Psychiatry versus Medicine

Psychiatry is one of the very few professions that has to continually advertise its failures in order to get more Government funding. An example of this occurred recently when a documentary revealed a 50% increase in the number of unexpected patient deaths reported by England’s mental health trusts. These included deaths by suicide, neglect and […]


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Independent investigations into homicides committed by patients being treated for mental illness

In April 2013 NHS England became responsible for commissioning independent investigations into homicides (the killing of one person by another) committed by patients being treated for mental illness. According to the NHS England website, the purpose of an independent investigation is to review thoroughly the care and treatment received by the patient so that the […]


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Prison suicides have risen and antidepressants are the most commonly prescribed drugs in prisons – join the dots

Whenever there are reports of increased suicides in a geographical location or in an area such as prisons, the obvious question that comes up concerns the reasons why this should be the case. Such is the case with reference to prisons. It has been reported that prison suicides have risen to record levels. Figures from […]


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U.S. psychiatric chain under investigation for billing fraud and abuse buys UK mental facilities

Despite multiple ongoing U.S. Federal and state investigations into alleged billing fraud or patient abuse, the largest psychiatric hospital chain in America has been approved to expand its behavioural health business in the United Kingdom. The mental health watchdog, Citizens Commission on Human Rights International (CCHR), warns that this could put UK patients at risk […]


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The mental health sector needs an overhaul

Following the Prime Minister’s speech, there can be no doubt that the mental health sector needs an  overhaul. Top of the list for an overhaul should be the appalling results. And for those shouting from the rooftops regarding the amount of taxpayer’s money being spent on mental health, it would be prudent to look at […]


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New Year’s Resolutions and ADHD

Christmas is a time for children and families. It’s also the time when children might, on a regular basis, demonstrate a “difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities,” they might “lose things necessary for tasks or activities,” they might be “easily distracted by extraneous stimuli,” they might have “difficulty playing or engaging in leisure […]


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