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10 Signs Your Psychotherapy Is Working (Even If It Doesn't Feel Like It)

<i>August 11, 2016</i><p><b>There is considerable controversy among patients about whether psychotherapy works at all. Even though studies confirm that cognitive</b> …

Depersonalisation disorder: the condition you’ve never heard of that affects millions

One in 50 of us is a victim, left feeling like a robot – and yet even doctors have to Google it. Now one sufferer is intent on helping millions out of their torment<p>Jane Charlton was not herself when she woke one day in April 2002, but it was more terrifying than any ordinary morning grogginess – …

Mental Health

Depression & Men

Depression and Men<p>About this leaflet<p>This leaflet is for:<p>any man who feels depressed<br>• anyone whose husband, partner, brother, father and male friend …

Depression and the fragility of the strong, silent male

Suicide is the single biggest cause of death among men under 50. That truth must be faced<p>On Thursday, the bruised and tearful face of former footballer and chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association, Clarke Carlisle, 35, appeared on the front page of the <i>Sun</i>. He was released from …

Mental Health

What I Wish People Knew about Depression

Someone recently asked me to write on what I wish people knew about depression, in light of Robin William’s suicide. Here’s my response.<p>I wish people …

10 of The Most Counter-Intuitive Psychology Findings Ever Published

One of the most annoying things you can say to a psychologist is: “Isn’t it all just common sense?”. No it’s not, as the list below demonstrates. But …

Boys and girls 'can't be friends without sexual innuendo', study finds

Boys and girls as young as 11 struggle to be "just friends" because they are subject to sexual teasing from their classmates, led by a societal pressure to "couple up", according to an in-depth study<p>Research by Professor Emma Renold at Cardiff University, in collaboration with the NSPCC, has …

High Heels

What’s it like to hear voices that aren’t there?

Traditionally, when a person says they can hear voices that don’t exist in external reality (not to be confused with inner speaking), psychiatry has …

When therapists have the hots for their clients

The fictional Dr Weston<br>(played by Gabriel Byrne) <br>experiences lust for a client<p>Clients go to psychotherapy seeking a mind massage, but all too often …

What happens when therapists dream about their clients?

We often dream about what we’ve been doing and who we’ve been with, so it should come as little surprise to discover many psychotherapists dream …

Privacy and suicide have a complex synergy. We must be allowed to talk openly of our demons

In our culture, those who suffer are often given subtle signals to shut up and leave the stage quietly. They call it dying with dignity<p>I won't speculate about the reasons for L'Wren Scott's suicide. There has been way too much prurient interest in this already. She was, it seems, a private person, …

Dreams of 'self-discovery' destroying marriage, claims psychologist

High divorce rates and low marital satisfaction are a direct result of partners' inability to meet 'psychological expectations'<p>Time was when a roof over your head, food on the table and occasional bouts of sexual activity were the hallmarks of a successful marriage. Not any more. According to a US …

‘I’ll have what she’s having’

Over 65 per cent of women are believed to have done it at least once in their lives. Magazines, TV shows and self-help books all talk about it. It …

Can film scripts help people understand anxiety?

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health conditions, now with its own arts festival. But can seeing various disorders played out in films such as Solaris and Walz With Bashir further our understanding?<p>Anxiety has always been woven into the fabric of film-making. From the nail-biting …

Young men and women have very different attitudes towards touch in cross-sex friendships

Friendships between heterosexual men and women can be tricky to navigate, especially when it comes to tactile contact. Is that touch on the arm a …

What does it feel like to be depressed?

We’re used to reading about depression as a checklist of symptoms. These lists have their uses, but arguably they miss the human story of what …

Faking it? It’s time to stop lying in bed

The news that men fake their orgasms too wouldn’t be such a surprise if we were all a bit more honest about sex<p>How often do you lie in bed? I’m not talking about your requisite eight hours’ sleep here, or a lazy Saturday morning – I’m talking between-the-sheets deception. The kind of deception that …

Two-thirds of Britons with depression get no treatment

If these figures related to cancer patients the nation would be in uproar, says new president of Royal College of Psychiatrists<p>Less than a third of people with common mental health problems get any treatment at all – a situation the nation would not tolerate if they had cancer, according to the …

Is it bad to bottle up your anger?

Feeling angry? Let it all out, punch a pillow, blow off steam, but don’t keep it in, right? As Claudia Hammond discovers the evidence is far more complicated.<p>How often have you heard the advice to not to keep any anger in for the sake your health? There’s a common notion that suppressing your anger …

Medicine

Talk therapy 'best for social phobia', study finds

<b>Talking therapy is more effective than pills in treating social anxiety disorder, a study has found.</b><p>Social phobia - one of the most common anxiety disorders - is a persistent fear of social situations.<p>A review of 101 clinical trials found talking therapies were more effective and more long lasting …

University College London

Movember founder: Men can end up 'mentally broken'

<b>Men have become used to growing interesting facial hair during November to raise funds for men's cancers. Now, the organisation behind the moustache-growing challenge is tackling another taboo - mental health.</b><p>Justin Coughlan, the Australian co-founder of Movember, which raised more than £20m in the …

Mental Health

Teenage anxiety: Tailored treatment needed

<b>A one-size-fits-all approach to treating teenagers with anxiety problems may be putting their futures at risk, a study suggests.</b><p>University of Reading psychologists say current childhood therapies are simply being adapted for teenagers.<p>But they argue that adolescents face distinct issues and call …

Mental Health

A meta-analysis of cognitive-behavioral therapy for adult depression: the winner takes it all?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is widely researched and recommended as an evidence-based treatment for adult depression, but despite the strength …

One in 10 women have been forced into sex against their will, Lancet study says

Sexual coercion is becoming normalised, warns researcher, urging early intervention at schools to curb stereotypes<p>One in 10 women in Britain say they have been forced into having sex against their will, the most comprehensive survey of Britons' sexual behaviour for decade reveals today, prompting a …

Who really pays for designer vaginas?

Increasing numbers of Australian women are asking their doctors for a designer vagina. So many, in fact, that the government is reviewing whether …

New Zealand

Stephen Fry: recent attempted suicide a 'close-run thing'

Writer, actor, and comedian Stephen Fry, who is also the president of Mind, said his latest attempt was a 'close-run thing'<p>Stephen Fry has revealed that he attempted suicide last year but was saved by his producer, who found him unconscious in a hotel room.<p>The actor, writer and presenter, who …

Older people are abusing alcohol more than the young

Big Lottery Fund invests £25m to tackle the drink problems among ageing baby-boomers<p>In her two-bedroom flat close to the centre of Brighton, Ann, 72, has not yet cleared out her late husband's clothes, but she's given away his wine. "My daughters have said they'll help, but they are busy people. …

Study shows that adolescents with symptoms of depression and suicidality are more at risk of unhealthy romantic relationships in adulthood.

Clinical depression is unfortunately relatively common in adolescence with a prevalence of about 5%. The rates of suicide per 100,000 are around 12.0 …

Chronic Marijuana Users 'Have Lower IQs and Brain Degradation'

Chronic marijuana users have lower IQs than those who do not use the drug and MRI scans show degradation of the brain, researchers have discovered.<p>A …