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:  

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2021). ‘ECT’s bad reputation isn’t justified – but we must be upfront about its problems.’ Opinion/ Mental health (

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2021). ‘Mental illness is a reality – so why does mental health get all the attention?’ Opinion/ Mental health (

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2021). ‘It’s OK to not be OK’ is a nice hashtag, but does it really help?Opinion/ Mental health (

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2021). When depression wears a smile, even psychiatrists like me can be deceived.Opinion/ Mental health (

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2021). What it’s like to be on both sides of a mental health section. Opinion/ Mental health (

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2020). As both a psychiatrist and a patient, I know how slippery a diagnosis can be. Opinion/ Mental health (

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2020). If lockdown has tipped you into problem drinking, you’re probably not alone. Opinion/ Alcohol (

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2020). I thought mental illness meant I’d never be a doctor. Now I’m a consultant psychiatrist. Opinion/ Mental health (

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2020). Disclosing mental illness: a doctor’s dilemma. BJPsych Bull.

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2019). The Patient-Psychiatrist. Is it possible to be both a psychiatrist and a patient? Choose Psychiatry Team.

Lawrence, Rebecca. (2019). To a psychiatrist – Poem. The British Journal of Psychiatry. 214, 317.

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,

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, Rebecca. (2016). Disco Biscuits and Annihilation: why I can’t keep up with names for legal highs. Views from the NHS frontline (

(“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)

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.


Lawrence RJ. (2019). Re: Should we stop using electroconvulsive therapy? Letter to BMJ; BMJ 2019;364:k5233.

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. (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.