Dr. Sohom Das

Entries by Dr. Sohom Das

French Psychiatrists Convicted of Manslaughter Because Her Patient Killed: Is This Fair?

(3) Comments | Posted 23 January 2013 | (23:00)

Last month, I was quite shocked to hear about the French psychiatrist, Dr Daniele Canarelli, who was given a one-year suspended sentence and a £7,000 fine because one of her patients with paranoid schizophrenia, Mr Gaillard, killed somebody.

I've been reading various blogs surrounding this issue with...

Read Post

Re-Branding Schizophrenia - Would Changing the Name Make a Difference?

(33) Comments | Posted 27 November 2012 | (23:00)

What's in a name?

I have read with interest the recent report published by the Schizophrenia Commission, sponsored by 'Rethink Mental Illness', which analysed the current state of the treatment of schizophrenia in the UK.

Below is an interesting extract, relating to the term 'schizophrenia' and...

Read Post

Antidepressants - Can They Help? (Tom Cruise Doesn't Think So)

(16) Comments | Posted 13 July 2012 | (00:00)

Against my better judgement, I've been reading about Tom Cruise and his connubial breakdown. I was interested to find out that a major contributing factor was supposedly Scientology. I generally avoid any celebrity news, and so was a bit disappointed in myself when I started digging deeper. I was quite...

Read Post

Being Admitted to a Psychiatric Ward - The Experience and the Process

(2) Comments | Posted 24 May 2012 | (00:00)

I recently watched a film - a terrible film - which had an archaic, grotesque depiction of life in a psychiatric ward. I won't tell you what film, as I do not wish to promulgate my disdain for it. After I recovered from the boredom, I woke up, wiped dribble...

Read Post

Mental Illness and Stigma - Interpretations of a Recent TV Advert

(13) Comments | Posted 31 January 2012 | (23:00)

The other day, I was discussing the new TV advert by MIND / Rethink, called "It's time to talk. It's time to change", with my colleagues at the psychiatric inpatient unit where I work. You know the one - where Dave (from accounts) has come back to work...

Read Post

Personality Disorder - What Is it, and What Does Diagnosis Mean?

(9) Comments | Posted 17 January 2012 | (23:00)

"The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances; if there is any reaction, both are transformed." - Carl Jung

Know somebody that you just cannot get on with? Does their behaviour irritate and confuse you? Are they generally a massive pain in the distal digestive...

Read Post

Mass Hysteria at Kim Jong Il's Death - Normal Vs Abnormal Grief

(1) Comments | Posted 29 December 2011 | (23:00)

The mass hysteria... streets crowded with wailing women... explosions of emotions.

No, not the Boxing Day sales. I'm talking about the mass grieving of the people of North Korea, for their recently deceased, supposedly exalted leader, Kim Jong Il. I noted some performances that may contend for the 2012...

Read Post

Norwegian Massacre Man Breivik Diagnosed With Paranoid Schizophrenia. Is This Reasonable? What Does the Voice of the Internet Say?

(10) Comments | Posted 13 December 2011 | (23:00)

"What's the difference between Andres Breivik and the Yorkshire Ripper?"

I know this sounds like the setup of a scurrilous, distasteful joke from Sikipedia, but bear with me; there is a point to this.

I was very interested to hear about Breivik's diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia and the suggestion from...

Read Post

Woman Spends £4000 on 100 Lip Injections to Look Like Jessica Rabbit - Could This be Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

(7) Comments | Posted 4 December 2011 | (23:00)

I was really interested to read a Huffington Post story published a week ago, "Woman Spends £4000 on 100 Lip Injections to Look Like Jessica Rabbit". My first thought was "Sorry love, you don't look like Jessica Rabbit". Perhaps a healthier choice would be a role model that...

Read Post

The New Health and Social Care Bill - My Concerns

(3) Comments | Posted 24 November 2011 | (23:00)

I recently went through what I presumed would be the pedestrian task of changing my internet provider to Sky. It involved much more frustrating, mundane drudgery than I expected. Forget 'Believe in better' - I was left not even believing in mediocre. The catalogue of errors included Love...

Read Post

The Criminal Code of Prisoners

(10) Comments | Posted 13 November 2011 | (23:00)

Have you ever thought about how unpopular traffic wardens are? Imagine how much grief they must have to put up with on a daily basis. Well, I think I can top that...

I worked in a prison earlier this year, as a detox doctor, prescribing methadone to heroin addicts, and...

Read Post

What are Psychopaths Like in Real Life?

(6) Comments | Posted 7 November 2011 | (22:00)

I'd Like to Talk About Kevin

I've just seen that film, We Need to Talk About Kevin. Wow!

I really enjoyed it. The acting was outstanding and I was especially impressed with how effortlessly sinister and chillingly-vile the small child was. Even if I was the biggest bully at...

Read Post

Misconceptions About Psychiatrists

(2) Comments | Posted 3 November 2011 | (23:00)

People are stupid. No offence.

I've lost count of the number of times that I've been met with the phrase "Can you read my mind?", when I've told people what I do for a living. Recently in a phone shop I replied, "Yes, I can. It seems to me...you're an...

Read Post