Archives for March, 2009

WHY DO YOU DO THAT THING YOU DO?

HAS PSYCHIATRY NEGLECTED THE CRUCIAL ROLE OF MOTIVATION IN TREATMENT

FREUD WAS CONCERNED ABOUT WHY PATIENTS REPETITIVELY DID THINGS THEY LATER REGRETTED. HE THEN DELVED INTO THE UNCONSIOUS IN HIS ATTEMPT TO EXPLAIN THE MYSTERIOUS MOTIVATIONS THAT UNDERPINNED THE DIFFICULTIES PEOPLE LAND THEMSELVES IN. HAVE PSYCHIATRY AND PSYCHOLOGY NEGLECTED THE ROLE OF MOTIVATION IN OUR LIVES SINCE?

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ARE MOTHERS MORE PRONE TO DEPRESSION – AND IF SO – WHY?

POST NATAL DEPRESSION - IS THIS A MIS-DIAGNOSIS?

DEPRESSION IN WOMEN IS WIDELY THOUGHT TO BE MUCH MORE COMMON DURING THE PERIOD FOLLOWING CHILD BIRTH – BUT A NEW STUDY WITH STARTLING RESULTS RAISES SERIOUS QUESTIONS ABOUT WHETHER THIS VIEW IS BASED ON A SERIES OF FALSE PRESUMPTIONS

SHOULD ECSTASY BE DOWNGRADED?

ARE DRUGS DANGEROUS - OR IS IT THE PEOPLE WHO TAKE THEM WHERE WHERE THE RISK REALLY LIES?

CONTROVERSY ERUPTED RECENTLY WHEN THE MAIN BODY WHICH ADVISES THE GOVERNMENT RECOMMENDED A DOWNGRADING OF LEGAL CLASSIFICATION OF THE DRUG ECSTASY. A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE PANEL WAS FORCED TO APOLOGISE FOR DRAWING AN ANALOGY BETWEEN THE RISK OF TAKING ECSTASY AND THAT OF RIDING A HORSE. BUT IS THE WAY WE THINK ABOUT RISK WHEN IT COMES TO DRUGS FUNDAMENTALLY FLAWED? CONSULTANT PSYCHIATRIST RAJ PERSAUD CONSIDERS THE ISSUES IN THE LIGHT OF THE LATEST SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ON THE SUBJECT