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  • The effect of history in UK psychiatry
    I feel a sense of despair as I observe many younger doctors rushing headlong into UK psychiatry, and I wonder, “Do they know what they’re in for?” But then I have to remind myself that for a sizeable proportion, this is driven by forced choices based on economic survival. While the publisher and author(s) have …

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  • The importance of words in psychiatry
    Have you ever read a text message and felt your blood boil, only to realise you completely misunderstood the sender? Those baffling moments come from the incredible power words carry — a power that shifts depending on how those words are spoken, the surrounding situation, and who says them. It’s like we’re constantly dancing with …

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  • Could career pivoting be for you?
    It may not be obvious to some why this topic is on a psychiatry website i.e. ‘what has psychiatry to do with career and pivoting?’ I’ve been picking up consistently that many doctors – mainly younger ones below 40 – are feeling trapped, demoralised and unable to progress in their careers. Many are burnt out …

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  • When political leaders fall ill 
    The issue has surfaced – it is in the public domain – about concerns for the mental health of a US President. Doctors in the UK are not allowed to diagnose or speculate on diagnosis about any living person in the absence of therapeutic contract, clinical request for professional opinion, or other legitimate involvement (e.g. …

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