Archives for September, 2014

Raj Persaud in conversation with Elizabeth Lunbeck discussing her new book – ‘The Americanization of Narcissism’ – DOWNLOADABLE PODCAST

Discussing her new book with psychiatrist Raj Persaud, Elizabeth Lunbeck explains ‘The Americanization of Narcissism’ published by Harvard University Press. This is an important tome because it critically tackles the way the modern age thinks of itself. Lunbeck identifies some key moments in the notion that this is a particularly narcissistic age. One seems to […]

EXACTLY HOW IRRATIONAL ARE DELUSIONS? Raj Persaud talks to Lisa Bortolotti

DOWNLOADABLE PODCAST Raj Persaud in conversation with Lisa Bortolotti – Professor of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham – discussing her latest book on delusions and irrationality Lisa Bortolotti is Professor of Philosophy at Birmingham University and her main research area is the philosophy of cognitive science. In her work she has focused so far […]

IS THERE SUCH A THING AS ‘FUNERAL MANIA’? Raj Persaud in conversation with Assistant Professor of Epidemiology Katherine Keyes DOWNLOADABLE PODCAST

Katherine Keyes is Associate Professor of Epidemiology Columbia University and with serveral colleagues had published a study in the American Journal of Psychiatry investigating what happens when people suffer one of the worst stresses of all – the unexpected death of a loved one. The Burden of Loss: Unexpected Death of a Loved One and […]

Raj Persaud in conversation with Professor Jeremy Holmes – can Tolstoy help us understand depression?

Jeremy Holmes is a psychiatrist and Professor of psychotherapy at the University of Exeter.  He is best known for his work in Attachment Theory and its applications to psychotherapy and psychiatry.  He also has written extensively on the relationship between literature and psychiatry,  most recently in his book The Therapeutic Imagination: Using literature to deepen […]

Raj Persaud in conversation with Oxford University Sociologist Aaron Reeves – how did the recession lead to 10,000 excess suicides DOWNLOADABLE PODCAST

Aaron Reeves is a post-doctoral researcher and an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Oxford. He is also a post-doctoral research fellow at Nuffield College and his research interests include: political economy of health, social protection, social and cultural exclusion, and quantitative sociology.   He is currently working with Dr. […]

Raj Persaud in conversation with Heidi Feldman Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University DOWNLOADABLE PODCAST

IN THIS PODCAST AVAILABLE BELOW Professor Heidi Feldman discusses her recent paper in the New England Journal of Medicine on ADHD Attention Deficit–Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents Heidi M. Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., and Michael I. Reiff, M.D. N Engl J Med 2014; 370:838-846February 27, 2014 ADHD is characterized by inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, or a […]


Despite playing the role of grumpy old man and attempting to discourage them from entering the field – do these young enthusiastic psychiatrists take the bait and run? Or do they argue with Raj that psychiatry has a lot going for it as a career choice for a young doctor? Check out this episode!

Raj Persaud in conversation with Ummni Khan – author of a new book entitled ‘Vicarious Kinks – S/M in the socio-legal imaginary’ DOWNLOADABLE PODCAST

FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO PRESS WEBSITE: Who decides where “normal” stops and “perverse” begins? In Vicarious Kinks, Ummni Khan looks at the mass of claims that film, feminism, the human sciences, and law make about sadomasochism and its practitioners, and the way those claims become the basis for the legal regulation of sadomasochist pornography and […]