Category Archives: Psychology

What if social anxiety isn’t a disorder?

The BBC news website has a big article about social anxiety disorder, with specific reference to Christmas. It’s illustrated, of course, with one of those unintentionally hilarious photos that features editors love so much: a woman in a beige jacket … Continue reading

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Extreme OCD. Oh.

I try to avoid self-diagnosis, I really do. In my most recent post I tied myself in lexical knots in order not to suggest that I had received a diagnosis other than the one I received ~10 years ago now: … Continue reading

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Of depression: the different types, and there (probably) being an epidemic of neither

Depression is back in the news again, thanks to the recent revelation that 2012 saw the highest ever number of antidepressant prescriptions in England – more than 50 million, apparently. This had led to an orgy of ill-informed comment (most … Continue reading

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TV review: Don’t Call Me Crazy

Don’t Call Me Crazy is a documentary series on BBC3. You can watch all the episodes on the iPlayer until next Monday night – 15th July 2013 – if you’re in the UK. At the time of writing I’ve seen … Continue reading

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They don’t speak for us: the mental health establishment, “stigma” and, now, “casual stigma”

You know something? I really hate this preoccupation with the concept of “stigma” in relation to mental illness. It’s trivial, and middle class – “but, my dear, there’s simply nothing worse that a mental patient might have to face than … Continue reading

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The Mind awards aren’t just annoying and self-congratulatory. They’re actively harmful.

Warning: this post is angrier and swearier than most of my posts. If you’re bothered by that, don’t read any further. If you do read further and come across something you don’t like, don’t come whingeing to me about it. … Continue reading

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‘Overcoming Low Self-Esteem’? You’re unlikely to do it reading a self-help book.

I recently acquired a Kindle (gotta love Christmas, the time of the year when wealthy relatives feel unnecessarily guilty about not emailing all year and try to make up for it with consumer electronics).  As a result of this I … Continue reading

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