Dr Zerrin Atakan, Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Zerrin Atakan

Consultant Psychiatrist, Hon. Senior Lecturer

My professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:

  • MD (Turkish)
  • MRCPsych.
  • FRCPsych

My professional experience:

After completing psychiatric training in Turkey, I moved to the UK with a research scholarship, where I obtained my membership degree from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

From 1990 until 2003, for 13 years, I worked as a psychiatric intensive care consultant and from 2003 until 2007 was the lead consultant at the National Psychosis Unit at the Maudsley Hospital, London.

I am currently doing part-time private practice as well as researching the effects of cannabis on mental functioning.

I have extensive experience with treating and helping those with psychoses, depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD and other forms of mental health problems. I am also known as an expert in treating treatment-resistant psychosis as well as helping those who have problematic cannabis use.

My personal statement:

I approach people as individuals in unique circumstances. I believe in working in a collaborative manner with my patients and their carers.

I have particular expertise in diagnosing and treating schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, OCD, PTSD and cannabis use related mental health problems.

I have been carrying out cannabis research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience for some years and have numerous publications published at the peer reviewed journals.

Additional information about my research, publications and interests:

Here are some of my most recent publications:

Media work (on cannabis related issues):

  • Cannabis Psychosis’ Channel 4 documentary, (One hour long) 16.12.2002 (Transmitted again in April 2003)
  • BBC World ‘Violence and Society’, following WHO report on violence, 3.10.2002
  •  Frequently mentioned in National broadsheets on cannabis related issues
  • Press interviews, releases following the release of NICE recommendations on the use of antipsychotics, 2002
  • Regular media work in Turkey
  • Regular media work on cannabis and mental health related issues, including appearances on Newsnight – BBC 2, BBC One 6:30 news and Radio 4
  • Horizon BBC1 documentary on the effects of cannabis, transmitted in 3 February 2009
  • BBC Learning –transmitted in spring 2009

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