Dr David James

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How Having, or Not Having, an NHS Psychiatric Bed Can Kill You

(4) Comments | Posted 18 October 2013 | (00:00)

An investigation by BBC News and Community Care magazine into 53 of England's Mental Health Trusts reveals that 1,711 mental health beds have been closed since April 2011, including 277 between April and August 2013, representing a 9% reduction in the total number of mental health beds available in 2011/12.

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What the Psychology of World War Z - And Horror Films in General - Tell Us About Ourselves

(21) Comments | Posted 25 June 2013 | (00:00)

The latest Brad Pitt block-buster movie World War Z - about a zombie apocalypse sweeping the world - has just opened in the UK. But does the immense global popularity of horror genre films like these reveal something dark lurking in our psyches?

In a paper...

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Are Some Recent Religious Conversions Linked to Terrorism, Via Psychosis?

(1) Comments | Posted 29 May 2013 | (14:49)

The great majority of terrorists aren't found to have any form of mental illness. However, the situation is less clear with so-called 'lone actors', 'self-starters' or pairs who aren't part of any mainstream group.

Perpetrators of the latest series of attacks in the headlines in various parts of the West,...

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The Horse Meat Scandals Reveal We Are More Psychologically Screwed Up Than We Realised About Eating Animals

(26) Comments | Posted 20 February 2013 | (23:00)

Everyone's getting upset because horses are turning up in our dinners rather than cows. But is it possible that this 'scandal' is revealing more about our relationships with animals and conflicts in our inner psyches, than the nutritional content of our meals?

We develop relationships with certain animals, such as...

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Knowing the Difference Between Love and Stalking Could Save Your Life

(2) Comments | Posted 13 February 2013 | (23:00)

Glen Skoler, a Forensic Psychologist based in Washington DC, has posed the question of whether the most famous love obsession in western literature - Shakespeare's sonnets for his 'dark lady' - reveal that the writer at the center of the Western canon of literature, was in fact an obsessed stalker....

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How NHS Mental Health Care Was Failing as Patient Nicola Edgington Killed Again

(5) Comments | Posted 8 February 2013 | (23:00)

The media coverage over the savage killing of Sally Hodkin by psychiatric patient Nicola Edgington has, yet again, failed to uncover the real collapse in NHS mental health services.

Edgington walked out of hospital in the early hours of 10 October 2011, where she had gone seeking help, apparently...

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Does the Man Tasered Outside Buckingham Palace Raise Questions Over the Safety of the Royal Family?

(1) Comments | Posted 4 February 2013 | (07:48)

Reports that police deployed a taser stun gun on a man brandishing knives outside Buckingham Palace might appear about a bizarre and rare incident, but the massive media attention it ignited reminds us of one possible motivation for attacking a Royal - the seeking of notoriety or attention for a...

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Do Armed Guards Prevent You From Being Shot?

(0) Comments | Posted 21 January 2013 | (10:02)

"Are the President's kids more important than yours?" begins the current National Rifle Association (NRA) television advert. It suggests Mr. Obama has different standards for the safety of his own children than he does for other people's. While his kids are protected at school by armed security personnel, Obama has...

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