mental health

A psychology undergraduate in her second year, 'Nora' has recently been on an alarming downward spiral. Three years ago she began experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety, and she found it hard to stay motivated and focused on her studies. She has lost...

In 1983, at the age of 18, I was first diagnosed with full-blown schizophrenia. 

The drugs they stuffed into me, such as chlorpromazine under the name Largactil, reduced me to a vegetable state. I was then incarcerated in a prison-like hospital.

Today, the ‘title...

Ella Rhodes reports…

‘For decades, mental health services have been governed by a reductionist biomedical paradigm that has contributed to the exclusion, neglect, coercion and abuse of people with intellectual, cognitive and psychosocial disabilities, persons with...

Two surveys that revealed a high prevalence of significant mental health problems among clinical psychologists and trainees, as well as a fear of disclosing them, have led to a follow-on project conducted by the Unit for Stigma Research at University College London. The new...

What connects these individuals: Frank Bruno, Dame Kelly Holmes, Marcus Trescothick [pictured] and Aaron Lennon? If you said are all are winners you would be correct; if you said all are elite sports individuals, again correct. But there is something else: they all reported...

Just how immersed are the hearts of our political leaders in the quest to transform the mental state of the nation after 8 June 2017? After all, this opportunity to influence the nation’s mental health and wellbeing is arguably unprecedented on at least two counts. First, in...

‘Why did I go mad?’ was the arresting title of a Horizon documentary on the experiences that are sometimes diagnosed as ‘schizophrenia’ or ‘psychosis’ (BBC 2, 2nd May). We were invited into the complex, vivid and sometimes frightening inner worlds of three...

The idea that our more distressing emotions are nothing more than the symptoms of physical illnesses, which can then be treated like any other medical disease, is pervasive and seductive. But it is also profoundly flawed, and our present approach to helping people in acute...

Editor's note: The headline above was for the print selection, and more letters have been added to this online version. These letters have included 'more clear answers'. However, if I change the headline, the original link - which has been widely shared on social media - will...

Over the last few months the pages of The Psychologist have been much occupied with revelations of the various mental health afflictions suffered by practising clinical...