Essays from leading writers
Top 10 Myths about the critics of psychiatry
Following the publication of Joanna Moncrieff and Mark Horowitz’s Chemical Imbalance review last month we at MITUK have been increasingly aware of the strongly held and often opposing opinions on social media. There are...
Paternalism and psychiatry
It seems to me that many doctors who self-select to do postgraduate training in psychiatry...
Physical activity improves symptoms of depression and anxiety
A new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine finds that physical activity (PA) can...
Restless Heart Syndrome: just hearing about psychiatry is enough
As someone who has Complex Trauma and Dissociative Identity from childhood abuse, it is perhaps...
Post-SSRI sexual dysfunction: understanding the neurobiology
Sexual dysfunction is a common adverse effect of antidepressant drugs, particularly SSRIs. One study found that up...
‘More like spin-the-bottle than science’: My mission to find proper treatment for my son’s psychosis
From The Guardian: “Psychosis is often thought to be genetic, or a symptom of brain chemistry...
New guidance on antidepressant withdrawal for doctors
A new article in the British Journal of General Practice advises primary care doctors regarding antidepressant withdrawal....
Everything you need to know about psychiatric diagnoses – Lucy Johnstone in conversation with Mad in Norway
Leading clinical psychologist Lucy Johnstone, author of Power Threat Meaning Framework and A Straight Talking...
Johann Hari: Stolen Focus – Why You Can’t Pay Attention
Johann Hari joins us to talk about his latest book Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention, in which he examines the reasons behind our inability to focus and seeks to understand how this crisis affects our wellbeing and society.
John Read and Irving Kirsch – Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Does the Evidence From Clinical Trials Justify its Continued Use?
An interview with John Read and Irving Kirsch to discuss their paper which calls to prohibit ECT. This is because the negative effects of ECT are so strong, the evidence supporting it is so weak (especially in the long-term and beyond the improvement due to placebo) and there are other means of addressing the difficulties that the person is struggling with.
John Read – UK Esketamine Approval – Not so Fast
An interview with Professor John Read who joins us to discuss the UK licensing of esketamine nasal spray (Spravato) for so-called ‘Treatment Resistant Depression’. John led a group of 12 academics and professionals who wrote to the UK regulator expressing concerns.
Peter Kinderman – Why We Need a Revolution in Mental Health Care
An interview with Professor Peter Kinderman about his new book, A Manifesto for Mental Health, Why We Need a Revolution in Mental Health Care, in which he proposes a rejection of invalid diagnostic labels, practical help rather than medication, and a recognition that distress is usually an understandable human response to life's challenges.