The BBC’s Newsnight this week declared that psychiatry is approaching a ‘mental health revolution’. Finally, it announced jubilantly, the physical basis of mental disorders will be laid bare, and psychiatry will become ‘just another brand of the physical sciences, like cardiology’. I quote: Professor Tom Insel, director of the $1.5bn National Institute of Mental Health Read more…

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Jon Ronson’s new book, The Psychopath Test, begins with a visit to Broadmoor psychiatric hospital, the high security facility for the criminally insane, where the state puts people like Peter Sutcliffe, if it ever captures them. Jon meets Tony, a charming young man in his late 20s who had contacted Jon to tell him his Read more…

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Incredible scenes in North Africa and the Middle East, as populations take to the streets to oust their governments. What’s it like, to be in a revolution? Dan Gardner, journalist with the Ottowa Citizen and author of the book Risk interviews the sociologist Charles Kurzman, of the University of North Carolina, who talks interestingly about Read more…

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For people in the UK, have a look at this clip from the excellent BBC series, The Brain: A Secret History, which looks at the history of experimental psychology and includes footage from some of the most famous psychological experiments of the last century. The latest episode was about emotions, and included this interesting footage Read more…

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Psychiatry is at war with itself. The battlefield is the forthcoming publication of the DSM 5 – the latest version of the diagnostic manual that defines mental illnesses for the industry. At stake is the authority of psychiatry, and our society‚Äôs whole approach to the mind and mental illness. This is the second of a Read more…

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