Prof. Jim Lucey, Medical Director at St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin, has more than twenty five years’ experience in his field of specialisation. Lucey has used this experience to pen a thoughtful and compassionate look at the varied experience of some of the patients he has … More Book Review: In My Room – The Recovery Journey as Encountered by a Psychiatrist.
The mental health provision in North Korea is truly shocking. In my bipolar blog – ‘an uneasy awakening’ I explore some of the issues that confront those struggling with mental illness in this isolated country. Bipolar In North Korea: A Frightening Prospect?.
According to http://www.rawstory.com, Oxford Neuroscientist Kathleen Taylor made a very thought-provoking comment recently during a talk at the Hay Literary Festival in Wales. When asked what positive developments she anticipated in neuroscience in the next 60 years, rawstory states the following: ‘“One of the surprises may be to see people with certain beliefs as people … More Religious Fundamentalism: A ‘Mental Illness’ To Be Cured?
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
The BBC website is reporting on a scientific paper published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology that suggests that just one dose of the hallucinogenic drug LSD could help alcoholics give up drinking. The study, which analysed the results of six 1960’s trials involving more than five hundred patients, found that there was a significant, and … More Revisiting Therapeutic Uses for LSD
According to neuroscientist Dr Kent Kiehl of the University of New Mexico, detailed brain scanning proves that psychopaths lack empathy; their impaired emotional processing should therefore be viewed in much the same way as a lack intellectual ability is viewed – i.e. genetically determined, but also influenced by environmental factors. As a result of Dr. … More Psychopathy and the Brain
‘Flight from Darkness‘ is an excellent documentary on bipolar disorder. Charting the Canadian mathematician Percy Paul’s battles with the debilitating symptoms of bipolar disorder, the film-maker presents an intelligent, well-balanced and informative overview of the course of one man’s illness. The protagonist in the film is a very bright, articulate, well-educated and compassionate character. He … More Flight From Darkness…A Bipolar Journey