Author Archive: Editorial

Urban Picnics: a Tokyo mental health opportunity that’s surprisingly subversive

Layla McCay, Director of the Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health , writes: “Cherry blossom season is upon us in Japan [or was, as of last March]. The national news is filled with cherry blossom reports: it feels like everybody is invested in the specific day that the flowers…
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Panic Diaries: A Genealogy Of Panic Disorder

“Part cultural history, part sociological critique, and part literary performance, Panic Diaries explores the technological and social construction of individual and collective panic. Jackie Orr looks at instances of panic and its ‘cures’ in the twentieth-century United States: from the…
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Compassion for Voices: A Tale of Courage & Hope

This 5 minute film is about the compassionate approach to relating with voices … a project led by Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland , in collaboration with Kate Anderson, independent animation director. The project is part of the Cultural Institute at King’s College Collaborative Innovation Scheme for Early Career Researchers:…
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The concept of schizophrenia is coming to an end – here’s why

Having a diagnosis of schizophrenia is associated with a life-expectancy reduction of nearly two decades. By some criteria, only one in seven people recover. Despite heralded advances in treatments, staggeringly, the proportion of people who recover hasn’t increased over time….
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Do you have a biochemical imbalance? Simple truths about psychiatry

Do you have a biochemical imbalance? Are any such imbalances the cause of things like depression, or anxiety or schizophrenia? Trailblazing psychiatrist Dr. Peter Breggin – in Part 1 of his “Simple Truths about Psychiatry” video series – looks at…
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The Culture of Our Discontent: Beyond the Medical Model of Mental Illness

This book has been written by Prof. Meredith Small. The publishers say: “By many estimations, the Western medical model of mental health is dangerously incomplete. If we step outside of the traditional disease model there are many new and different…
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