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Surveillance – a new treatment for depression

In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s a revolution going on. The rise of the machines, you might call it, or perhaps technology on steroids. Nowhere is this more evident than in the brave new world of healthcare, where technology-enabled clothing and accessories can monitor your heart rate, contact lenses can detect blood sugar for diabetics…

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How to spot a psychopath

  Most people, if you ask them, will tell you that a psychopath is someone at the extreme end of the mental health spectrum. Which is true, but we tend to assume they are easily identifiable by the crimes they commit (most notoriously, murder). Many who commit murder are indeed psychopathic, but the number of…

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Sniffing around for answers to autism

Some time in the last ten years, it seems that autism has made its way into the public mind. A bit like ‘bipolar’, it is now not uncommon to meet people (that is, children) who suffer from the condition. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in America, one in every 68 children is…

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Inflammatory stuff

You know what it’s like – some days everything just seems to go awry. The boiler starts leaking, your child gets sick and has to be picked up from school, and when you step out to get into the car you realise you’ve had a flat tyre. These are the sorts of daily stressors that…

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What happens when even our mental health provision is depressed?

From ‘Addressing the Deterioration in Public Psychotherapy Provision’ (UKCP/BPC) A recent report published by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) entitled ‘Addressing the deterioration in public psychotherapy provision‘ leaves us in no doubt as to the state of government provision of mental health services. Some of the more…

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Pesticides go incognito

At no other time in world history have we been exposed to such a heady cocktail of chemicals which, while supposedly making our lives easier, also put us at risk. From the fumes we inhale in traffic-choked cities to the plastic residues we ingest on cling-filmed foods, we are arguably being bombarded. Pyrethroid insecticides are…

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CBT forty years on

Albert Ellis (1913-2007) Last year, the World Health Organization ranked depressive disorders as the third highest cause of disease burden in the world. You don’t have to look very far to verify this claim. Psychotherapy has been rightly identified as a fundamental approach to its treatment and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has enjoyed pride of…

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Are you anxious to make a decision?

How many of us can genuinely say we find decision-making easy? Sure, when the question is tea or coffee, spots or stripes, wine or mineral water, it’s no big deal. But what about when the stakes are higher, like ‘should I take that job that pays less but is less stressful’ or ‘should we leave…

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