Psychiatry

The Challenges Faced By A Prison Psychiatrist

Dr. Sohom Das | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK
Dr. Sohom Das

Severely psychiatrically unwell prisoners are people who, very likely, have been failed by services over and over again. They are very likely to have had horrific experiences (abuse seems to come as standard for the women, and even the men that I have assessed in prison). Sure, some of them have made poor choices and may have wronged others, and that can't be ignored. Nevertheless, for those who are too unwell to look out for themselves, we, as an apparently mature, developed society should step in and shoulder some of the responsibilities. It is not always simple; there are complications and barriers, but there are no excuses for floridly unwell psychotic prisoners to be trapped inside cells for weeks and months awaiting treatment.

This Very Specific Symptom Could Be An Early Sign Of Dementia

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK Tech

Most people associate the early stages of dementia with symptoms such as getting confused or struggling to recall details, but now scientists have rev...

This Computer Could Diagnose Your Alzheimer's Long Before Symptoms Show

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Tech

If you’re worried that the computers are getting smarter, then you might just be right as a machine has successfully learned how to diagnose Alzheim...

Paul Danan Admits He's Struggling With Sobriety In 'Celebrity Big Brother'

The Huffington Post | Daniel Welsh | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Entertainment

Paul Danan has admitted to struggling with his sobriety in the ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ house. The former ‘Celebrity Love Island’ contestant ha...

Women Are Using A LOT More Of Their Brains Than Men

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 08.08.2017 | UK Tech

They say men are from Mars and women are from Venus, but now scientists have confirmed that the genders do indeed have fundamental differences in the ...

Psychological Commentary On Trump And The Goldwater Rule - What's A Concerned Shrink To Do?

Dr Aaron Balick | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Aaron Balick

In the end, it is right that mental health professionals shouldn't go around labelling public figures with mental disorders as simplistic explanations for their choices. At the same time, professionals in the field of should be allowed to apply their expertise no less so than economists or constitutional scholars.

Scientists Have Actually 'Re-Activated' Lost Memories In Mice With Alzheimer's

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Tech

Scientists have long believed that Alzheimer’s erases memories, but a new study has suggested that in fact they are kept in the brain but are ‘loc...

You Can Debate Donald Trump's Mental Health, Psychoanalyst Group Tells Members

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 25.07.2017 | UK

Psychoanalysts should feel free to publicly debate Donald Trump’s mental health, a group representing them has said. Mental health professionals dia...

BBC Panorama On Murder And Anti-Depressants Sparks Fears People Will Stop Taking Medication

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK

Mental health campaigners fear a BBC Panorama exploring the potential link between violence and certain anti-depressants could stop people taking thei...

Scientists Have Discovered Why Psychopath's Behave The Way They Do

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Tech

Hannibal Lecter, Norman Bates and Annie Wilkes are all perfect examples of the psychopathic “cold-blooded monster” that we want to keep under lock...

Psychiatry V Psychology - A Consumer's View

Lucy Nichol | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Nichol

Have you seen the Twitter war? The psychologists v psychiatrists war of words in 140 characters. It can be as caustic as JK Rowling v Donald Trump, except in this war, as far as I can tell, there isn't an obvious bad guy. And in this war, capital letters are only used for diagnoses and prescription pills.

Brain Training Does Improve Memory And Reduce The Risk Of Dementia

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Tech

Brain training games can help boost memory and reduce the problems associated with the very earliest stages of dementia, such as forgetting where your...

Mum With Postnatal Anxiety Wants Others To Know They're Not Alone: Here's What You Need To Know About It

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Parents

A mum has opened up about experiencing postnatal anxiety to let other new parents know they’re not alone. Mel Watts, from Australia, who blogs at T...

This May Explain Why You Have Insomnia

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Tech

Contrary to popular belief, it could actually be your genetic makeup that is to blame for insomnia, not just lifestyle factors such as stress. This i...

In 2017, Psychiatry Is Still Misunderstood

Dr Tony Rao | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK
Dr Tony Rao

Psychiatrists are keen to change myths about mental disorders. We are also keen to change public opinion through public engagement. Of course, that's the main reason for writing this. The figures on mental disorders may surprise you. One in five mothers suffer a mental disorder during pregnancy or in the first year after childbirth.

Exercising Can Protect The Brain From Alzheimer's

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Tech

The evidence is clear, exercising can actually protect the human brain from Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study. Alzheimer’s is the most...

Mental Health, Situation Critical - The Effect Of Social Media

Dr Mark Silvert | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Tech
Dr Mark Silvert

So I am driving in my car, I am getting old now, so I am listening to talk radio instead of a music station and commentators on the radio of which I have been one myself in the past, are talking about mental health and how depression is now the leading cause of disability worldwide. The leading cause! Shocking!

A Contested Experience: The Multiple Meanings Of 'Hearing Voices'

Simon McCarthy-Jones | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK
Simon McCarthy-Jones

What do you think of when it is said that someone is 'hearing voices'? For many people, nothing good comes to mind; mental illness, violence, a broken...

Scientists Hope Wonder-Drug Will Halt Alzheimer's And Parkinson's In Their Tracks

Press Association | Oscar Williams | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Tech

Two “repurposed” drugs have been shown to reduce the kind of brain shrinkage caused by Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. Both me...

Caffeine Could Be The Key To An Alzheimer's Breakthrough

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Tech

Caffeine may boost an enzyme in the brain shown to protect against dementia, according to a new study. But before you start guzzling coffee like there...

Actions Speak Louder Than Words - The Mental Health Crisis

Meg Burchell | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Meg Burchell

The lack of urgency to make a positive change to the world of mental health treatment in this country terrifies me. Children's mental health cannot continue to be undermined or neglected. The government is failing our next generation, as well as the 1 in 4 adults who suffer from a mental illness. Change NEEDS to happen, not just talked about. After all, actions speak louder than words.

Ricki Lake Pays Tribute To ‘Soulmate’ Ex-Husband Following His Death, Aged 45

The Huffington Post | Matt Bagwell | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Entertainment

Ricki Lake has announced that her ex-husband Christian Evans has died, aged 45. The US star, who was a guest judge on last weekend’s ‘Let It Shine...

A New Gender Gap

Professor Sir Simon Wessely | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK
Professor Sir Simon Wessely

Over a quarter of 16-24-year-old women now experience a mental disorder, an all-time high, mostly accounted for by anxiety related disorders. This rare rise makes young women three times more likely than young men to experience mental ill health.

From An Enlightenment King To Enlightened Princes: Mental illness And The Royal Family

Professor Sir Simon Wessely | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK
Professor Sir Simon Wessely

Most people only know two things about George III. He lost us America and he went mad, although those with a degree in Advanced King George Studies might have heard that he wasn't actually mad, but suffering from a metabolic disorder called porphyria. A new BBC documentary, showcasing the Georgian Papers Programme, an academic partnership between Royal Archives and King's College London, made possible by personal permission of the Queen herself, challenges all this.

Here's A Clear Sign You Have A Smartphone Addiction

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Tech

We’ve all experienced the phantom phone alert: the sensation that your phone has buzzed or pinged with a message or notification when it hasn’t. N...