Month: February 2017

Eating Disorders are an issue for all ages

Posted on 22 February 2017 by Anne-Marie Evans

Written by Anne-Marie Bollen and Alison Seymour. The term ‘eating disorders’ is a generic name for a range of clinically significant eating behaviours normally classified under the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) system (Palmer 2014). The DSM classification defines the most commonly known eating disorder categories as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.
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Perceptions of mental illness: The media and mental health

Posted on 21 February 2017 by Rachel Pass

This post first appeared on You wouldn’t blame someone with breast cancer or cystic fibrosis for their disease, would you? We know they are caused by impaired biological mechanisms. Lifestyle choices can exacerbate risk but there is less stigma associated with suffering from a ‘physical’ rather than mental illness.  With both types of illness
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Schizophrenia from abnormal memory genes

Posted on 17 February 2017 by Nicholas Clifton

For a disorder characterised by delusions, hallucinations and false beliefs, it may come as a surprise to know that schizophrenia is thought to originate from the abnormal processing of memories. In order for us to understand and respond appropriately to our surroundings, we continuously learn associations between the things we see, hear and feel, and
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