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

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

‘Royal College adds voice’

The following is an article published in the current BMJ:

“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”

Lesson of the week

This was the lesson of the week as published in the BMJ, June 2002:

Ten years ago

In my previous post I shared an article describing Dr Ladislav Haskovec’s recognition of akathisia in 1901. Akathisia is the truly horrid condition that causes unremitting restlessness, fear, terror and … Continue reading Ten years ago

Akathisia

Almost two decades ago the British Journal of Psychiatry included an interesting account about Akathisia to mark the hundredth anniversary of its recognition as a very serious, dangerous and unpleasant … Continue reading Akathisia

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: frequency of withdrawal reactions

Following the publication of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Position Statement on antidepressants and depression there was widespread news coverage supported by Expert Statements by Professor Allan Young and Professor … Continue reading Position statement: frequency of withdrawal reactions

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: