Mental health
Mental health

Mental health

8 September 2011

Are you shy? Then you
have a mental disorder

The mad claim that 165million Europeans suffer from ‘mental illness’ confirms that normal emotional states are now seen as diseases.

13 June 2011

The unhelpful myth that we’re all a bit mad

The notion that everyone is in some way mentally ill distracts attention from those who really need help.

3 February 2011

There is no epidemic of childhood mental illness

The UK government’s new strategy for mental health is a patronising waste of money based on dodgy statistics.

18 January 2011

The therapist’s couch has replaced the pulpit

A new report on women’s mental health shows that religious groups now talk more about psychology than sinning.

29 July 2010

Why more and more people feel ‘mentally ill’

Yes, the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM is mad, labelling even shyness a disorder. But it didn’t create today’s therapy culture.

28 July 2009

The ever-expanding world of mental illness

Redefining everyday problems and personality quirks as psychiatric problems is bad news for us all - and democracy.

18 May 2009

The workplace is not a playground

The way the term ‘bullying’ has spread from schools to workplaces exposes today’s low view of workers.

3 February 2009

Treating life itself as a mental illness

The latest celebrity-fronted awareness campaign conflates everyday emotional turmoil with serious mental ill-health.

17 September 2008

Turning growing up into going mad

A new campaign to tackle ‘ignorance’ about mental health issues among the young pathologises being a teenager.

22 May 2008

A cruel and unusual ban

The smoking ban in psychiatric institutions means their patients are the only people in Britain forbidden from smoking ‘in their own homes’.