Publications

Prospect Magazine:

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2022). Mindful life: Angry Twitter debates are never the answer. Prospect Magazinehttps://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/mindful-life-angry-twitter-debates-are-never-the-answer

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2022). Mindful life: Discovering that I was face blind. Prospect Magazinehttps://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/lives/mindful-life-discovering-that-i-was-face-blind

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2022). Mindful life: Is psychiatry the right career for me? Prospect Magazine.https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/mindful-life-is-psychiatry-the-right-career-for-me-mental-health

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2022). Mindful life: The power of pets. Prospect Magazine. https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/society-and-culture/mindful-life-the-power-of-pets

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2022). Mindful life: The complex relationship between anxiety and hope. Prospect Magazinehttps://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/mindful-life-the-complex-relationship-between-anxiety-and-hope

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2022). Mindful life: A doctor and patient in the same psychiatric hospital. Prospect Magazinehttps://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/mindful-life-a-doctor-and-patient-in-the-same-psychiatric-hospital

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2022). Mindful life: Can drinking ever be good for us? Prospect Magazine. https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/lives/mindful-life-can-drinking-ever-be-good-for-us

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2021). Mindful life: the psychosis pandemic. Prospect Magazine. https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/lives/mindful-life-the-psychosis-pandemic

The New Statesman:

Lawrence, Rebecca & Lawrie, Stephen. (2022). We need reasoned debate on ECT, not polarisation. The New Statesmanhttps://www.newstatesman.com/spotlight/2022/08/ect-mental-health-reasoned-debate

Guardian:

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2022). Desperate Remedies by Andrew Scull review – mind games. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/apr/09/desperate-remedies-by-andrew-scull-review-mind-games

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2021). ECT’s bad reputation isn’t justified – but we must be upfront about its problems. Opinion/ Mental health (theguardian.com). https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/aug/13/ect-electroconvulsive-therapy-bad-reputation-depression?utm_term=4a607b5dd2e536a45a01b16ef573145a&utm_campaign=BestOfGuardianOpinionUK&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&CMP=opinionuk_email

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2021). Mental illness is a reality – so why does mental health get all the attention? Opinion/ Mental health (theguardian.com). https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jul/14/mental-illness-sidelined-mental-health-treatment

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2021). ‘It’s OK to not be OK’ is a nice hashtag, but does it really help?Opinion/ Mental health (theguardian.com).https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/apr/28/its-ok-to-not-be-ok-hashtag-mental-illness

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2021). When depression wears a smile, even psychiatrists like me can be deceived.Opinion/ Mental health (theguardian.com).https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/18/depression-smile-psychiatrists-mental-health-problems

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2021). What it’s like to be on both sides of a mental health section. Opinion/ Mental health (theguardian.com). https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/feb/16/what-its-like-both-sides-mental-health-section-psychiatrist-patient

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2020). As both a psychiatrist and a patient, I know how slippery a diagnosis can be. Opinion/ Mental health (theguardian.com). https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/dec/30/psychiatrist-and-patient-diagnosis-mental-illness

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2020). If lockdown has tipped you into problem drinking, you’re probably not alone. Opinion/ Alcohol (theguardian.com)https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/nov/18/lockdown-problem-drinking-not-alone-alcohol-dependence-challenging

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2020). I thought mental illness meant I’d never be a doctor. Now I’m a consultant psychiatrist. Opinion/ Mental health (theguardian.com). https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/sep/16/mental-illness-doctor-psychiatrist

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2016). Disco Biscuits and Annihilation: why I can’t keep up with names for legal highs. Views from the NHS frontline (theguardian.com) http://gu.com/p/4gq7c/sbl

(“What’s in a name?” – a longer version of this essay – was awarded the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Morris Markowe Public Education Prize in 2015)

Journal articles/ book chapters:

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2022). Bipolar villanelle and Lithium – Extra poems. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 221(1), 424-424. doi:10.1192/bjp.2021.193 https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/the-british-journal-of-psychiatry/article/bipolar-villanelle-and-lithium-extra-poems/E2543C7FBBC14AE96C15A7F53ECA28E1

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2021).How to be both: a psychiatrist’s experience of mental illness. BMJ 2021;374:n1838. First published on BMJ Opinion on July 2 2021: https://bit.ly/381phTK  

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2020). Disclosing mental illness: a doctor’s dilemma. BJPsych Bull. https://doi.org/10.1192/bjb.2020.25

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2019). The Patient-Psychiatrist. Is it possible to be both a psychiatrist and a patient? Choose Psychiatry Team. https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/news-and-features/blogs/detail/choosepsychiatry/2019/09/25/is-it-possible-to-be-both-a-psychiatrist-and-a-patient

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2019). To a psychiatrist – Poem. The British Journal of Psychiatry. 214, 317. https://doi.org/10.1192/bjp.2019.94

Lawrence R, Mogford D & Colvin L. (2017). Systematic review to determine which validated measurement tools can be used to assess risk of problematic analgesic use in patients with chronic pain, BJA: British Journal of Anaesthesia, , aex316, https://doi.org/10.1093/bja/aex316

Mogford DV & Lawrence RJ (2016). Medical comorbidity and projected survival in patients admitted to a specialist addictions in-patient unit. BJPsych Bull, doi: 10.1192/pb.bp.115.051987

Stanley JL, Mogford DV, Lawrence RJ & Lawrie SM. (2016). Use of novel psychoactive substances by inpatients on general adult psychiatric wards. BMJ Open. 6:e009430. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009430

Lawrence R. (2015). Analgesic drugs and the gut – a reciprocal relationship. J R Coll Physicians Edinb; 45: 284-8

Lawrence R & Lawrie SM. (2012). A Patient’s Journey: Psychotic Depression. BMJ, 2012;345:e6994

Tipper R, Mountain D, Lorimer S. & McIntosh A. (2006). Support workers’ attitudes to mental illness: implications for reducing stigma. Psychiatric Bulletin, Vol. 30, pp. 179-181.

Mayfield N & Tipper R. (2006). Psychiatric research from the trainee’s perspectiveIn Research Methods in Psychiatry, eds. Freeman & Tyrer (3rd edition) (highly commended in the BMA Medical Book Competition 2007)

Petrie R, Anderson K, Hare E, Mayfield N & Tipper R. (2004)Research activities of specialist registrars. Psychiatric Bulletin, Vol. 28, no.5, pp. 180-182.

Tipper, Rebecca (2000). Victorian Vignettes, pp. 31-38. In The Story of a Community. Dingleton Hospital, Melrose. Chiefswood Publications, Melrose.

Tipper RJ & Pullen IM. (1999). Liaison-Consultation Meetings in General Practice: An Audiotape Analysis. Psychiatric Bulletin, Vol. 23, No. 3, pp. 161-164.

Letters:

Gergel T, Howard R, Lawrence R & Seneviratne T. (2021). Time to acknowledge good electroconvulsive therapy research. Letter to The Lancet Psychiatry, Vol 8, Issue 12, 1032 – 1033. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2215-0366(21)00352-7

Tipper R, Hare E, Kondracki S, Taikato M, Lawrie S. (2001). Antipsychotic drugs and venous thromboembolism. Letter to Lancet; Vol. 357, No. 9253: 391. 

Lawrence R & Pullen I. (1996). Mental health care professionals and general practice. Letter to British Journal of General Practice46: 553.

Book reviews:

Lawrence, R. (2022). Edited by Allan Beveridge and Femi Oyebode. Befriending Bipolar: A Patient’s Perspective By Oliver Seligman Independently published. 2021. £15.99 (pb). 198 pp. ISBN 9798718415032. BJPsych Bulletin, 1-1. doi:10.1192/bjb.2022.58

Lawrence, R. (2022). Living at the Speed of Light: Navigating Life with Bipolar Disorder, from Depression to Mania and Everything in Between By Katie Conibear Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 2021. £14.99 (pb). 192 pp. ISBN 9781787755574. BJPsych Bulletin, 1-1. doi:10.1192/bjb.2022.26

Lawrence R. (2021). Inferno: A Memoir of Motherhood and Madness By Catherine Cho Bloomsbury. 2020. £16.99 (hb). 272 pp. ISBN 9781526619082. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 219(2), 467-467. doi:10.1192/bjp.2021.88

Lawrence RJ. (2018). Starting to Shrink (John Eagles). BJPsych Bulletin. doi:10.1192/bjb.2018.50

Lawrence RJ. (2017). The Pill that Steals Lives: One Woman’s Terrifying Journey to Discover the Truth About Antidepressants (Katinka Blackford Newman). The British Journal of Psychiatry. 211 (6) 402; DOI: 10.1192/bjp.bp.116.191023.

Lawrence RJ. (2015). Black Rainbow: How Words Healed Me – My Journey Through Depression. The Psychiatrist, 39,150-151.

Lawrence RJ. (2012). The Locked Ward: Memoirs of a Psychiatric Orderly. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 201, 249-249.

Lawrence R. (2012). Addiction Dilemmas: Family Experiences from Literature and Research and Their Lessons for Practice. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 200, 435-435.

Recent Poster Presentations:

Gordon R, Meadowcroft B & Lawrence R. (2021). Ritson Outreach Service: Evaluation of a new alcohol drug liaison service. Presented at RCPsych Faculty of General Adult Psychiatry Annual Conference 2021

Forbes D, Watson F & Lawrence R. (2021). An audit to assess the use of Addenbrooke’s Cognitive Examination III (ACE) in the context of inpatient alcohol detoxification. Presented at Royal College of Psychiatrists Addictions Faculty Annual Conference.

Crowe C & Lawrence R. (2016). Inpatient addictions treatment: a service evaluation. Presented at SSA Annual Symposium (Prize winner for service evaluation/ audit category).

Lawrence R, Mogford D & Colvin L. (2016). Systematic review to determine which validated measurement tools can be used to assess risk of problematic analgesic use in patients with chronic pain. Presented at SSA Annual Symposium.

Stanley J, Mogford D, Lawrence R & Lawrie S. (2015). Use of novel psychoactive substances by inpatients on general adult psychiatric wards. Presented at Royal College of Psychiatrists Faculty of General Adult Psychiatry Annual Conference (commendation); SMHRN Annual Scientific Meeting; SSA Annual Symposium (also accepted as oral presentation).

Media:

Huffington Post article (October 2015): Interviewed for ‘World Mental Health Day 2015: The ‘Single Greatest Illness Affecting Mankind’ Is Not All In The Mind’

Times article (December 2015): Interviewed for ‘Why doctors make the worst patients’. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/why-doctors-make-the-worst-patients-zbqmsxr503q

BBC News Reporting Scotland (February 2019): ‘Scottish researchers find 100 genes linked to depression’. Interviewed as a patient representative in report about large genetic study of depression

BBC Radio 5 Live (April 2019): Interviewed about experience of mental illness in relation to BMA survey regarding doctors’ and medical students’ mental health.

Interview for ‘Moonstruck: 500 years of mental health’, a public exhibition which ran at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh from 14 June 2019 to Spring 2020.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVRKJnmDgcA

https://www.rcpe.ac.uk/heritage/moonstruck-500-years-mental-health 

Times Radio (September 2020): Interviewed on Kait Borsay’s show about being both patient and psychiatrist

South China Morning Post (October 2020). Featured in Anthea Rowan – ‘World Mental Health Day 2020: How therapists with their own psychiatric disorders see things from both sides of the table’. https://www.msn.com/en-sg/lifestyle/lifestyle/world-mental-health-day-2020-how-therapists-with-their-own-psychiatric-disorders-see-things-from-both-sides-of-the-table/ar-BB19UK9n

Maudsley Learning Podcast Interview (July 2021) #20: Being both the doctor and the patient with Dr Rebecca Lawrence.

https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS8yNzcwMTkucnNz/episode/QnV6enNwcm91dC04ODQzNjEy?hl=en-GB&ved=2ahUKEwiBsZ2KqOPxAhUPXsAKHWZ0AksQjrkEegQICxAF&ep=6

Video extract talking about ECT – https://youtu.be/iYaQcZa80FY

Maudsley Learning Challenging Conversation with Dr Geraldine Strathdee – ‘Stigma in mental health: Is it coming from society or within mental health itself?’ Panel member (March 2022). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBMeHzAsVEM&t=17s