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Supporting vulnerable people

Supporting vulnerable people

This five minute video outlines how we can support colleagues, family and friends who may be feeling vulnerable in the present crisis and beyond. Jason Ramasami provided the illustrations to my commentary.

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Personality Disorders

Personality Disorders

Personality: what is it? A combination of how you THINK, FEEL and BEHAVE. “Personality refers to a distinctive assemblage of traits—characteristic patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving. It derives from a mix of inborn dispositions and inclinations along with...

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Sane New World by Ruby wax

Sane New World by Ruby wax

If you know about Tony Hancock, Spike Milligan, and John Cleese you may suspect that only a thin membrane separates great comedy from mental illness and that, frequently, it ruptures. Ruby Wax is another example, ‘My career ended with a bang’, she says, ‘When I ended...

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Attention seeking?

Attention seeking?

Here are three stories from my diaries of long ago. I’ve changed the names.  Simon had popped a packet of Paracetamol and a few mouthfuls of vodka when he realised that he didn’t really want to die and phoned for an ambulance. What was he thinking… what was going on...

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It’s in your genes but is it inevitable?

It’s in your genes but is it inevitable?

Siddhartha Mukherjee is a brilliant cancer doctor and author based in New York. The prevalence of schizophrenia in his family inspired him to research and write, The Gene, an intimate history[1]. It is a wonderful book, explaining the history, and the mystery, of...

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Is it worth it?

Is it worth it?

Wellbeing advice can seem so stupid when you are really low – why bother? Depression can keep people pinned to the mattress when others are jumping out of bed to face the day. Anxiety can lock you in the house when others are getting outside in the sunshine. And then...

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