All in the Mind
Obsessions and compulsions06/27/15
Most people have strange, intrusive thoughts. They can be embarrassing or completely irrational, so we don’t often talk about them. But for some these thoughts are impossible to stop, and can lead to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Girls and autism
Most people tend to think of autism as a male disorder, the character in the film Rain Man often comes to mind. But emerging research shows that girls often have different symptoms which cause them to slip through the net.
There is a fundamental asymmetry between human beings' negative and positive emotions. For good evolutionary biological reasons our negative emotions are stronger, yet we experience positivity more often.
The mental disorder defence
Mental disorder as a defence in the court of law
Depression and #ReasonsToStayAlive
At 24, acclaimed novelist Matt Haig’s world suddenly fell apart—he could no longer see a reason to live. Haig’s memoir is an honest and inspiring account of how he emerged from severe depression and anxiety,and learned to live again.
The talking cure
We talk with a practitioner of what's called Existential Therapy—one of the tenets of which is that all human beings have an innate fear of death, and that coming to terms with this fear through therapy can lead to a more authentic life. We discuss...
The elephant in the room—men's mental health
More than 1.3 million men in Australia experience mental health problems but too few of them seek help because of the stigma that exists. We hear how early intervention is used in treatment; a young man's social enterprise to help others, and the...
On being mindful
Being Mindful in May—mindfulness as a treatment for depression, and why Google is encouraging it in the workplace
At the age of 12 Martin Pistorius developed a mysterious neurological illness.He fell into a coma and was unable to move or communicate. It was assumed he had no awareness but a couple of years later he began to wake up—yet no-one knew.He was trapped...
When people are deeply traumatised by war, disaster or abuse their reality is distinctly different to those around them—but treatment of the mind may come through the body.
The healing brain
The discovery that our brains can adapt their physical structure in response to mental experience was put in the spotlight several years ago by Dr. Norman Doidge. This adaptation has become known as neuroplasticity, and in his latest book Norman...
Dreams—the lucid experience
Have you ever had a dream in which you are aware that you are dreaming? These seemingly altered states of consciousness are called lucid dreams.
Dreams—windows to the mind
In the first of our two-part series on dreaming we explore the latest science about this altered state of consciousness.
The forces that shape us
The hidden forces that shape our thoughts, feelings and behaviour. What if your name could predict your future career, your culture could influence your judgement of distance, or the physical appearance of your chess opponent could determine whether...
The psychopath within
The intriguing story of the neuroscientist with the brain scan of a psychopathic killer, and can we stop 'callous and unemotional' kids from becoming adult psychopaths?
Willpower is the greatest human strength. Our capacity for self control is a finite energy and can be strengthened with exercise.
The narcissism epidemic
Are wein the midst of a narcissism epidemic? We explore the causes, symptoms and solutions to this growing trend of self obsession.
Mirrors of the mind
In the early 90s a team of neuroscientists reported a new class of brain cells in the the macaque monkey and the mirror neuron theory took off. It's been used to explain many aspects of what it is to be human, but has it been oversold?
Taming the black dog—new approaches to depression
From clinical hypnosis to transcranial direct current stimulation
Deep brain stimulation
Hear about a man who had deep brain stimulation surgery, and who was woken up in the middle of it to answer the surgeon's questions.
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