Medication – Symbolism and moral meaning

I’m interested in the symbolism of medication. For me the taking in of a chemical substance to the body with the intention of healing an ill obviously holds parallels with the ingestion of food. What is particularly interesting, I believe, is that medication, with its rich symbolism, can take on a representation of the prescriber…

Mood Instability

There’s been a lovely synchronicity of publishing across journals this month – with both British Journal of Psychiatry and Schizophrenia Bulletin publishing articles on a topic of great interest to me – mood instability. Mood instability is a common presenting feature of many people referred for psychiatric assessment – in community mental health team assessments…

Clinical Research Ethics Committees

I have recently had the experience of applying for research ethics approval in relation to two distinct projects. The first involves qualitative work with people accessing healthcare resources in community and forensic settings. The second involves internet based research of social media use. I’m aware that it’s now been a couple of weeks since I…