“Psychiatry’s Ancient Origins” AND More on Best 5 Wednesday Reads

Hello and welcome to another edition of Best 5 Reads. Lets begin! 1) Psychiatry’s Ancient Origins When did psychiatry begin? Was it with the discovery of the unconscious? Or was it the discovery of neurotransmitters? As it turns out, healers have been treating mental disorders for thousands of years. Modern psychiatry reflects some, but not … More “Psychiatry’s Ancient Origins” AND More on Best 5 Wednesday Reads

“Genes Do Shape Behaviours But It’s Complicated” AND More on Best 5 Friday Reads

Hello and welcome to another edition of Best 5 Reads. Lets begin! 1) Wired that way: genes do shape behaviours but it’s complicated Many of our psychological traits are innate in origin. There is overwhelming evidence from twin, family and general population studies that all manner of personality traits, as well as things such as … More “Genes Do Shape Behaviours But It’s Complicated” AND More on Best 5 Friday Reads

“A History of Delusions” AND More on Best 5 Wednesday Reads

Hello and welcome to another edition of Best 5 Reads. Lets begin! 1) A History of Delusions A multipart podcast on BBC where an experimental psychologist Daniel Freeman explores cases of delusion. 2) Suicide is declining almost everywhere Globally, the rate has fallen by 38% from its peak in 1994. As a result, over 4m … More “A History of Delusions” AND More on Best 5 Wednesday Reads

What Does It Mean to be Called a ‘Monster’? AND More on Best 5 Friday Reads

Hello and welcome to another edition of Best 5 Reads. Lets begin! 1) What does it mean to be called a ‘monster’? On March 29 2016, the archivist Amy Proctor stood in a temperature-controlled strongroom in the London Metropolitan Archive and tried not to feel daunted by the task ahead of her. She was surrounded … More What Does It Mean to be Called a ‘Monster’? AND More on Best 5 Friday Reads

“Food, My Frenemy” AND More on Best 5 Monday Reads

Hello and welcome to another edition of Best 5 Reads. Lets begin! 1) Food, My Frenemy My struggle with a binge eating disorder began at age 12. What followed were years of shame, lies, weight fluctuations and, at one particularly desperate moment, maternity clothes. 2) A Space to Talk How can services meet the needs … More “Food, My Frenemy” AND More on Best 5 Monday Reads