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Essay/Consciousness & Altered States

What lurks beneath

The grand drama of Freud’s ideas has obscured the reality: every school of psychology needs a theory of the unconscious

Antonio Melechi


Can writing an 11,000-page autobiographical thesis cure addiction?

16 minutes

Idea/Mental Health

The divine fire of Philip K Dick’s religious visions

Kyle Arnold

Essay/Psychiatry & Psychotherapy

Spiritual emergency

After decades of practising as a psychotherapist, I am convinced that our treatment of psychosis is thoroughly wrong-headed

James Carpenter


Psychiatry is due for a revolution in diagnosis and treatment through brain science

4 minutes

Idea/Mental Health

Violence stalks the American Dream like a badass cowboy

Jean Kim

Idea/Psychiatry & Psychotherapy

To heal trauma from childhood, relive the neglect and abuse

Pamela Garber

Essay/Medical Ethics

In praise of defiance

Labelling someone crazy and difficult is a way to resist justice and change – and psychiatrists are complicit

Carrie Arnold

Video/Psychiatry & Psychotherapy

China’s first depression support group helps where society and state fail

11 minutes

Essay/Illness & Disease

Cracking the skull open

Most of our organs can be treated as repairable machines. Why can’t we treat mental illness by simply fixing the brain?

Joe Herbert

Essay/Mental Health

The company you keep

Hallucinated voices can be helpful life guides, muses of creativity, and powerful agents for healing the fractured self

Shruti Ravindran

Video/Psychiatry & Psychotherapy

Have mental health diagnoses lost sight of the human beings they seek to treat?

3 minutes

Video/Meaning & the Good Life

How long does it take to recover from a tragedy?

3 minutes

Video/Psychiatry & Psychotherapy

How does it feel to have multiple voices in your mind all the time?

11 minutes


In 2009, a man arrived in an Irish town with a plan to disappear forever

19 minutes

Essay/Mental Health

Each scar is different

PTSD has come to signify the moral, social and political suffering of war. But not all suffering is a mental illness

Lynne Jones

Essay/Illness & Disease

Unravelling man

Bipolar disorder can rage through life like a hurricane. So why does the US healthcare system leave us to cope alone?

Kristin Ohlson

Essay/Health Policy & Economics

A mad world

A diagnosis of mental illness is more common than ever – did psychiatrists create the problem, or just recognise it?

Joseph Pierre

Video/Childhood & Adolescence

Skittish horses and troubled kids develop trust in an unlikely sanctuary

32 minutes

Essay/Film & Television

The reality show

Schizophrenics used to see demons and spirits. Now they talk about actors and hidden cameras – and make a lot of sense

Mike Jay

Essay/History of Ideas

Freudian slips

Verbal gaffes can profoundly challenge our sense of self, offering insight into our idiosyncrasies and desires

Jay Watts


Mad, or bad?

Even in the decade of dissent, Thomas Szasz stood alone when he attacked the idea of madness from the political right

Holly Case

Essay/Mind & Body

An instant cure

The latest edition of the psychiatrists’ manual has decided that my personality disorder is not so bad after all

Adrian Furnham

Essay/Consciousness & Altered States

The waterworks

Tears of sorrow, tears of joy, tears of incontinence or of ecstasy. Crying must mean something – but what?

Thomas Dixon

Essay/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

The id and the eco

Thinking about climate change makes people feel helpless and anxious – but that’s why we must talk about it openly

Rosemary Randall

Essay/Psychiatry & Psychotherapy

Couched in kindness

Jakucho Setouchi is a revered nun and famous novelist, yet few know how psychoanalysis shaped her spiritual life

Christopher Harding