Like any adult, my son wants to work, travel and socialise, and his Down syndrome won’t stop him. But can he live independently?
The inheritance of crime
Eugenic ideas about criminal genes have been repudiated for decades, but a new biological approach to crime is emerging
Did Rousseau have ADHD?
Rousseau’s non-linear style of thought, restless spirit and chaotic mood swings also made him one of history’s greats
Epigenetics has shown that there’s no such thing as a normal human body, so how did it get hijacked by the body police?
A circus of the senses
It makes letters colourised and numbers pulsate with cosmic time: a rare gift, or are we all on the synaesthetic spectrum?
About a boy
Movies and memoirs give us a romantic view of living with a child with Asperger’s but the reality is very different
Albert Einstein was a genius, but he wasn’t the only one – why has his name come to mean something superhuman?
Soccer broke my brain
I was 17 when concussion put me on the bench for good. Only now do we understand how sports injuries affect the mind
A mad world
A diagnosis of mental illness is more common than ever – did psychiatrists create the problem, or just recognise it?
An inconvenient child
My six-year-old son was suspended as a danger to others. His crime? A disability you could find in any classroom
The Geel question
For centuries, a little Belgian town has treated the mentally ill. Why are its medieval methods so successful?
Atheists and homosexuals were called perverts once. Why do we still see perversion where no harm is done?
Some people have neurological quirks that give them extraordinary perceptual powers. What can we learn from them?
An instant cure
The latest edition of the psychiatrists’ manual has decided that my personality disorder is not so bad after all