Lithium and suicide: what does the evidence show?

There appears to be increasing acceptance of the idea that lithium prevents suicide, and even that it can reduce mortality rates. For a toxic drug that makes most people feel rather depressed, this seems curious. I did wonder whether it might be having this effect on suicide by sapping people of the will to act, but…

Taking down the talking cure

Review of The Therapy Industry: the Irresistible Rise of the Talking Cure, and Why it Doesn’t Work By Paul Moloney, Pluto Press, 2013 Everyone sings the praises of talking therapy these days. A myriad of therapies, each with their own logic and rationale and a technical sounding acronym, claim to cure an increasingly diverse range…

NICE guidelines for bipolar disorder- a missed opportunity

There are some things to applaud about the recently released update of the NICE bipolar guidelines (1,2), not least the recognition that the diagnosis has been inappropriately applied to children with behavioural problems. Hopefully this will help curtail the worrying trend of using toxic bipolar drugs in this age group. As usual, however, the Guidelines…