Psychiatry

Stop Using Mental Illnesses as Adjectives

Claire Greaves | Posted 05.03.2015 | 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 23.02.2015 | 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 18.03.2015 | 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.

Psychologists Find the Best Way to Achieve New Year's Resolutions - Is to Not Make Any

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Raj Persaud

New Year's resolutions commonly involve resolving to end bad habits - for example giving up alcohol or smoking. However the latest psychological research suggests that, paradoxically, trying hard to not do something, might render it more likely you will perform negative habits.

Seeking a Light Beyond Depression

Tony Lobl | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

For a couple of weeks I'd taken snapshots of glorious dawn skies from my bedroom window and posted them on Facebook, to modest acclaim from a few fait...

Thorpe Park Under Pressure To Rename 'Asylum' Ride

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK

Pressure is mounting on a theme park to change the name of its controversial 'Asylum' maze, which mental health campaigners say enforces stigma of men...

Beyond Mental Health Labels Through a New View of You

Tony Lobl | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Dr Allen Frances warned that in the world of mental health care a label "can begin in a moment and live on for the rest of your life". It was vital, he said, that the labelling of mental health challenges was always undertaken very responsibly.

A London Landmark: The Workplace of Al-Qaeda's Favourite Psychiatrist

F.R. Tallis | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK
F.R. Tallis

When people visit the IMAX or the South bank centre they may be dimly aware of being overlooked by a lovely red brick Victorian building. The lettering on the front identifies its original purpose: The Royal Waterloo Hospital for Children and Women. Few will realize that they are passing one of London's most sinister landmarks.

Mental Health Awareness: Anorexia - Still Misunderstood?

Rhiannon Morgan | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Rhiannon Morgan

One mental health issue facing misrepresentation and discrimination is anorexia nervosa. When portrayed in the media, anorexia sufferers are often depicted as obsessive teenage girls who made the choice themselves to stop eating, or celebrities driven to starvation through their strive for perfection. The reality is far more complex.

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

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

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.

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

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 10.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Raj Persaud

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. The terrible irony at the heart of the Nicola Edgington case is that she was in fact a voluntary patient.