Total eclipse

Even with loving parents and caring therapists, a child can lose the fight to depression by Deanna Csomo McCool Aeon edited by O Society April 9, 2019 I stood at Anna’s bedside, marvelling over her porcelain complexion, thick blonde hair, and eyelashes so long they’d be the envy of a Maybelline model. The bleached white sheet tucked … Continue reading Total eclipse

Brains, genes, and chemical imbalances – how explanations of mental illness affect stigma

by Nick Haslam Conversation edited by O Society April 8, 2019 People who attribute mental illness to brain disease or genes tend to blame affected people less, but see them as more hopeless and dangerous.lauren rushing/Flickr Depression, schizophrenia, and other psychiatric conditions increasingly are linked to findings in the brain and in our genes. Many professionals believe … Continue reading Brains, genes, and chemical imbalances – how explanations of mental illness affect stigma

Psychiatry’s Incurable Hubris

The biology of mental illness is still a mystery, but practitioners don’t want to admit it. by Gary Greenburg Atlantic edited by O Society April 8, 2019 JULIEN PACAUD Mind Fixers: Psychiatry's Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness BY ANNE HARRINGTON NORTON   In 1886, Clark Bell, the editor of the journal of the … Continue reading Psychiatry’s Incurable Hubris

The New Psychoanalysis

In a retrograde moment like ours, the analytic ethic provides a strong source of resistance by Stephen Seligman Dissent Winter 2019 edited by O Society Mar 10, 2019 Psychoanalysis has fallen on hard times. Freud’s gender theories are trashed for their sexism, and his original instinct theories are regarded skeptically. Psychiatrists don’t study it, and the … Continue reading The New Psychoanalysis

Do antidepressants actually work?

Depression is a very complex disorder and we simply have no good evidence antidepressants help sufferers improve by Jacob Stegenga Aeon Mar 5, 2019 Your grief and guilt overwhelm you. You are so tired you cannot think straight. Your simple joys are lost in an invisible agony. You have pain in your head and back and stomach, … Continue reading Do antidepressants actually work?

How the body and mind talk to one another to understand the world

  by Sarah Garfinkel Aeon Feb 15, 2019 Have you ever been startled by someone suddenly talking to you when you thought you were alone? Even when they apologise for surprising you, your heart goes on pounding in your chest. You are very aware of this sensation. But what kind of experience is it, and what can … Continue reading How the body and mind talk to one another to understand the world

The humanities have much to teach our adversarial culture about empathy

by Alexander Bevilacqua Aeon Jan 15, 2019 Recently discovered prisoner writings on the wall of Lyon’s notorious Montluc prison from which résistant and historian Marc Bloch was taken and executed by the Nazis on the night of the 16 June 1944. A noted historian, Bloch wrote: ‘The task of the historian is understanding, not judging.’ Photo by … Continue reading The humanities have much to teach our adversarial culture about empathy