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Don't tell me my affair with a teacher was abusive – I'll be the judge of that | Bernadette Rooney

24th June 2013

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The Jeremy Forrest case has prompted 'expert opinion' that tells people how to feel about their own relationships with teachersMy affair with my 27-year-old English teacher started in the second week of my English A-level course, when I was 16 years old. He had driven a group of students back from a production of Macbeth and went a strangely convoluted route which involved dropping me off last, parking up the lane of the farm next door. There followed a memorably glorious snogging session. The affair lasted about nine months until he unceremoniously dropped me in favour of a gorgeous new ...

Betty Joseph obituary

23rd June 2013

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Psychoanalyst and former chair of the Melanie Klein Trust, she explored how patients develop defence systems to resist changeBetty Joseph, who has died aged 96, was one of the most influential psychoanalysts of her generation. Her particular contribution lay in exploring how patients mobilise systems of defence to resist change that threatens them with anxiety.For example, she described patients who could not face the painful recognition of feelings such as envy or hatred within themselves and dealt with such feelings by projection, attributing the feelings to people in their everyday lives. In the clinical situation the patient may experience the ...

Amy Winehouse was killed by bulimia, not drugs, says her brother

23rd June 2013

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Drink and drugs took their toll but eating disorder fatally weakened Amy, says Alex WinehouseAmy Winehouse, whose life was dogged by drug and alcohol abuse, was killed by an eating disorder rather than by her addictions, according to her brother.In his first full-length interview, Alex Winehouse, 33, the singer's older brother, told the Observer Magazine that his sister's long battle with bulimia "left her weaker, and more susceptible". He added: "She would have died eventually, the way she was going, but what really killed her was the bulimia."Winehouse, who won five Grammy awards for her breakthrough album, Back to Black, ...

Rewind radio: Joe Kinnear interview; Call Nick Clegg; The Truth About Mental Health – review

23rd June 2013

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Joe Kinnear brought football into further disrepute. And his interviewers didn't helpJoe Kinnear interview (talkSPORT) Call Nick Clegg (LBC Radio 97.3) The Truth About Mental Health (BBC World Service) | iPlayerMany people I know only listen to one radio station. Whether it's Radio 2 or Rinse FM, you can't get them to budge. A friend never flips from Radio 4. He's a fan of documentaries; when I suggest a few other places and podcasts he might try, he looks anxious and mutters something about not having the time. Someone else knows a woman who only listens to Radio 1; according ...

Gun control is not the answer to mass shootings. Mental health treatment is | Dottie Pacharis

22nd June 2013

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Recent tragedies in Newtown, Aurora and Tucson show it's not guns, but untreated mentally ill people with guns that's the issueMass murders are not committed by sane people. Only a small fraction of mentally ill people ever become violent, and then, usually, when they fail to get treatment. Individuals with a severe mental illness should not be allowed to purchase guns or have access to them. Combine guns and untreated mental illness: you have a tragedy waiting to happen.The tragic mass shootings in Newtown, Aurora, Tucson and Virginia Tech reportedly all involved untreated mental illness. After each such tragedy, I ...

Woman jailed after throwing newborn down rubbish chute

20th June 2013

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Jaymin Abdulrahman, 25, sentenced to 30 months in prison after being found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm to daughterA woman who threw her newborn baby down a tower block rubbish chute has been jailed for two-and-a-half years after she was found guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm.Jaymin Abdulrahman was cleared of attempted murder and causing grievous bodily harm with intent to her six-day-old daughter. The 25-year-old had denied all the charges.The baby, whose cannot be named for legal reasons, sustained skull fractures and brain injuries after she fell more than 12 metres (40ft) into a bin store at a ...

Police cells holding more than 9,000 mentally ill people a year

20th June 2013

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Prisons and health inspectors warn that those detained with mental disorders should be in hospital not police custodyMore than 9,000 mentally ill people a year are being detained in police custody despite official guidance that such powers should be used only in exceptional circumstances, watchdogs say.The official investigation of the watchdogs finds that some of those being detained are as young as 14. The majority in a 70-strong sample said they were held after either attempting suicide or self-harm, or indicating that they were thinking of doing so.The joint report by the police, prisons and health service inspectorates, published on ...

Anxiety or depression affects nearly one in five UK adults

19th June 2013

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Office for National Statistics says highest incidence of mild mental illness is in 50-54 age group and among womenNearly a fifth of adults in the UK experience anxiety or depression, according to the latest official figures.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said a higher proportion of women than men reported that they suffered from the conditions, with the highest indication of anxiety or depression occurring in the 50-54 age group.There was evidence of anxiety or depression in 19% of people aged 16 or over, with 21% of women reporting the symptoms and 16% of men.People who were divorced or separated ...

James Davies's top 10 psychiatry critiques

19th June 2013

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The author of Cracked selects a battery of books that challenge received wisdom about mental illness and how to treat itI wrote Cracked: Why Psychiatry Is Doing More Harm Than Good because of the huge gulf between what most people believe about psychiatric diagnoses and medications and what the evidence actually reveals. When I started working in the NHS I pretty much accepted the mainstream view – that psychiatric drugs work, that the categories of mental disorder have been established via solid scientific research, and that we are now on the cusp of understanding the biology of mental illness. It ...

Use of physical restraint on mental health patients at 'disturbing levels'

19th June 2013

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Mind says 39,883 incidents of physical restraint were recorded during 2011-12, with 3,000 in dangerous face-down positionNearly 40,000 incidents of physical restraint on mental health patients in England were recorded in one year, with more than 3,000 in the "dangerous" face-down position, according to figures released by a charity.Mind said data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act showed 39,883 recorded incidents of physical restraint in mental health trusts during 2011-12, resulting in at least 949 injuries to people with mental health problems. The charity said there was huge variation between trusts in the use of physical restraint.Surrey and Borders ...

Moors murderer Ian Brady 'carried pen as a weapon' in hospital

18th June 2013

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Tribunal hears that Brady, who wants to be transferred from hospital to a prison, has become almost nocturnalThe Moors murderer Ian Brady carried a pen to use as a weapon against other patients, who he feared might "jump him" at his secure psychiatric hospital, his mental health tribunal has heard.The 75-year-old has become "almost nocturnal" since having the pen confiscated, after staff feared he could lash out at others in Ashworth mental hospital in Merseyside.Brady hopes to prove his sanity so that he can be transferred from Ashworth to a prison. For the past 14 years he has been force-fed ...

Martin Green: Care homes should become community hubs | David Brindle

18th June 2013

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As private care homes face more scandals, the head of the English Community Care Association explains why they are throwing open their doorsHundreds of care homes across the UK will throw wide their doors on Friday in the first National Care Home Open Day, designed to help them to re-engage with local communities, from which they have grown increasingly isolated. There will be tea and cakes, naturally, and here and there a little dancing, but also activities and tours to demonstrate how the role of residential and nursing homes has changed dramatically in recent years.It is a change that Martin ...

Moors murderer Ian Brady appears in public at 'right-to-die' hearing

17th June 2013

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Brady wants to be allowed to move from psychiatric hospital to prison, where he hopes to starve himself to deathMoors murderer Ian Brady began a legal attempt to prove that he is sane in the hope that he will be discharged from the secure psychiatric hospital where he is incarcerated and sent to a high security jail so he can starve himself to death.The 75-year-old, who hasn't appeared in public since he was photographed on Saddleworth Moor in 1987, appeared at a mental health tribunal at Ashworth hospital in Merseyside, where he has been on hunger strike for 14 years, ...

Top 5 TV shows that deal with mental health | MaryLee Sudworth

17th June 2013

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A host of US shows portray mental health in fun, helpful and realistic ways. It's a good change from the 'straitjacket' daysMental illness is having quite the year on the small and big screens. The stereotypical images of straitjackets and Frankenstein-inspired psychiatric procedures have been replaced by very human portrayals of mental health problems. We laugh, cry and identify with these characters and their issues. The triumphant Silver Linings Playbook sent a message that those affected shouldn't hide from society and can work with their illness in a positive manner. And a wide variety of TV shows are tackling mental ...

Ian Brady in public plea for transfer from hospital and death in prison

17th June 2013

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Hunger-striking Moors murderer, 75, appears for first time in almost half a century, via video link from private hearingThe Moors murderer Ian Brady has appeared in public for the first time in almost 50 years as he begins his legal attempt to be released from psychiatric hospital and sent to a high-security prison.The hearing opened with proceedings relayed live by video link to rooms at Manchester Civil Justice Centre, where press and public were able to attend.The 75-year-old could be seen sitting with his lawyers. He was wearing dark glasses, and had a feeding tube coming out of his nose. ...

Ian Brady mental health tribunal - in tweets

17th June 2013

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Follow Helen Pidd's live coverage of the hearing of the Moors murderer, who has applied to be transferred from Ashworth high-security hospital to an ordinary prison so he can dieThe Moors murderer Ian Brady has applied to be transferred from Ashworth high-security psychiatric hospital in Maghull, Merseyside, to an ordinary prison in Scotland. The 75-year-old has been on hunger strike for more than a decade and is tube-fed. Prisoners in Scotland are not force-fed so the move would effectively allow Brady to starve himself to death, without intervention.Brady and the late Myra Hindley were jailed for the abduction and murder ...

Why are vulnerable women still being jailed?

16th June 2013

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Suicide case highlights dangers of unsafe prisons, say campaignersMelanie Beswick was 34 when she hanged herself in Surrey's Send prison in 2010. Her inquest was held last month.Married and working part-time as a financial assistant at Citizens Advice in Portsmouth, she had been left in debt over a slimming franchise. Over several months, she embezzled £19,000 from her employers. It was her first offence and she received a nine-month sentence. The judge said at the time: "This woman is a suicide risk and she is to be watched carefully."Melanie's death is one of 100 women's deaths in custody over the ...

Paul Morley: 'Why did my dad drive south to kill himself?'

15th June 2013

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Leslie Morley always seemed elusive, a southerner who could not adjust to life in the north, a man whose mental illness was never talked of. When he drove to Stroud and killed himself, it was hard to make sense of his death, says his sonOne June morning in 1977, Leslie Morley got into his car and drove away from the family home in Stockport. These days, CCTV cameras might have tracked his progress, observed any detours, stops for petrol or a bite to eat; back then all anyone could say for certain was that he had driven the 140 miles south ...

5:2 your life – the worry diet

15th June 2013

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'For those of you without an anxiety disorder, what it feels like is someone is inside your face, sandpapering your nerves'Dr Robert Leahy whistles doubtfully when I tell him about the 5:2 experiment. "Is it possible to stop, or drastically cut down, the amount I worry two days a week, while carrying on as normal the other five?" I ask."Good luck with that," he says.Still, Leahy says, he'll try to help. He's a New York-based cognitive behavioural therapist specialising in anxiety disorders. This is my first ever CBT session, although lots of people I know have had it. I like the idea ...

At last, the edifice of drugs prohibition is starting to crumble | Amanda Feilding

14th June 2013

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We are seeing a dramatic shift in favour of drug decriminalisation and unlocking the therapeutic potential of psychedelicsThe past two months have been an incredibly busy and productive time for global drug policy reform and scientific research into psychedelic drugs. Never in my 15 years as director of the Beckley Foundation have I seen such rapid progress in these complementary fields.Earlier this week, Imperial College and the foundation hosted a forum on psychedelic drugs research, which discussed the breakthroughs that have been made by our organisations' research programme and heard presentations from scientists from around the world. And in April, ...