Review of the Manchester Psychiatry Society Blog

The Manchester Psychiatry Society has an interesting Blog here. There is a brief write-up on the society at the Royal College of Psychiatrists website here. which says that it was first established in 2009 by two Psychiatry registrars. The society is now organised by enthusiastic students and in the introductory post they mention that there will be guest bloggers from other professions. The Blog is published on Google’s Blogspot platform and there is an associated Twitter account. The Twitter account is a great idea for a student society as having several members to update the account helps to create the consistency needed in this medium and the society already has a few hundred followers. Regarding the Blog, at the time of writing there are 18 posts, the first being posted in 2011. Here are a few great example posts from the blog. In ‘Insights into Consciousness – Give Phenomenology A Chance’ the author writes about phenomenology one of the absolutely core skills of Psychiatry. Phenomenology is the tool that helps Psychiatrists to describe psychopathology which is then used for diagnosis and the authors here gives the reader some profound insights. I was interested to know who the author was! There’s an interesting interview with Psychology Professor Adrian Wells about an approach he developed known as ‘Metacognitive Therapy’ which essentially is about getting people to think about their thinking. I hadn’t come across this approach before but it certainly opens up new perspectives. This is a great Blog for students to be writing. The first hurdle in any form of writing is to overcome the fear of writing and this platform provides a valuable opportunity for students at the beginning of their career to develop their voice and learn about the discourse of public and professional communication which is absolutely essential for the profession and professionals.

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Blogs Reviewed to Date

An index of the site can be found here. The page contains links to all of the articles in the blog in chronological order. Twitter: You can follow ‘The Amazing World of Psychiatry’ Twitter by clicking on this link. Podcast: You can listen to this post on Odiogo by clicking on this link (there may be a small delay between publishing of the blog article and the availability of the podcast). It is available for a limited period. TAWOP Channel: You can follow the TAWOP Channel on YouTube by clicking on this link. Responses: If you have any comments, you can leave them below or alternatively e-mail justinmarley17@yahoo.co.uk. Disclaimer: The comments made here represent the opinions of the author and do not represent the profession or any body/organisation. The comments made here are not meant as a source of medical advice and those seeking medical advice are advised to consult with their own doctor. The author is not responsible for the contents of any external sites that are linked to in this blog.

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