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‘Slomo’ –

Dr John Kitchin was a psychiatrist for most of his life until he achieved enlightenment and moved to the beach:

“…but now I experience myself as the tip of a great iceberg of consciousness”.


Computer maps 21 distinct emotional expressions — even ‘happily disgusted’

Big brother will soon be able to empathise with you:

Researchers have found a way for computers to recognize 21 distinct facial expressions — even expressions for complex or seemingly contradictory emotions such as “happily disgusted” or “sadly angry.” The study more than triples the number of documented facial expressions that researchers can now use for cognitive analysis.

Choosing Psychotherapy Today: One Size No Longer Fits All – Huffington Post

The Huffington Post has a useful article about the different types of psychotherapeutic treatments available today and a guide to choosing the one right for you:

So if you’re thinking that psychotherapy might help you, get some referrals from people you trust, such as your doctor, or friends and family members who have had good therapy experiences. Then make an appointment for a consultation, which is a chance to tell the therapist about the issues with which you’d like help, to find our what the therapist recommends, and to see if it’s a good fit. You might want to meet with more than one therapist to find the person and therapy approach that seems best for you.

US study shows that 4 in 10 infants lack strong parental attachments

A recent US base study found that 4 in 10 children have not formed a secure attachment to a parent. This should be shocking, but sadly it isn’t. I wonder what the finding would be in the UK>

In a study of 14,000 U.S. children, 40 percent lack strong emotional bonds – what psychologists call “secure attachment” – with their parents that are crucial to success later in life, according to a new report. The researchers found that these children are more likely to face educational and behavioral problems.

Mind matters: the mental health taboo at universities – The Guardian

In The Guardian Mind matters section there is an article about the experiences of students at UK universities which reveals that the topic of mental health is still socially taboo at universities:

“I was depressed and paranoid”, “I was anxious and out of control”, “I had severe depression, I couldn’t get out of bed and had difficulty speaking to large groups of people”.

These are the experiences of a group of students struggling with their mental health while at university, and they’re not alone. A National Union of Students (NUS) study conducted in May 2013 shows that one in five students consider themselves to have a mental health problem.

So why aren’t we talking about this more?

YoungMinds- Jo Brand recommends HeadMeds

Jo Brand guest blogs on the YoungMinds website in support of the charity’s new website providing information on psychiatric medications to young people.


 is a website designed especially for young people about mental health medication, just like the Frank website about drugs, it will provide young people with accessible and useful information about mental health medication during a time which is  often confusing , frightening and isolating for them.

I know that having to take medication, because it’s something they are not used to, can be a strange experience for many young people. I used to be a mental health nurse and I saw quite a few young people feeling bewildered when having to take on the wholly unfamiliar experience of taking medication and the side effects they sometimes experienced.

Scientists pinpoint why we miss subtle visual changes, and why it keeps us sane

Perception is subjective, and a good thing too:

Ever notice how Harry Potter’s T-shirt abruptly changes from a crewneck to a henley shirt in ‘The Order of the Phoenix,’ or how in ‘Pretty Woman,’ Julia Roberts’ croissant inexplicably morphs into a pancake? Don’t worry if you missed those continuity bloopers. Vision scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered an upside to the brain mechanism that can blind us to subtle changes in movies and in the real world.–spw032714.php