Video Documentary about The Controversial Discussions

Melanie Klein (facing left) and Anna Freud (facing right) first met and disagreed at the Congress on Child Analysis in 1927

Between January 1943 and May 1944, the British Psychoanalytic Society held ten extraordinary meetings. These came to be known as the Controversial Discussions. They were held to resolve major disagreements over the theory, practice and teaching of psychoanalysis. A new documentary video has been commissioned and released by PEP (Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing) about this reportedly […]

Teens and Depression

The Huffinton Post carries an article written by Liv Raimonde on the experience of teens suffering with depression. While the article is written about teens in the USA the issue of teenage depression is just as relevant to readers in London and the UK. Young adults do not want to reach out for help about their problems. […]

Oxytocin has social, emotional and behavioral benefits in young kids with autism

Viewing autism through the lens of mentalisation, the concept by Fonagy and Target, you could say that it arises from a difficultly in being able to mentalise, to envision the mental state of the other. Research into the effects of oxytocin on children with autism could be read as confirming this view. Autism is a […]

In numbers: Young Scots’ declining mental health

The Scotsman carries a rather sobering review of some of the statistics describing the mental health of teens in Scotland the the inadequate resources to deal with it. The pressure of modern day society is responsible for the deteriorating mental health of Scotland’s young people, according to The Scottish Children’s Services Coalition (SCSC).Bullying, the 24/7 […]

Google to diagnose mental health by analysing your use of language?

The New York Times carries an article about the resignation, after 13 years,  of Dr. Thomas R. Insel as director of the National Institute of Mental Health. What makes the story noteworthy is that he is leaving NIMH to join Google Life Sciences. A brain scientist who made his name studying the biology of attraction […]

Doubt cast on clinical trials of anti-depressants

In Scientific American Roni Jacobson writes that a recent review of a number of clinical trials of anti-depressants found evidence of undue influence and financial motivations which skewed results. After many lawsuits and a 2012 U.S. Department of Justice settlement, last month an independent review found that antidepressant drug Paxil (paroxetine) is not safe for teenagers. The […]

New US study finds talk therapy effective with schizophrenia

The New York Times reports that an ambitious new seven year study, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, which is soon to be published in The American Journal of Psychiatry has found that talk therapies combined with low doses of medication can significantly improved the quality of life for those diagnosed with schizophrenia […]

Talking about your relationship can improve your sex life

It is a fundamental depth psychology maxim that the person you love the most will be the person you hate the most. Sometimes the person you are closest to is the person you are least able to communicate with. When that happens a couples therapist could make the difference. The Huffington Post has published a blog post […]

Psychologists sued for role in CIA torture

Recently in the news the ACLU is targeting the psychologists who designed and administered the CIA torture program on which the US Senate reported late last year. Two psychologists Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell have been named  in the suit. However, the America Psychological Association has also been implicated in the justification of torture, as well as Martin […]