Challenging the status quo: Rupert’s story

As a teenager, Rupert experienced a period of debilitating anxiety – but, now, as a young entrepreneur, he’s using his experience to create supportive, uplifting environments for all As a child, I was always very confident, excitable, and extroverted. I enjoyed acting in plays and was featured in several TV commercials. Despite getting very nervous … Read more

Mindfulness Intervention Curbs Opioid Misuse, Chronic Pain

A psychotherapeutic intervention that unites mindfulness training, “third wave” cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and positive psychology significantly reduces chronic pain and opioid misuse, new research suggests. In a randomized clinical trial, 250 adults with both opioid misuse and chronic pain received either the intervention, called mindfulness-oriented recovery enhancement (MORE), or supportive psychotherapy. Results showed the … Read more

7 unique, thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts

Treat your mum to something truly special this year, with our selection of thoughtful gifts With Mother’s Day just around the corner on 27 March, now’s the time to start thinking about how you want to treat your mum this year. Gift-giving is all about showing someone you care, and our pick of some of … Read more

The Sinister Return of Eugenics in the Age of Big Tech

From The New Statesman: “Adam Rutherford, [in Control: The Dark History and Troubling Present of Eugenics], writes that ‘though wildly popular across political divides…plenty of people vocally and publicly opposed the principles and the enactment of eugenics policies in the UK and abroad’. This may be so, but very few of the active opponents of … Read more

Spring clean your habits

We spring clean our homes and wardrobes, so why not our daily habits? Remove the unwanted actions and get some new ones with three easy steps Happiness is a formation of our habits. Or, at least, that’s according to positive psychology researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky, who has estimated that 40% of our happiness depends on the … Read more

A Challenge for Telemental Health

I was taught to think clinically first and legally second. There are moments when following every regulation is clearly detrimental to the well-being of both the patient and the medical community at large, and these challenges have been highlighted by issues with telemental health during the pandemic. A friend emailed me with a problem: He … Read more

How to procrastinate with purpose

It’s often easy to write off procrastination as laziness or complacency, but what’s really going on under the surface? To do the things you should do can be the hardest thing in the world – or the easiest. Isn’t it funny how sometimes we can just get on and do the things that matter, and … Read more

Illnesses or Loose Collections of Vaguely Described Problems?

On February 10, 2022, Joe Pierre MD, Chief Psychiatrist, VA West Los Angeles Healthcare Center, and Clinical Professor, UCLA, posted the following short entry on his Twitter stream: “Cancer is a normal and understandable reaction to environmental trauma.” This innocent-looking assertion is a glib and fallacious counter to those of us in the anti-psychiatry movement … Read more

Worth more than two hours

This year’s Eating Disorders Awareness Week campaign calls for more robust training for GPs. Here we chat to Beat to learn more Eating disorders are complex mental health conditions. On the surface they may seem to be about food and weight, but dig deeper and you’ll see there’s a lot more going on. As someone … Read more

Stress and Infertility — Is It a Proven Cause and Effect?

“Just relax, stop thinking about it and, more than likely, it will happen.” If ever there was a controversial subject in medicine, especially in reproduction, the relationship between stress and infertility would be high on the list. Who among us has not overheard or even personally shared with an infertility patient that they should try … Read more