Letters Bipolar II disorder

Bad medicine or bad mouthing?

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3185 (Published 24 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3185
  1. Ian M Anderson, academic psychiatrist1
  1. 1University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
  1. ian.anderson{at}manchester.ac.uk

Spence’s column about bipolar II disorder is disappointing and disconcerting.1 He launches an uninformed attack on psychiatry with selective quoting of evidence, which raises some concerns for the patients he sees with mental health problems.

This is a shame because implicit in his article are issues that we as a profession struggle with, and which are not confined to psychiatry. The first is how to deal with a …

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