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Military over-reach and mental health

According to a new paper in the British Medical Journal, there is an association between duration of deployment and incidence of alcohol problems and post-traumatic stress disorder in British troops: Personnel who were deployed for 13 months or more in the past three years were more likely to fulfil the criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder…and…

Cannabis & psychosis

  This week’s issue of The Lancet contains the most comprehensive meta-analysis to date of the link between cannabis and psychosis: The evidence is consistent with the view that cannabis increases risk of psychotic outcomes independently of confounding and transient intoxication effects, although evidence for affective outcomes is less strong. The uncertainty about whether cannabis…

Iconoclastic psychotherapist dies

The New York Times has an obituary of Albert Ellis, a highly innovative psychotherapist who died yesterday at the age of 93.  In the 1950s, Ellis broke with tradition by rejecting the theories of Sigmund Freud, which were widely used at the time. As an alternative, Ellis developed a method called Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy…

The rise & fall of the prefrontal lobotomy

LOBOTOMY (from the Greek lobos, meaning lobes of the brain, and tomos, meaning cut) is a psychosurgical procedure in which the connections the prefrontal cortex and underlying structures are severed, or the frontal cortical tissue is destroyed, the theory being that this leads to the uncoupling of the brain’s emotional centres and the seat of…

15th Century Islamic psychosurgery

This beautiful illustration comes from a textbook called Cerrahiyetu’l Haniyye (Imperial Surgery) by Serefeddin Sabuncuoglo (1385-1470), who lived and practised medicine in Amasya in northern Anatolia. Sabuncuoglo’s book, which was published in 1465, is the first illustrated textbook of surgery. It contains several sections devoted to the treatment of psychiatric conditions. The illustration above depicts…

Psychoanalysis by email

Via email: International Psychoanalysis. Specially for Caledonian, who was disappointed that I didn’t explicitly state the unscientific nature of Sigmund Freud’s theories in my post about the psychology of Alfred Hitchcock.

The art of healing the mind

The Maze by William Kurelek (1927-1977); on display at the Novas Gallery in Southwark as part of an exhibition called Redefining Bedlam: The Art of Healing the Mind, which features more than 200 works by artists with mental illnesses, and runs until August 18th.  The Maze was painted just a few miles away from the…