Spin doctors can’t cure the psychiatric recruitment crisis

To coin a phrase, you can’t put more lipstick on the pig. That’s the metaphor for the problem faced by recruiters attempting to entice postgraduate medical students into the psychiatric profession. A recent report by the Royal College of Psychiatrists said one in 10 consultant psychiatrist roles is currently unfilled in NHS organisations in England […]


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Royal College hurriedly deletes criminal psychiatrist from its website

Despite being convicted on 29 September and sentenced on Thursday 19 October, one of the poster boys for the Royal College of Psychiatrists was still on their website on the day of sentencing. It would appear College administrators aren’t keeping tabs on their members, especially when they’re appearing in court on criminal charges. Despite being convicted […]


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Without the protection of basic human rights, there can only be diminished mental health

With ECT and psychosurgery under critical public scrutiny, psychiatry has been feverishly searching for a new ‘breakthrough miracle’. The new catch phrases that the psychiatric industry has come up with are ‘deep brain stimulation’ (DBS), ‘transcranial magnetic stimulation’ (TMS), and as covered recently in the Guardian newspaper, ‘vagus nerve stimulation’ (VNS). It is a treatment […]


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Psychiatry – the cuckoo in the nest

Despite attempts to recruit medical students to the profession, psychiatry continues to experience the longstanding problem of how to make the profession attractive. The Telegraph newspaper recently reported that psychiatry is launching another campaign to try and encourage medical students to take up psychiatry over concerns that recruitment had ‘flatlined.’ The new President of the […]


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Don’t believe the hype about hyperactivity

If you’re a discerning professional who would prefer to see children and adolescents grow up drug-free rather than in a chemical haze, you are being encouraged to contact NICE, become a stakeholder on the ADHD guidelines and submit your comments. The psychiatric industry has become notorious for unscientifically redefining normal behaviour to create a catalogue […]


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Does back to school mean back to psychiatric drugs?

As the end of the school holidays approaches and preparations are made for children and teenagers to go back to school, how many will be going back to a regime of psychiatric drugs presribed for controversial ‘disorders’ like Attention Deficit Hyperactivirty Disorder (ADHD)? Behaviour has been redefined by psychiatrists to the degree that psychiatric drugs […]


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Blowing the whistle on ‘bipolar disorder’

Despite the tomes of literature devoted to the promotion of psychiatric illness, there are in amongst it all, books that tell a different story, ones that psychiatrists and pharmaceutical companies would prefer to gag, withhold or suppress. They are stories that give hope to the reader rather than leaving him or her in a no-win […]


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Hype and hot air – the myth of the ‘chemical imbalance’

The myth of the ‘chemical imbalance’ was discussed in a recent exchange with experts from the Royal College of Psychiatrists and it was quite revealing. The question that was put to the experts concerned the use of antidepressants to resolve the mythical ‘chemical imbalance’ in the brain. For years, people have been prescribed antidepressants with […]


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