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Post Of The Week – Saturday 9th December, 2017

1) Averil Hart We’ve been working on anorexia nervosa in Year 2 this week and will do so for a bit of next week. We’ve focused on how complex and how serious anorexia nervosa is. This news story about the inquiry into the death of Averil Hart from the consequences of anorexia nervosa serves as […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 2nd December, 2017

1) All In The Mind Two good things from All In The Mind this week. Firstly, there was a report on a scheme to make the films of the lives of people with dementia. Enabling them to preserve episodic memory in this way reduces anxiety and preserves a sense of self. Secondly, there is an […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 26th November 2017

1) The Disease Model When we were studying free will and determinism the other week, we saw that regarding mental illness as a disease like any other removes stigma because it treats mental illness as an illness like any other. The negative side to this is that people think there is nothing they can do […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 19th November 2017

1) All In The Mind – Attachment You need to wind about ten minutes into this programme to find a discussion on attachment with Elizabeth Meins. She challenges the way in which attachment is linked to later disorders. She emphasises that attachments are not stable and change over time. She also challenges the idea that […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 11th November 2017

1) All In The Mind There’s a very good discussion of work being done to understand depression as a response to changes in the immune system at the end of this week’s All In The Mind. It’s coherent in that it shows us that we do not have to think of depression simply as a […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 5th November 2017

1) Louis Theroux – Talking To Anorexia I was a bit nervous about what this programme contains and about putting it on a blog post. There is a danger in writing about anorexia that it is made to seem attractive to those who are vulnerable. That was not the case with this programme. As the […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 28th October 2017

1) OCD As Dysfunctional Habit This podcast from MQ looks at OCD not as the product of irrational thinking but as a dysfunctional habit. The idea has been around for a while and is controversial but the research and the personal testimony are interesting.   2) Aspergers And Me Chris Packham’s documentary last week was […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 22nd October 2017

1) Chris Packham – Asperger’s And Me In this programme, Chris Packham describes his experience of autism. It’s psychologically well informed, with an exploration of brain stimulation and behavioural therapies as treatments for autism. It is also a powerful personal story, questioning our assumptions about abnormality and cure.   2) Obesity This TED introduces obesity […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 15th October 2017

1) Virtual Reality Therapy I first showed students videos about this almost 20 years ago. This article explains what is being done with VR therapy now. It looks at how its time may now be coming but also what has prevented its development to this point.   2) Richard Thaler – Nobel Prize Richard Thaler […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 8th October 2017

1) The Touch Of Madness This article is a long read but, if you stick with it, a rewarding one. It describes the work of Nev Jones, someone who has both studied psychosis and experienced it. At the heart of this is how we define and respond to abnormality.   2) And Another Long Read […]