Day time and night time

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. Carl Jung

On Knowing: Essays for the Left Hand Jerome Bruner “Discovery,…

One of my favourite blogs Brain Pickings publishes a growing collection of very juicy looking books. The blog’s curator Maria Popova has a brilliant eye. One of the psychology books she has selected is On Knowing: Essays for the Left Hand by Jerome Bruner the pioneering Harvard cognitive psychologist and learning theorist who turns 100 […]

What is it like to experience mental illness? a BPS meta-study.

IN a post to make World Mental Health Day the BPS blog Research Digest published a review by Christian Jarrett  of previous posts with the common theme of exploring what it is like to be a sufferer of some common mental health disorders. The disorders in the studies reviewed include depression, selective mutism, psychosis, OCD and […]

The echoes of the Prozac revolution

Dr P Marazzi/Science Photo Library

The Lancet Psychiatry is sharing the full text of a brilliant article on the position of  SSRIs in our culture 30 years on from the Prozac revolution. The article notes how at first there was a fear that the new anti-depressants would make us lose our true selves, and then somewhat archly points out that what […]

Dubstep producer Benga speaks about his breakdown

The Guardian – music reporter Kate Hutchinson has written up a very important interview with  Adegbenga Adejumo (Benga) dubstep DJ, producer and member of dance supergroup Magnetic Man.   Last year, the pioneering dubstep DJ and producer was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia. Benga talks with honesty and insight about a period in his life which culminated in […]

Why Each Of Your Neurons Is A Beautiful And Unique Snowflake

The Atlantic science reporter Ed Yong has written an intriguing report on some new findings about the genetic genealogy of brain cells. Your neurons have unexpectedly varied genomes, and each is more closely related to heart cells than to its neighbors. Why? In remarkable research being conducted by Christopher Walsh from Boston Children’s Hospital is found further […]

The madness of Charlie Brown

The Lancet has a great article about one of the media’s most prominent psychiatrists. Lucy takes lemons and gives them a good squeeze before serving them right back at you. Source: The madness of Charlie Brown – The Lancet The article provides a review of her illustrious illustrated career, takes a look at one or two […]

Children seeking mental health advice on internet

BBC News is carrying a piece about how children are reluctant to seek help for mental or emotional distress, and would rather search for help online rather than approach a teacher or GP. Children’s Commissioner for England Anne Longfield says children do not have the confidence to go to the doctor with mental health issues. […]

Good Pharma – the story of researchers who

The Times Higher Education website is carrying a review by David Healy of Good Pharma: The Public-Health Model of the Mario Negri Institute, by Donald W. Light and Antonio F. Maturo. Good Pharma is the story of the Mario Negri Institute, based in a working class suburb of Milan. Mario Negri was a wealthy patron who, […]

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy can help depressed patients where other treatments fail


The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and published the result of a randomized controlled trial in the October edition of World Psychiatry which evidenced the efficacy of long term psychoanalytic psychotherapy (LTPP) for NHS patients suffering from chronic depression. Importantly it was a longitudinal study which started over 10 years ago, and followed participants for two-years post-intervention to look […]