Early Therapy May Help Prevent Psychosis.

Early Therapy May Help Prevent Psychosis.

People are most at risk of developing a psychotic illness in their teens or early twenties.  As a psychotic illness is devastating for the young person and their family, recent emphasis has been placed on early intervention at those at risk of developing psychosis.  The most common treatment is antipsychotic drugs, but this strategy is controversial as the side effects can be severe, including weight gain, and in any event, patients often stop taking the...

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A Polemic on Pornography.

A Polemic on Pornography.

I remember as a child being first introduced to pornography.  I was in primary school and little over nine years old.  Another boy had found a crumpled, and rain washed, image of a nude woman from a glossy magazine.  I remember the impact of the image … it left me shocked and confused.  Of course in those days (and I’m talking  the Seventies), pornography was strictly licensed and mainly consisted of women posing for the...

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Caffeine and Panic Attacks.

Caffeine and Panic Attacks.

Panic attacks are probably the most distressing form of anxiety.  Panic attacks often appear from nowhere, and for no apparent reason, leaving the client feeling vulnerable in the face of their unpredictable nature. For anyone who has experienced a panic attack, they will know how intense and frightening such attacks can be.  Central to the psychological process of panic attacks is what we call the ‘catastrophic misinterpretation’.  For many people who experience panic, they misinterpret...

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DSM-5 – Medicalisation Gone Too Far?

DSM-5 – Medicalisation Gone Too Far?

Medicine proceeds on the basis that there are discreet illnesses that can be first diagnosed, then second, treated.  This works well for heart diseases, skin diseases, and bowel diseases, etc.  But is it appropriate to use this ‘medical model’ for mental health problems? Well the debate is about to be revisited again as the American Psychiatric Association publishes the fifth of their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders.  But why should we care? Well the institution of...

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Men and Women’s Emotional Worlds Are Different.

Men and Women’s Emotional Worlds Are Different.

It has long been argued, that men’s brains and women’s brains are essentially identical. On this view, when our girlfriends and wives implored us to ‘get in touch with our feelings’; we tend to think that it’s something that we should and could do. Nevertheless, for many a man, there is often a sense of mystery of just what it is he is expected to do. A woman’s capacity to express emotions, or so it...

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