issue: mental health



Friday 21 August 2015


The myth of England’s miserable kids

The Children’s Society’s latest report relies on nonsense measures and meaningless stats.

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Friday 11 July 2014


Saving normal in a world gone mad

One psychiatrist’s rebellion against the pathologisation of everyday life.

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Thursday 23 January 2014


The dangerous myth of today’s ‘toxic’ childhood

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Monday 9 December 2013


Review: The Book of Woe

In The Book of Woe: the DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry, psychoanalyst and journalist Gary Greenberg examines the history of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), revealing the “deeply flawed process by which mental disorders are invented and uninvented”.

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Monday 4 November 2013


Giving sibling rivalry a bad name

The anti-bullying industry has now turned its attentions to brothers and sisters.

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Tuesday 16 July 2013


The Determinist Myth of the Early Years

Whether based on attachment theory or neurobabble, the claim that human beings are set in stone by the age of three is groundless.

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Friday 7 June 2013


‘This manual is, frankly, a disaster for children’

Christopher Lane talks to spiked about the new edition of the bible of psychiatry – ‘a legal document facilitating the medication of millions’.

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Friday 10 May 2013


What’s worse than bullying? Anti-bullying intervention

Emily Bazelon’s new book makes a powerful, eloquent case against too much adult meddling in children’s spats and scraps.

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Monday 16 January 2012


Ignore these pedlars of panic - the kids are all right

Report after report tells us that children are sad, lost and in need of expert intervention. Real-world evidence suggests otherwise.

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Monday 29 December 2008


‘Autistic children are now seen as a burden’

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick, author of Defeating Autism, talks to Helene Guldberg about how raising a child with autism can be made infinitely harder – emotionally, financially and practically – by the charlatanic ‘war on autism’.

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Friday 18 January 2008


Humanity, thou art sick

Shyness is now ‘social phobia’, and dissent is ‘Oppositional Defiant Disorder’. How did everyday emotions come to be seen as illnesses?

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Tuesday 16 October 2007


The myth of stressed and depressed schoolkids

If we’re not careful, claims that young people can’t cope with the ‘intense pressure’ of exams could become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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Friday 20 October 2006


'There's no such thing as "stress"'

Angela Patmore has been branded a ‘heartless bitch’ for her attack on the stress management industry. Calm down and get a life, she tells her critics.

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Friday 26 May 2006


Stop celebrating Tourette’s

From TV documentaries to Big Brother, why has a neurological disorder become so fashionably fascinating?

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Friday 8 April 2005


All in the hormones?

Vivienne Parry, author of The Truth About Hormones, questions whether chemicals control our destinies.

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