reading Thoughts of a senior Scottish Psychiatrist

Medical Guidelines and lived experience

Many like me will welcome the news that NICE has amended its guidelines on depression. The hope must be that there will be better understanding and support for those, like … Continue reading Medical Guidelines and lived experience

Protected: Akathisia and suicide

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Protected: ‘Royal College adds voice’

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“U-turns”

Following the publication on the 30th May 2019 of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Position Statement on Antidepressants and Depression, a number of newspapers described this as a “U-turn”. Whilst … Continue reading “U-turns”