diagnosis

This short series is aimed at a general audience interested in diagnosis in mental health. In the first episode, presenter and Society member Claudia Hammond explores the history of the...

I was reading the letter by Dr Boyle and Dr Shield (The Psychologist, August 2018) and I found myself suddenly feeling sorry for the children (and people in general...

I have to admit that I avoided watching this Channel 4 programme, set on a forensic unit at the Bethlem Royal Hospital, when it first aired. I have come to dread the clichés of mental health media depictions – focus on heroic doctors at the expense of the work of the whole...

Only a short while ago, PDA (pathological demand avoidance) was a term little known to the public; however, due to an increased presence in social media, PDA is becoming a household term. It is not surprising, therefore, that services are under increasing pressure to consider...

Major depression (MD) is the most common mental disorder, and among the most disabling diseases in the world. Despite tremendous efforts and investments, research results of the last decades have been disappointing at best. Drug efficacy and biomarkers are good examples:...

Don’t jump ship!
New approaches in teaching mental health to undergraduates

We hope that the articles in this special issue have convinced you of the need to move beyond diagnosis. Peter Campbell and Rufus May have outlined some alternative...

Working outside the diagnostic frame

We cannot abandon the injured or the maimed, thinking to ensure our own safety and sanity. We must reclaim them, as they are part of ourselves.
Brian Keenan (1993, p.288)

The other articles in...

Hearing my voice

Psychiatric understandings dominate our view of mental illness. This has not always been so. It was not until the mid-nineteenth century that psychiatrists wrested control of asylums away from lay administrators, before establishing...

Diagnosis and drug treatment

The institution of psychiatry is built on two assumptions: that mental distress and deviant behaviour arise from biological abnormalities, and that biological interventions can resolve them. These foundations form the basis...