Psychiatry

Even psychiatrists don’t know how the drugs they prescribe work

24 July 2021 9:00 am

What is it like to go mad? Not so much developing depression or having a panic attack — which is…

A burnt-out case: the many lives of Dr Anthony Clare

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Those who best remember Dr Anthony Clare (1942-2007) for his broadcasting are firmly reminded by this biography that we didn’t…

The problem with pills: The Octopus Man, by Jasper Gibson, reviewed

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Having a breakdown? Try this pill, or that — or these? Built on the 1950s myth of a chemical imbalance…

Exposed: Our dangerous dependency on antidepressants

24 March 2018 9:00 am

We have become a nation of sad pill-poppers. The British, once Churchill’s ‘lion-hearted nation’, are now among the most depressed…

Why I now find listening to Beethoven nauseating

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Stephen Bernard has led an institutionalised life. Behind the doors of the church presbytery, at public school, on hospital wards…

Harry Farr, a soldier with the 1st Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment, was executed for cowardice, aged 25, in 1916 when he refused to fight, despite almost certainly suffering from shell shock

The shocks and shells of the Somme

30 April 2016 9:00 am

In the final months of 1914, medical officers on the Western Front began seeing a new kind of casualty. Soldiers…

The race from the Big C to the Big D

30 April 2016 9:00 am

The ‘journey’ — at least the one played out in public — begins with an announcement that you are incurable.…

Sebastian Faulks returns to the psychiatrist’s chair in Where My Heart Used to Beat

12 September 2015 9:00 am

There can hardly be two novelists less alike than Sebastian Faulks and Will Self, in style and in content. Faulks…

Why American psychoanalysts are an endangered species

25 April 2015 9:00 am

America’s psychoanalysts are becoming an endangered species