Author Archive: Editorial

Do delusions have and give meaning?

This paper , co-authored by Rosa Ritunnano and Lisa Bortolotti, has been published in Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. The abstract says: “Delusions are often portrayed as paradigmatic instances of incomprehensibility and meaninglessness. Here we investigate the relationship between delusions and…
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Coming off lithium ‘lifted the veil’ of tranquillising medication for a more fulfilling life

This article by John Kelly has been published by Mad in Ireland. It begins: “You have bipolar disorder? No need to be so bloody sheepish about it!’ Insisted Mattias bullishly, on hearing why I had an appointment that required me to take time…
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My adult ADHD drugs felt like a lifeline. Then came the scary side-effects …

“After a year on prescription stimulants, I started to unravel. Would a desperate experiment with street narcotics make me see things differently?” This article by Sophie Knight has been published in The Guardian. It begins: “At first being diagnosed with ADHD…
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Our Daily Meds: How the Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves into Slick Marketing Machines and Hooked the Nation on Prescription Drugs

This book (with relevance to the psychiatry’s prescribing of psychotropic drugs on a massive scale) has been written by investigative journalist Melody Petersen. The publishers say: “In an odyssey into the dark side of American medicine, an award-winning journalist reveals how…
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Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain

This book comes from Antonio Damasio. The publishers say: “In the centuries since Descartes famously proclaimed, ‘I think, therefore I am,’ science has often overlooked emotions as the source of a person’s true being. Even modern neuroscience has tended until recently…
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Why women are being given boxing gloves and ballet shoes instead of antidepressants

Subtitled “With one in five people taking pills for their mental health, doctors are turning to alternative methods – with help from Sport England”, this report from Miranda has been published in the Daily Telegraph. It begins: “It’s long been known…
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The Neurodiversity Paradigm in Psychiatry: Robert Chapman, PhD

Subtitled “Is neurodivergence to be cured or is it a healthy part of our social ecology?“, this interview with philosopher Dr. Robert Chapman is conducted by psychiatrist Dr. Awais Aftab and has been published by the Psychiatric Times: “Aftab: Let’s start…
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Psychiatry & Its Discontents

This book comes from Prof. Andrew Scull. The publishers say: “Written by one of the world’s most distinguished historians of psychiatry, Psychiatry and Its Discontents provides a wide-ranging and critical perspective on the profession that dominates the treatment of mental illness. Andrew Scull…
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