God, Psychiatric Illness & Uncovering Meaning

The psychiatrist Professor Viktor Frankl recounted in one of his many books an experience a student of his had whilst a patient in a psychiatric hospital. It refers to a time when psychiatry was much less enlightened and sophisticated than it is today. Nonetheless, it is demonstrative of the fact that we can find meaning … More God, Psychiatric Illness & Uncovering Meaning

Holocaust Memorial Day & Mental Health

Friday past marked Holocaust Memorial Day in the UK, and the International Holocaust Memorial Day across the globe. Each year people come together, from across religious and cultural divides to remember the genocides that have scarred humanity deeply and irrevocably. Many moving commemorative events have taken place; some have been very public events, whilst others … More Holocaust Memorial Day & Mental Health

Vikram Patel On Democratizing Mental Health Care

Vikram Patel MSc MRCPsych PhD FMedSci is Professor of International Mental Health & Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In his recent TED talk, Patel presents the shocking statistic that nearly 450 million people are affected by mental illness worldwide.  In wealthy nations, just half receive appropriate care, … More Vikram Patel On Democratizing Mental Health Care

My Illness & I………

After struggling all of my adult life with periods of severe clinical depression I’ve now begun treatment for bipolar disorder (manic depression).  As the name suggests, the latter is characterized by periods of severe depression followed by mania/hypomania.  I’m fortunate in the sense that I only(!) suffer from hypomania which manifests itself in over-work, lots … More My Illness & I………