Yearly Archives: 2017

She had the lot …. so why would a millionaire lawyer kill herself?

By |2018-01-23T14:54:44+00:00August 4th, 2017|Adult Psychiatry|

Every now and again you see a report in a newspaper - there was one a few years ago that always comes to mind for me: a seemingly happily married and successful lawyer with three young children who threw herself [...]

Patient story: ‘My ADHD life – before and after diagnosis’

By |2019-01-10T16:58:25+00:00September 29th, 2017|ADHD|

On Monday the first of August 1977, between six and seven in the morning, I popped out into the world. I was a month early. This, it turns out, was one of the few times I’ve ever been early for [...]

Talking to your GP about your mental health (what to expect)

By |2019-01-10T16:58:36+00:00October 25th, 2017|Adult Psychiatry|

We’re all used to going to talk to our GPs about even the most embarrassing of physical conditions, but if you’ve never talked to your GP about your mental health, having that initial conversation can be pretty daunting. Don’t delay, [...]

5 signs your ADHD is breaking up your marriage

By |2018-04-08T17:01:37+01:00December 22nd, 2017|ADHD, Adult Psychiatry|

So perhaps you have finally got that ADHD diagnosis - and you are taking the medication….. So what’s the problem now?  Here’s some very important news – ADHD is really likely to be affecting your relationship - and you need [...]

Stamping out stigma: 5 mental health misconceptions

By |2018-04-08T17:04:02+01:00December 23rd, 2017|Adult Psychiatry, Anxiety, Depression, Stress|

Mental illness is a sign of weakness. People with depression, anxiety, or other mental health conditions aren't "mentally weak." Mental strength is not the same as mental health. Someone who is blind or who has an ulcer could still be [...]

8 Things Psychiatrists want you to know about Depression

By |2020-04-22T17:01:12+01:00August 3rd, 2017|Adult Psychiatry|

1. Feeling sad does not necessarily mean you have depression Sadness is such a normal emotion - and so very appropriate to many of the experiences that we all have. What would it be to never feel sad? We may [...]

Addictions in the UK and the role of Telepsychiatry  

By |2018-01-23T14:55:52+00:00July 13th, 2017|Adult Psychiatry|

The future is upon us! Substance misuse is a major problem in the UK. Addiction statistics in the UK remain one of the highest in Europe and we are right up there with the heaviest alcohol consuming countries. However our [...]

Zero Suicide: Mental Health’s Big Hairy Audacious Goal?

By |2017-03-05T11:09:12+00:00March 5th, 2017|Adult Psychiatry|

In their book Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies, the authors Collins and Porras coined the term Big Hairy Audacious Goal (2016). This describes a visionary medium term organisational goal which is compelling, stretches the workforce but is [...]

​Telepsychiatry – a magic wand?

By |2017-04-09T11:16:25+01:00April 9th, 2017|Adult Psychiatry|

Few are more aware of the current problems in healthcare than NHS consultant psychiatrists. Historically, the Cinderella discipline has been badly neglected. Though recently there has been some welcome increase in awareness and understanding around mental health, reducing prejudice, this [...]

Does Donald Trump have a personality disorder?

By |2020-04-22T16:57:59+01:00May 9th, 2017|Adult Psychiatry|

This question seems to have exercised plenty of people recently, including some US  voters, his fellow politicians, other world leaders, worried citizens of the rest of the world, - and a number of prominent psychiatrists and, as it is my [...]

Dementia and Depression – The Facts

By |2018-01-23T14:55:11+00:00May 16th, 2017|Adult Psychiatry, Old Age|

There should be no sugaring of the pill. The fact is that dementia and depression go hand in hand - it is depressing to get dementia. However, though there have been occasional headlines suggesting that those who suffer from clinical [...]

Must I disclose my mental health condition to potential employers?

By |2020-04-22T16:58:06+01:00May 28th, 2017|Adult Psychiatry|

Unfortunately, even though we are talking more about mental health, the stigma still remains.  This is particularly true in the workplace. One confidential survey showed that 56% of companies said they would not hire someone with depression, even if they [...]

It’s got to be more MANLY to talk about Mental Health

By |2018-01-23T14:55:36+00:00June 11th, 2017|Adult Psychiatry|

  We live in a world where men have always had many advantages - just because they are men, but in the area of mental illness perhaps it has always been those traditional male attitudes that mean that it is [...]

Refusing to go to School – how can I help my child?

By |2020-04-22T16:58:08+01:00July 6th, 2017|Child & Adolescent|

It is very common for children to refuse to go to school, but when does this behaviour indicate a possible mental health problem or when is it a social problem? Truanting If a child has been missing from school and [...]