Therapy culture

Stop this educational madness

It’s time to resist calls for more mental-health interventions in education.

Turning students into nervous wrecks

Why do we assume students are vulnerable? The vast majority aren’t.

26 September 2013

Who’s afraid of a Halloween costume?

The idea that the mentally ill are likely to be violent comes from the government far more than from stores selling fancy dress.

3 September 2013

Debateophobia: a fear of free and frank discussion

Branding one's political opponents as 'phobic' is a sly and illiberal tactic.

15 May 2013

Our brains aren’t
moulded by abuse

So, is mental distress caused by faulty genes or by past experiences of childhood abuse? Maybe it’s neither.

3 January 2013

Underestimating the resilience of youth

Officials obsessively focus on helping young people cope with unemployment, rather than overcome it.

10 July 2012

Blaming Big Pharma for society’s ills

GlaxoSmithKline may have deserved its $3 billion fine, but it doesn’t deserve the blame for therapy culture.

20 June 2012

Did Jimmy Carr cause the crisis?

The Times/Twittermob hounding of Carr is based on a dodgy belief that bad behaviour caused the recession.

2 February 2012

Turning workplace worries into maladies

New guidelines suggesting bosses watch out for mental-health problems end up medicalising normal emotions.