Psychiatry

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...

Powerful Magnets Could Be Used To Treat Dementia

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Tech

Electromagnets could be used to hone the precise memories of people suffering from dementia and other memory loss disorders, new research suggests. Sc...

A Letter To My Twelve-Year-Old Self

Lucy Farrington-Smith | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Farrington-Smith

If you look at the photographs taken on my very first flip-phone, amongst the chunks of too-big pixels you'll see that, together with my too-short fringe, I embraced all the great 00's beauty trends.

May Tells HuffPostUK: I'll Act On Children's Mental Health Crisis

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Politics

Theresa May has declared that “mental health problems are everyone’s problem” as she unveiled a raft of new measures to help children and adults...

Widow Blames Austerity For Husband's Brutal Murder

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK

A young mother has blamed “austerity” for mistakes which led to a mentally ill man being free to kill her husband. Renowned academic Dr Jeroen E...

A 'Sniff Test' Could Be Useful In Diagnosing Alzheimer's Disease

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Tech

Something as simple as your sense of smell could soon become a key test in helping to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease early. There has been increasing ...

'Big Boys Don't Cry'

Jim Bolton | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jim Bolton

bmm banner.jpg As a male psychiatrist, I'm very aware that our language is peppered with clichés that discourage boys and men from expressing emotion. If we talk about how we feel we may be told to "man up!" or "stop acting like a girl!".

Men And Depression: Time For More Targeted Treatment

Professor Daniel Smith | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Daniel Smith

bmm banner.jpg Depression in men is a complex challenge that requires much more research from the clinical research community and more creative thinking from policy-makers. Improving the detection, diagnosis and treatment of depression in men is a worthy ambition.

Are Our Psychiatric Hospitals Safe Enough? Suicide And Absconding Among Inpatients

Joy Hibbins | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK
Joy Hibbins

We often feel relief when someone we care about is admitted to psychiatric hospital at a time when they are at risk of suicide. We assume that they are safe there. This is not always the case, and sometimes patients do die by suicide while they are inpatients in psychiatric units. These are catastrophic events. Such deaths devastate families and are almost always avoidable.

OBE Joins New Art Project To Improve NHS Mental Healthcare

Lou Mensah | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Lou Mensah

We know how lucky we are to have the NHS and it's services, spanning physical and mental health care. Sometimes though, we leave with our bodies healed, and our spirits a little diminished. If you have spent time visiting a loved one in a mental health unit, a situation that curator Niamh White and artist Tim A Shaw found themselves in, you may come away thinking that the environment of these units could do with some care.

High Suicide Rate Under Crisis And Home Treatment Teams

Joy Hibbins | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK
Joy Hibbins

I set up our Suicide Crisis Centre precisely because the crisis team, and the alternatives within the charity sector, didn't work for me, and I felt that a new and different form of support was needed.

Psychiatry, The Brain and the Deep Blue Sea

Professor Sir Simon Wessely | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Tech
Professor Sir Simon Wessely

It has been said that there are still two great unexplored regions left on earth- the deep oceans and the human brain. But whilst much about how the ...

Twenty-Nine Facts You Should Know About Psychiatry and Why It Is Helping the Person Next to You

Carmine Pariante | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Tech
Carmine Pariante

Public attitudes towards mental health have also improved thanks to efforts from psychiatrists through the Time for Change anti-stigma campaign; for example, in the last five years, fewer people with mental health problems have experienced discrimination in their social life or in securing a job.

Mental Health in the Next 50 Years: "It's More Than Just Changing Hearts and Mind'

Willem Kuyken | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Willem Kuyken

In my parent's generation there was a sea change in health behaviour. Not so long ago smoking was considered normal, diets were conducive to heart disease and exercise was a marginal pursuit. In just fifty years most people acknowledge the importance of exercise and diet. Smoking has become a marginal pursuit. There has been a huge tipping point.

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 26.03.2017 | 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.