A Glaring Omission

On Monday 18th December 2023, the Telegraph ran an article headed WHAT CONCUSSION CAN DO TO YOU. The author listed the symptoms – headaches or dizziness, difficulty concentrating or remembering, anxiety, low mood, fatigue and difficulty sleeping – and was absolutely silent about the worst symptom of all, which is loss of libido. Shouldn’t parents …

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Hidden illness

Patrick, 49, had a plan if his test result was negative. He would swallow his blood-thinning pills and some diazepam, then run a hot bath, get in, and slice into his femoral artery. The blood-thinners would prevent clotting. “It wouldn’t have been a cry for help. I didn’t intend to fail,” he says. Luckily the …

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Shanti De Cort: Was everything checked?

Last May a 23-year-old Flemish girl was granted legal euthanasia on the grounds that ‘she was in a medically futile condition of mental suffering.’ Shanti De Corte died surrounded by her family including her mother, who supported her decision. She had suffered serious psychological issues in her teens, but the real trigger was the terrorist …

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The government is digging a deeper and deeper hole each year. How long before it topples in?

Yesterday I wrote to our MP, Chris Philp, as follows: May I ask what plans the government has made to meet the ever-increasing cost to the state of undiagnosed hypopituitarism patients? Now that NICE has at last undertaken to include the risk of post-traumatic hypopituitarism in its head injury guidance update in March, it seems …

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Did Sir Louis earn it?

Professor Louis Appleby has received a Knighthood in the 2023 New Year’s Honours listed for his ‘services to medicine and mental health’. No doubt he is being congratulated widely. However, do his services to mental health really bear close examination? He leads the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England. Such a strategy is vital to …

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