Mental Health

Millions of patients are being given medication they do not need because doctors are overdiagnosing depression, one expert has claimed.
A pilot scheme being tested in ten parts of England will see mental health nurses placed in police stations and courts to help identify and provide help for offenders with psychological issues.
Traditionally, when a person says they can hear voices that don't exist in external reality, psychiatry has treated this as a sign of mental illness.
A man who was held prisoner for campaigning for human rights during the Cold War has revealed how chess helped to keep him sane. Natan Sharansky was sent to prison by the Soviet Union in 1977 on a fake charge of spying for the US and spent nine years locked up in Siberia.
People who experience bullying could go on to develop psychosis years later - and it is not just the victims who are affected, a new
Although many people will be looking forward to getting together with friends, family and workmates over the festive season, this sudden increase in socialising could prove debilitating and overwhelming for sufferers of social anxiety disorder.
A growing number of university students are seeking the help of counselling services, new research has discovered.
People who sing in choirs could enjoy a boost to their psychological wellbeing. This is the conclusion of a new study from Oxford Brookes University, which collected 375 online surveys from participants who were members of such groups, sang alone or were part of a sports team.
The We Need to Talk coalition, of which the Society is a key member, is calling for the NHS in England to offer a full range of evidence-based psychological therapies to all who need them within 28 days of requesting a referral.
The latest version of the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) controversial diagnostic code - "the DSM-5" - continues the check-list approach used in previous editions.
Adult mental health services for people with more severe problems are considered by many to be showing signs of strain and even crisis. As a response to this our Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) launches a report covering service provision for people who have proved an engagement challenge for more traditional services.
Counselling psychologist Annette Greenwood and her team from St Andrew's Healthcare, Northampton, were shortlisted in the Excellence in Supporting Staff Health and Wellbeing at this year’s Nursing Times Awards. Our photograph shows her meeting the Prince of Wales at the award ceremony on 30 October.
A new report has demonstrated the extent to which people with schizophrenia are still being stigmatised by the general population.
Soldiers who have experienced active service may be less likely to suffer from depression if they receive cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
Four in ten people with schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders are left-handed, according to a new study carried out at Yale University in the US.
The wealth of mental health expertise and knowledge in communities throughout the UK needs to be better nurtured.
Has the government’s unprecedented investment yielded significant dividends – and if so for whom? Some of the answers to these questions will be provided by BPS Fellow Professor Michael Barkham at this year’s New Savoy Partnership conference.
In 2010 more people died by suicide than were killed in war, by murder, or in natural disasters.
Chronic stress and poverty experienced in childhood can harm an adult's capacity to regulate emotions, new research has suggested.
Teacher-led group therapy sessions can be helpful in preventing mental health issues in teenagers, new research has suggested.
Children and young people who experience racism may endure poor mental health, depression and anxiety as a consequence, new research has indicated.
More research is needed regarding the mental health problems experienced by children in the UK.
Ill-judged commentary on poor mental health often makes it sound like biological causes are somehow more fundamental and important than social or psychological factors. This is the allure of reductionism.
At a time when one in seven people in Scotland are prescribed antidepressants, an NHS clinical psychologist has called for a rethink in the way mental health issues are dealt with in the country, ahead of the introduction of the Scottish governmen
A parliamentary debate on access to psychological therapies took place in Westminster Hall this morning. It was called by James Morris, Conservative MP for Halesowen and Rowley Regis and the new chair of the all-party parliamentary group on mental health.
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