Psychiatry

There Are More Connections in the Human Brain Than There Are Stars in Our Milky Way Galaxy...

Carmine Pariante | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Tech
Carmine Pariante

The debate on Mind vs. Brain has figured prominently in the recent public press. But the debate is misleading: few dispute that mental life is grounded in the complex circuits of connections between neurons (brain cells) and in their constant interaction with the world outside.

Book Review - Because We Are Bad: OCD and a Girl Lost in Thought

Will Black | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Will Black

Because We Are Bad is a harrowing account of a girl's struggle to make sense of the world and contend with distressing thoughts and perceptions that constantly tore into her mind and life. A complex silent battle being fought day and night for many years, while trying desperately to fit in without betraying her secrets and the world coming crashing down.

A Window of Hope for Mental Health

Dr Tony Rao | Posted 25.03.2016 | UK
Dr Tony Rao

Mental illness is now on the map. Let it not be eroded and eventually washed away by a sea of denial and ignorance.

Why There Is No PTSD in Afghanistan

Mark de Rond | Posted 16.02.2016 | UK
Mark de Rond

Seeing the impact of violence first-hand on that 2011 embedded tour to Camp Bastion - the mutilated bodies of children and the countless amputations - I returned to Afghanistan in December to better understand how that country's epidemic of violence is impacting on the psyche of its citizens.

Breaking Through the Silence of Children's Mental Health

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Parents
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

Getting children with mental health and learning disorders noticed and identified is a problem everywhere. And it's a bigger problem for "silent" disorders whose symptoms can be subtle or misidentified.

Running Towards Mental Illness?

Dinesh Bhugra | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dinesh Bhugra

There seems to be limited data but it is clear that the rates of schizophrenia in the Caribbean countries are the same as that seen among white British. It had been argued that some individuals who are prone to develop psychiatric disorders are more likely to migrate but that has not been confirmed.

Transgender Equality: Moving Away From Psychiatry

Stuart Lorimer | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Politics
Stuart Lorimer

At midnight last night, the House of Commons Women and Equalities Select Committee released its report on Transgender Equality. Chaired by Maria Miller, evidence gathering ran to five oral sessions and over 200 written submissions...

Can't Help Won't - Pathological Demand Avoidance SyndromeΩ

Neil Ayres | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Parents
Neil Ayres

A complex syndrome on the autism spectrum is receiving increasing attention from researchers and educators - those with the condition and their families hope that front-line clinicians won't be far behind.

Stop Using Mental Illnesses as Adjectives

Claire Greaves | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Greaves

Many of us have done it, "Kate can be a bit bipolar can't she?!" meaning that one day she can be in a good mood, the next she can be in a bad mood or ...

Oscar Films 2015 - Psychological Perspectives

Dr Mark Silvert | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Dr Mark Silvert

As a Doctor who specialises in the analysis and the motivations of people - outside of work my favourite thing to do is to go to the cinema with my cousin (himself an award winning film maker) and then pouring over every detail of characters, story and plot lines.

Today's Psychiatrist

Dr Mark Silvert | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK
Dr Mark Silvert

People think that if you are a psychiatrist it means you push medications on people. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sure some bad apples do. And yes we do prescribe but most of us don't unless we really need to.

Don't Walk this Way - How Your Steps Tell Psychopaths who to Attack

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

One specific type of body language that reliably distinguishes victims from non-victims is gait. A previous study found prison inmates who had been convicted of sexual assault identified targets as vulnerable because of certain motions within their walk.

Labels - For Jars or People?

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

I don't like my labels. I didn't ask for them, and I would certainly rather I didn't have them. But I do. They don't define me, and they're not all I am, not by a long shot. But accepting them, rather than fighting them, has brought me just that bit closer to being able to manage them. So go ahead, label me, it helps. Just don't judge me.

Making Space for the Meaning in Madness

Dr Jay Watts | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Jay Watts

Understanding Psychosis destabilises such hope-crushing ideas that schizophrenia is a brain disease. How? Firstly, the report takes seriously the main biological theories, weighing up the evidence base before concluding that there is no proven biological abnormality associated with schizophrenia.

Pick Up Artistry? Exploitative and Fraudulent

Dr Mark Silvert | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Mark Silvert

I sometimes meet some of those that attend these seminars in my psychiatric clinic. I take it seriously because a lot of people think it's a bit of fun and it's not - what it is - is exploitation of people with low self worth and often extreme naivety coupled with the hope that it's the answer to their dreams.

A Psychologist's Confession: I'm Not Interested in What You're Thinking

Karen Pine | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Pine

My lack of interest stems from the fact that what you're thinking has little to do with how you will behave. Sure, what you're thinking will affect how you're feeling. But it will barely connect with what you do. And what I'm really interested in is behaviour.

The Darker Side of Success

Dr Rafael Euba | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Rafael Euba

There is nothing wrong with having "a dream", of course. The incentive of a final goal may help us focus and cope with some of the trials that life throws at us. But the narrative of life is often fractured and essentially unpredictable, so living with the only purpose of arriving in a particular predesigned place is a bad strategy.

Post-Natal and Bipolar - Wearing Nappies in G-Strings

Kerry Hudson | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Hudson

Contrary to statistics that put me in the seventy percent chance of post-natal psychosis, I held my head firmly above water. It wasn't easy, at times the water stank, many times, in fact most of the time, but I wouldn't allow myself - now a mother - to go under.

Irish Psychiatry and Consent

Aaron Vallely | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK
Aaron Vallely

"I believe", Mary told me at her house in Cork, "the biggest issue around this is human rights. The human right to decide what you want to do for yourself. " Regarding Electroshock in Ireland, Mary told me that the capacity to consent is not there because there are two words planted around it, 'unable' and 'unwilling'.

Crisis Point: Where to Turn When the Government Have Let You Down?

Sian S. Rathore | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sian S. Rathore

Ten days passed and my condition got worse and worse. I was being treated by Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team, who advised me to try to sleep, came to my house three times a day with diazepam, told me to calm down, and trusted me to take the pills and go to sleep.

Borderline Personality Disorder

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

When I'm depressed it's really pronounced - I can go from ok to dangerously low to barely contained anger in a matter of hours. When I'm well, my mood tends to follow those around me - if I'm with people who are in good form, I'm in good form. If there's stress or angst around me, I take it on. As Therapist described it today, I'm a chameleon when it comes to mood.

Pistorius Sent For Psychiatric Assessment For 'Hypervigilence' Disorder

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK

Oscar Pistorius must have his trial adjourned while he undergoes psychiatric assessment, the judge has ruled. Judge Thokozile Masipa has ruled that...

Jessica Elgot

Why Do Some Teens Troll Themselves Online?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK

Hannah Smith was bombarded with vile messages telling her to kill herself. Posts on the website Ask.fm told her to drink bleach, that she was a slut, ...

The NHS Endorses AA - After 80 Years

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

Gradually things are changing. Public Health England, an NHS policy making body that has the mission to "protect and improve the nation's health", issued a briefing document at the end of last year which encourages GPs to make use of "mutual aid" groups like AA.

Mental Health Act - Unethical Paternalism?

Rhiannon Morgan | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rhiannon Morgan

The MHA should only be used as a last resort as a safeguard for any forms of harm as it deprives an individual from their liberty. If a patient is well enough to return home to their own freedom and independence, then they should have that option. I have strong views on this, having experienced it first hand.