New Approaches

This Is What a Psychiatric Ward Designed by Patients Looks Like

Kristin Hohenadel reports for Slate Magazine: “What would a psychiatric ward look like  if patients designed it ? That is the question behind “ Madlove: A Designer Asylum ” from British artist and activist James Leadbitter (aka “ the vacuum cleaner ”). Leadbitter—whose work has been exhibited at venues including the Tate Modern and…
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Narrative Medicine: The Use of History and Story in the Healing Process

This book has been written by Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona. Its contents are relevant to both mental and biophysical healthcare. The publishers say: “Seeks to restore the pivotal role of the patient’s own story in the healing processShows how conventional medicine tends…
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Just One Thing – with Michael Mosley – Eat Some Bacteria

This 14 minute BBC podcast features Dr. Michael Mosely. It explores the science behind probiotics and “How fermented foods might be the key to a healthy brain, body and mind.” The programme-makers say: “In this episode, Michael speaks to expert Kirsten…
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We’ve Got Depression All Wrong. It’s Trying to Save Us.

“New theories recognize depression as part of a biological survival strategy.” This article in Psychology Today has been written by Dr. Alison Escalante. It begins: “For generations, we have seen  depression  as an illness, an unnecessary deviation from normal functioning. It’s an…
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The Healing Power of Compassion with Dr Julian Abel

This podcast features Dr. Julian Abel in conversation with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee, who writes: “Today’s conversation is about one of my favourite topics – compassion. Compassion doesn’t just make us feel good but it can have powerful effects on our health…
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The case for funding psychedelics to treat mental health

“Scientists are developing psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, into a treatment for depression.” Reporting for Vox, Sigal Samuel writes : “… drugs like traditional antidepressants are, at best,  only a partial solution . While their effectiveness has been hotly contested over the past…
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