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Mental Illness: A Global Economic issue

Mental illness is one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity worldwide and people with severe mental illnesses tend to die of preventable conditions 25 years earlier than persons without such diagnoses. Distressing symptoms can be exacerbated by the

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Posted in Psychiatry, Psychology, Socioeconomics

Why do we engage in Self Deception?

From time to time we find ourselves in unpleasant situations that we could have certainly done without. We may look around for something or someone to blame when infact it was simply our fault and no one elses. We often

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Posted in Psychology

Psychopathy: The Introduction

Sad, Mad or Bad? We hear of them in the media, see them in fictional portrayals and dish the label to the most depraved individuals, but who and what are Psychopaths? What do they do and why do they do

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Posted in Behavioural Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Psychology, Psychopathy

The Need for NHS Mental Health Reforms

It’s estimated 1 in 4 people experience a mental health issue at least once in their life and more than four 15-34 year olds commit suicide every day, you would think Western countries in particular would have sufficient resources available

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Posted in Psychology, Socioeconomics

Cognitive Dissonance: The Torments of Internal Conflict

Sometimes. we are faced with differing attitudes and perceptions towards a person or situation which can lead to significant mental distress, to the extent that our thoughts and behaviors become contradictory. In 1954, Social psychologist Leon Festinger devised the Cognitive Dissonance Theory. His book A

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Posted in Psychology, Theories

The Effects of Toxic Stress in Early Childhood on Brain Development

This is the first of multiple posts regarding this issue. For years I have been puzzled by some individual’s inability to comprehend or fathom the rationale behind antisocial behavior i.e. Substance abuse, Prostitution, Homicide etc. Within seconds judgements are passed on these

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Posted in Behavioural Neuroscience, Psychology