There’s a new spirit of self-help and mutual improvement blowing through public health policy. I first felt its breeze in Scotland’s national mental health strategy, which was published in August, and which made much of its ‘person-centred approach’ to mental health in Scotland. One of the main themes of the strategy is “embedding more peer-to-peer Read more…

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Psychodynamic therapists of the world, rejoice! After years of complaining that CBT sucks up all the public funding, it seems that psychodynamic therapists may be about to get a break – in Sweden at least. For the last four years or so, Sweden’s government has put substantial funds (around £200 million according to one source) Read more…

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Secular liberalism, which was born in Athens in the fifth century BC, replaced the Olympian gods with the god of Public Opinion. According to the fifth century philosopher Protagoras, who is perhaps the father of liberal philosophy, what drives us to obey the law and fit in with the manners of civilisation is not fear Read more…

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I had social anxiety for several years. I developed it as a side-effect of post-traumatic stress disorder when I was 18. When you have PTSD, you fear you are broken, and you don’t want others to see that, and to think less of you, so it can often develop into social anxiety, where you end Read more…

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I suffered from social anxiety for a few years in my late teens and early twenties, and managed to overcome it thanks to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I then researched and wrote a long and rather crazy book, looking at the relationship between western culture and social anxiety. The book, which was called The Wild Read more…

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