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Diagnosis, treatments and well-being, Mental health and society

Why mindfulness matters in medical education

Posted on 18 July 2017 by Dr Craig Hassed

This post is based on a paper that appears in the second issue of The British Student Doctor Journal, an imprint of Cardiff University Press. There are many challenges associated with being a young doctor. These include managing stress, burnout, and maintaining good mental health and a healthy approach to self-care. There are also other
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Adult mental health

Masculinity: A blessing and a burden?

Posted on 7 July 2017 by Robert Searle

It is often our personal experiences which influence our academic trajectory. Throughout my life to date, I have been told that I need to demonstrate certain behaviours, simply because I am male. These include not crying (“boys don’t cry”) and that I should not show any displays of emotion (“man up”) when faced with difficulty.
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Schizophrenia: from new brain cells to the immune system

Posted on 8 June 2017 by Niels Haan

We still don’t really know much about one of the most common psychiatric diseases – schizophrenia. However, my research, and that of many others, shows things such as neurogenesis (formation of new neurons) and the immune system are all involved in this challenging condition. Genetic risk for schizophrenia Schizophrenia is a complex disease, with symptoms
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Mental health and society

What price student mental health?

Posted on 9 May 2017 by Dr Ben Hannigan

In Wales prescription medicines are free. In England the situation is different, with each prescribed item now costing £8.60. Exemptions can be claimed, including by people aged 60 or over, under 16, or those between 16-18 and in full-time education. Exemptions also exist for people with certain medical conditions, for people on low incomes, for
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