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Quotes on madness

Seneca: “Null magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementia.” Diderot: “How near is madness to genius”. Lombroso: “Anyone who has had the rate fortune to live with men of genius, is soon struck with the facility with which they misinterpret the acts of others, believe themselves persecuted and find […]

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Mental Asylums 500 years ago

Evidence for medical institutions for people suffering form madness first appears in the Arabic Empire. These medieval institutions, called maristrans or bimaristans pre-dated asylums in Europe by more than 500 years. Although we tend to think of schizophrenia as the hallmark of western psychiatry’s diagnostic system, depression […]

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Sport and Psychiatric Drugs

One of the most challenging problem for mental health users is dealing with psychiatric drugs. Using any kind of drug for any kind of reason will inevitably bring with it the need to decide when, if ever, to stop taking the drug in question. Unfortunately many of […]

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Recovery of Dissociative Disorders

Some experts believe dissociative disorders are directly linked to trauma or abuse. Others suggest that they are a result of disruptions to the normal parent  child relationship. Still others believe they come from a disturbance in the stages of childhood development. There are studies showing that a […]

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Dreams and Trauma

Ribeiro argues that repetitive dreams of the trauma patient eliminate once and for all any suggestion that dreams are the result of random cortical activation. Rather recursive nightmares are an important symptom of post traumatic stress disorder, which is characterised by disturbed, hyper aroused REM sleep. Hillman […]

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The effects of Dissociative Disorders

Dissociation can affect perception, thinking , feeling, behaviour, body and memory. So the person with a dissociative disorder has to cope with many challenges in life. The impact of dissociation varies form person to person and my change over time. How well a person appears to be […]

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Is Precociousness a real predictor of success?

We assume great talent is manifested early on but precociousness is a far slipperier subject than we think. Consider the fortunes of pupils who attended New York’s Hunter College Elementary School for the intellectually gifted, as documented by the 1993 book “Genius Revisited”. Now grown up the […]

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Understanding Dissociative Disorders

Dissociative disorder occur when people have persistent and repeated episodes of dissociation. These usually cause distressing internal chaos and may interfere with work, school, social or home life. Five different forms of these disorders are defined in DSM-IV, the American diagnostic manual commonly used. They can be […]

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Hope and Mental Health

One of the key but neglected issues facing mental health service user is lack of hope. Anyone who has experienced serious mental distress knows what a difficult time it can be, especially the first time. It can be totally disorientating. You may go through all kinds of […]

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Managing conflict: the scapegoat and bearing the burden of sin

Scapegoating is described as a defence against psychological distress in groups. However this social process goes back to ancient times. The scapegoat is first introduced to the Israelites in Leviticus. The atonement ritual of scapegoat required two flawless goats: one to be slaughtered and one to be […]

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