Post Of The Week – Sunday 28th April, 2019

1) All In The Mind – Clarke And Carrie Carlisle

Clarke Carlisle was a professional footballer. He has suffered severe depression. He and his wife talk about their experience in this episode of All In The Mind. It is extraordinarily good. We’ve been thinking about the definition of abnormality in terms of failure to function adequately, noting that people with disorders can function adequately in many settings despite being ill. Carlisle describes how he was able to function in football even when there was something very wrong with him. In a mad world, insanity can find its niche. He talks about the biopsychosocial model. He understands his illness and recovery at several different levels. He talks about the cognitive therapy which has given him extraordinary insight into his own condition. He and his wide speak powerfully about the support they received from the NHS and the need to change services to focus on prevention.


2) SciShow – Causes Of Depression

This is also very, very good: well-balanced and informative.


3) Nicotine Replacement

When we study methods for reducing addiction, we look at the use of varenicline and bupropion. The role of nicotine replacement therapy – patches, gum, etc.,- is rather sidelined. This Cochrane Review and this article about it suggest that NRT needs another look.


4) Commitment And Social Change

The protests about climate change raise some questions about the role of social influence processes. Here is a piece about the importance of disruption and arrests as a way of showing commitment. Here is a further piece about strategy.


5) Free Will And Criminal Responsibility

When we study free will and determinism, we look at how the idea of determinism undermines criminal responsibility. Court cases now are starting to examine evidence from neuroscience about why people commit crimes. One such case is explained here.


6) Obesity And Depression Go Hand In Hand

This news story describes research into obesity and depression in children. The evidence is correlational. It is not clear which is cause and which is effect. Poverty could be related to both.


7) Dental Phobia

Dental phobia is common. This article is worth reading to remind yourself about how we define abnormality in general and phobias in particular. It is also interesting that treatment tends to be cognitive rather than behavioural.


8) Mary Warnock

The ethical guidelines of the studies we do owe much to the work of Mary Warnock who died earlier this year. Here is an appreciation of her.

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