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A few days ago someone commented on an old post here. Actually, they’re all old posts now 😦 Anyway, it was a reminder to me that this place still exists, so I thought I might bring things up to date a little.

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Patients and bloggers often complain about their GPs’ lack of understanding of mental health, so I was interested to come across an article recently that suggests some ways in which the work of GPs (primary care) could be better aligned with mental health care.

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Arriving late at night, exhausted after a long journey, you find your hotel room smells of vomit and is crawling with cockroaches. In the morning you check out early and complain, but the concierge only shrugs and gives you a customer satisfaction questionnaire. Ticking boxes to questions like, “Was your room number easy to read?” and “Did the bath have a plughole?” you realize you have been forced to give the hotel a 95% satisfaction rating, squeezing your complaints on to the one line allowed for “Other remarks” at the bottom.

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An animated TV documentary broadcast by the BBC illustrates some useful ideas in counselling and psychotherapy. It’s a bit creepy, too.

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A recent research study that asked CBT therapists to reflect on their own thoughts illustrates unwittingly how poor some CBT training has become.

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I noticed today that Depression Awareness Week is coming, according the website of the charity Depression Alliance. This year it’s going to be the week of 11th-18th April — oh — well, I suppose I’m in no position to complain that they don’t update their website very often.

Like many sources of information and self-help about mental illness, Depression Alliance have a fuzzy definition of what mental illness is, and that’s much more serious.

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This month’s draft guideline from the health quango NICE on the long-term management of self harm provides a revealing perspective on the NHS’s inadequacies, which go beyond failures in the treatment of individual cases to NICE itself and the basis for its existence.

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A Harvard professor of psychiatry and the law has published a pocket guide to help clinicians working in mental health avoid some common pitfalls.

It is possible to look at the guide from a patient’s point of view, and to deduce some warning signs of when therapy is going wrong.

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A recent analysis of patients’ comments about the NHS highlights a widespread problem, but comes to the wrong conclusions about how to fix it.

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Iceberg

The Chief Executive of the NHS, Sir David Nicholson, wrote to all the NHS Trusts yesterday to explain more about how the NHS in England will be changing over the next three years. His letter includes a timetable for the changes.

These changes are focussed on improving outcomes, on improving the quality of NHS care — care which currently results in a accelerating avalanche of complaints from patients and from the relatives of deceased ex-patients.

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