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Election Special: 2015 Manifestos and Mental Health, the Parties Compared.

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As the main parties publish their promises about how they would govern if handed power next month, mental health has emerged as a bigger talking point than in any previous election….

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Are Some People More Mindful Than Others?

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I once had a psychologist colleague who was extremely interested in the practice of Mindfulness. He bought all the books, deployed it in his clinical work and developed his own disciplined…

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Psychiatry is More Complex than Either its Proponents or its Critics Seem Able to Admit

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Jeffrey Lieberman is angry with the New York Times. The eminent psychiatrist (until recently president of American psychiatry’s professional body the APA) last week fired off an astonishing broadside against…

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Reading Oliver James on CBT

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The Daily Mail has run an interview with Oliver James, a media psychologist who recently made an appearance at a conference organised to challenge the dominance of CBT. In the Mail…

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Does Mental Illness Exist?

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The question that makes up the title of this post is one of the most controversial in the field of mental health. It has been in the air again recently…

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The Clinician’s Illusion: A Powerful Source of Bias Three Decades On.

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30 years ago, two statistically minded psychologists published a brief but elegant paper describing a phenomenon they called “the clinician’s illusion”. Patricia and Jacob Cohen were a highly distinguished academic…

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