“The expert and the patient”: a discourse analysis of the house of commons’ debates regarding the 2007 Mental Health Act

This research article , published in the Journal of Mental Health, has been co-authored by Tom Kent, Anne Cooke and Ian Marsh. The abstract says: “Background: The Mental Health Act 1983 was amended in 2007. This legislation appears to be predicated on…
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New Study Links Certain Words with Depression in Teens

“Being able to express oneself is the key to mental healthiness” From an article by Diana Bruk in BestLife: “They say communication is the key to any healthy relationship, whether it’s a romantic, familial, or platonic one. And historically, no one…
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This Book Will Change Your Mind About Mental Health

Written by Nathan Filer, this book was originally called “The Heartland: Finding and Losing Schizophrenia”. The Goodreads review says: “Schizophrenia: whether it’s the associations it conjures or the people it brings to mind, it is a word we all have a view…
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American happiness is plummeting. Could a few words change that?

“A psychologist claims that learning ‘untranslatable words’ from other cultures may be a key to being happy. I experimented on myself to see whether it’s true.” Sigal Samuel, writing in Vox magazine , says: “‘Happiness is a butterfly which, when pursued, is always just…
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“It’s Not Just a Chemical Imbalance”: discussion of an opinion piece in the NYT written by Kelli Mari

In this 40 minute podcast , Prof. Laurence Simon discusses an article – “It’s Not Just a Chemical Imbalance” – written by Kelli Maria Korducki in the New York Times. The podcast comes from his The Stories We Live By series, which is subtitled “Retelling our own life stories that are creative…
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On Psychiatric Diagnostic Categories from the Point of View of Humanistic-Experiential Psychotherapy

Robert Elliott, Professor of Counselling (University of Strathclyde), reflects on psychiatric diagnostic categories in a blog post from his  Robert’s EFT Scotland-California Blog: “… I taught in a clinical psychology doctoral course for almost 30 years, and also taught Abnormal Psychology on many occasions,…
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Guidelines on Language in Relation to Functional Psychiatric Diagnosis

The “Beyond Functional Psychiatric Diagnosis Committee” – from the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP), which is part of the British Psychological Society – have published guidelines giving alternatives to standard medical diagnostic language. For example: Not “mental illness”, but instead…
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