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Carmine M. Pariante

A psychiatry professor who wants to know why stress makes us ill and wants to help people achieving better mental health

I am a Professor of Biological Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London, and Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. I am trying to understand the role of stress in mental disorders and in the response to psychotropic medications, both in clinical studies and in the laboratory. I am particularly interested in depression, fatigue, and mental health in pregnancy and postpartum. My dream is that new treatments targeting the stress system will soon be available to alleviate the suffering of patients with mental health problems.
On Pain, Mental Health, Opioid Addiction, Spirituality And Kung

On Pain, Mental Health, Opioid Addiction, Spirituality And Kung Fu

A few weeks ago, Crystal and I, with many other students, joined the grading to our next level of Kung Fu training. Kung Fu grading is a stressful business, and it is difficult for everybody. But for Crystal, it should have been impossible. Or at least so it seemed, last year.
11/05/2017 16:24 BST
The London Riots, a Psychiatrist's

The London Riots, a Psychiatrist's Perspective

Exactly a year ago, hundreds of kids misbehaved really badly, so why has nobody asked the question? Have we - society, government, family - done something wrong? Why the loud silence? Oh, sorry, I forgot - they are they just nasty little rioters, and should go to prison. There is nothing else to ask. Where is the reflection, the understanding, the questions? Those arrested during the riots mainly came from deprived areas and had the poorest educational backgrounds. They set fire to their own communities, and looted consumerist goods − plasma TVs, "branded" fashionable electronics and expensive shoes. Why did they do what they did?
06/08/2012 17:29 BST