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Anorexia, the Impossible Subject

“Just try to explain to anyone the art of fasting,” says the title character in Kafka’s short story “A Hunger Artist.” “Anyone who has no feeling for it cannot be made to understand it.” The emaciated circus freak is right: refusing food at the expense of bodily function is not an easy addiction to …

Why I Deserved to Recover From Anorexia

I didn't deserve to be there.<p>It had been six months since I was diagnosed with anorexia and I found myself at the main entrance of an inpatient treatment facility. I was nervous, apprehensive, but above all, confused. My mother stood next to me, asking the right questions and trying not to suddenly …

Charlotte lost a 4 year battle with anorexia aged 17. Her dad, Steve, bravely shares her story

Feb 18, 2014, 09:47 AM<p>The dreadful pain and suffering of eating disorders is in the news again today. We have a father reading from his daughters …

One Woman's Tale Of Recovering From Anorexia

The What’s Underneath Project from style website Stylelikeu has a mission that’s not about fashion: Style is not what you wear; it's being …

New genetic study hopes to cure anorexia

When June Alexander was 11 years old, she felt so guilty about eating that she would leave her school lunch untouched.<p>While she was slowly wasting …

Are we using antidepressants to paper over the cracks of a fractured society?

Use of antidepressant drugs has become more common than ever before. Perhaps it's time that we looked at the wider causes of this trend<p>The chances are that you know someone who takes antidepressants. Or maybe you take them yourself. If so, you are in good company. More than 50m prescriptions for …

How Antidepressants Affect Selfhood, Teenage Sexuality, and Our Quest for Personal Identity

<i>“Great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them,”</i> Anaïs Nin famously wrote. But what if it doesn’t balance out? What if the emotional excess, believed to be essential to creativity, was of the negative and crippling kind? One …

Why we’re afraid of antidepressants – even when we take them

In the wake of Robin Williams's death, we have seen an incredible outpouring of compassion for those who suffer from depression. Suicide, so often met with accusations of selfishness, has instead been met with empathy – with an understanding that it's the result of unthinkable pain.<p>I want to feel …

Who Should Take Antidepressants?

A brain scan could help objectively identify who will benefit, and who won't.<p>Lexapro (Wikimedia)<p>Amid calls for more science in psychiatry, part of the $100 million the U.S. government is spending this year on the BRAIN Initiative will go toward "mapping the human brain" in the interest of more …

Serotonin map of brain could lead to better targeted antidepressants

Research that aims to map the activity of serotonin in the brain could revolutionise the use of antidepressants and behavioural therapy for people with mental illnesses.<p>The neurotransmitter serotonin has long been associated with mood, with drugs that boost the chemical in the brain helping to …

Depression

Serotonin brain map could revolutionize antidepressants

A map tracking the activity of serotonin in the human brain could revolutionize the targeted use of antidepressants and behavioral therapy for people suffering from mental illnesses.<p>Serotonin is a neurotransmitter and it is often regarded by scientists as the chemical responsible for maintaining …

A short history of mental illness in art

Art has led the way in seeing mental illness not as alien or contemptible but part of the human condition – even as a positive and useful experience. Modern art has even celebrated mental suffering as a creative adventure. This psychiatric modernism started with the “madness” of Vincent van Gogh …

Mental Health

Madeleine Kuderick’s top 10 books that explore mental health issues

I think books are parachutes in disguise. Once you read them, you can tiptoe out onto the ledge, open your mouth, and leap into the scariest, deepest, <i>I-can’t-even-see-the-bottom</i> kinds of conversations.<p>And the reason you can take that plunge is because it’s easier to talk about tough topics from the …

Mental Health

4 things leaders need to know about mental health

Contrary to common perception, mental illness is a problem that is neither new nor unique to the developed world.<p>What we call schizophrenia and …

Nick Clegg’s speech today on mental health

This is the full text of the speech Nick Clegg gave today at the Mental Health Conference that he co-hosted with Norman Lamb. You can see a video of …

10 Life Lessons Hitting Rock Bottom Has Taught Me

Throughout the course of my life, I can recall many rock bottom scenarios. My first break up. Years of a domestic violence situation from extended family. A brief marital separation. The deaths of loved ones. Extreme financial hardship, including repossession of our family home and at one point …

7 Tips to Overcome the Fear of Loneliness

Sometime or another we will experience a time when we are alone. Some people fear of being alone for various reasons. The first step is to become comfortable with yourself and having the self-confidence that you will be able to manage being alone. There is nothing wrong with being alone. If being …

See How Much the "Perfect" Female Body Has Changed Over 100 Years

To prove our point, we're taking a closer look at body ideals over the last 100 years—which shows that, as they say on <i>Project Runway</i>, "In fashion, one day you're in, and the next day you're out."<p>Disco! Jumpsuits! Bellbottoms! This decade was a raging party. But the party girl of the day was still …