Personal Identity

I wrote in my first blog post about the interplay between identity and mental disorder as described in a Social Science and Medicine paper relating to the expression of identity in women with atypical sexual development.  I am interested in identity as it relates to the nature and experience of mental disorder and personal recovery…

Recovery in mental disorder

In this post I want to discuss the concept of personal recovery and its implications for mental health, research and psychiatric practice. Since the 1990s the emphasis in mental health care has been described as changing to focus on the support of an individual’s recovery. This change represents a distinction between recovery from and recovery…

Long term antipsychotics in the maintenance treatment of Schizophrenia

Initial Treatment  In the treatment of individuals suffering with symptoms consistent with a diagnosis of Schizophrenia antipsychotics represent the mainstay therapeutic option. First episode symptoms of psychosis (hallucinations, delusional belief etc) are treat with antipsychotic drugs. Ideally the decision should be taken in conjunction with the service user, however in my experience the distress that…

New Year’s resolutions

Happy New Year! A very brief post today, again mainly directed at myself and to set out my New Year’s resolutions. 1st – To write down one thing positive and one thing that I have learned each day 2nd – To pay attention to this blog, aiming to broaden audience scope and reliability. I thought…