The concrete abyss
We know solitary confinement annihilates the minds of its victims — but what does it do to the rest of us?
When soldiers kill in war, the secret shame and guilt they bring back home can destroy them
Bipolar disorder can rage through life like a hurricane. So why does the US healthcare system leave us to cope alone?
Catherine van Campen
The lost father
Finding my dad was an act of self-discovery: it took furtive phone calls, conjured siblings – and the power to transcend death
A mad world
A diagnosis of mental illness is more common than ever – did psychiatrists create the problem, or just recognise it?
The robots are coming
The invasion has already begun: the only question is when, not if, humanoid robots will work, play and war beside us
On Mars I learned that boredom has two sides – it can either rot the mind or rocket it to new places
The ugly truth
We all know our culture puts a premium on good looks – does that mean that the ugly are oppressed?
We no longer expect passion to last a lifetime, but some couples do stay in love to the end. What’s their secret?
J Christian Jensen
Bullying doctors are not just unpleasant, they are dangerous. Can we change the culture of intimidation in our hospitals?
The camping cure
Living outside changes you. When environmental illness left me too sick to stay in my high-rise, I turned to nature to heal
He to she
Transformation is sold as an instant miracle — but for transsexual people the journey is slow and painful