Royal College of Psychiatrists: “Necessary redactions have been made”

Hole Ousia

A month before I resigned from the Royal College of Psychiatrists I made a Subject Access Request asking for College communications that involved me to be released. At the beginning of this month I recieved a large bundle of printed material from the College that exceeded 300 sides of A4.

Of this material supplied by the College 93 A4 sides had been COMPLETELY redacted and another 94 sides had everything redacted other than a subject heading, date, and/or partial address list [in other words NO content was provided].

Of the remaining material 32 A4 sides were full copies of my communications over the years with the College in relation to ethics, transparency of competing interests, and realistic medicine.

This is an example of one of the pages that was not fully redacted by the Royal College of Psychiatrists:

There was not a single page where material had not been redacted…

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Tapering SSRI treatment to mitigate withdrawal symptoms

Hole Ousia

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 and scientific perspective.

What follows are a few sections taken from the overall paper along with brief comments based on my two decade experience of paroxetine:

This is the summary that came with the paper:

My experience of paroxetine is that withdrawal symptoms can last many years. In 2004, after a number of failed attempts at gradual reduction, I reduced paroxetine as slowly as I could using a liquid preparation and micro-pipette. Despite this the slow withdrawal [as slowly as I could] symptoms were with me day and night. It took me over a year to gradually wean myself from paroxetine. This was the consequence for me (and my young family)

1 in 5 Scots are now taking antidepressants…

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It’s BOOM time in Industry

Hole Ousia

This is an unedited clip of a contribution made by Professor Michael Sharpe, Professor of Psychological Medicine at the University of Oxford. The Event marked the 50th Anniversary of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford.

The full coverage of the afternoon session of the 18th March 2019 can be watched here (thanks to The Mental Elf):

At this afternoon session Professor Michael Sharpe said: “. . . we live in the greatest of times . . . Mental Health is the rage. This is BOOM time! We have a PRODUCT that is selling like hotcakes everywhere. How are we going to make enough PRODUCT?” [capitalization is mine, but as I heard it] This statement/question by Professor Michael Sharpe was followed by laughter from the audience.

I have watched several of the sessions of this 50th Anniversary. I was struck by the frequent use of the language…

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Why you need to remain critical of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences)

Why you need to remain critical of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences)

Jessica Eaton

15th March 2019

Lots of people have been asking me why I am critical of the ‘ACEs’ movement. Before I explain why I remain wary of such an approach to human development, for the followers of this blog who don’t know much about ACEs, I will briefly explain it.

ACE stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Essentially, adverse childhood experiences in your own life might include sexual or domestic abuse, neglect or physical abuse, emotional abuse, living with a parent who was in addiction, one of your parents going to prison, being frequently bullied, losing one of your parents to divorce, illness or suicide and so on.

The approach suggests that if you have multiple ACEs, you might require support, therapy, trauma-informed interventions and specialist provision. This is being used to build services, policies, strategies, research and interventions…

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lack of spending power as unwaged carer, campaigner & whistleblower

Was thinking of the cost of caring, speaking out on behalf of myself, family and others. Mental health human rights campaigning. The lack of spending power. No car or proper holidays. No choice of house or place to stay. Dependent on state and family.

Yet I am fortunate and feel grateful to be mobile, able, independent of thought, mind, action, and to live in Scotland. Empowered.

Just now in Dundee bus station waiting for x54 to Cupar with my NEC (free bus travel card):