Media coverage of mental illness is biased and melodramatic. There are far fewer articles in the press about mental than physical illness, and they are much more likely to be negative.[1,2] Things are just as bad on social media like You Tube, but may be slightly better on Twitter.[3,4] Whilst … Continue reading
Media coverage of medicine is usually positive, often about advances in understanding or therapeutic breakthroughs. In contrast, psychiatry reportage tends to be negative. Some of this can be attributed to the stigmatisation of people with mental illness, but much of the criticism is aimed at psychiatrists and indeed the whole … Continue reading
If we had a clear idea about the causes of people stigmatising mental illness then it would probably help us to do something about it, and perhaps reduce prejudice and discrimination. Unfortunately, it is not that simple.
The many causes of stigma
Notions that people with mental illness are sometimes … Continue reading
People with a mental illness die on average about 10-15 years earlier than people without one. The evidence is probably strongest, as it often is, for schizophrenia – because that condition tends to get the most research funding. Ten years ago, Hennekens and colleagues showed that people with schizophrenia had … Continue reading
How do we know that any treatment for mental illness works?
The same as in the rest of Medicine – from the results of randomised controlled trials.
The simplest way to see if a treatment works is just to give it to some patients. An uncontrolled trial can … Continue reading
Mental illness and those who suffer from it and even those that treat it are stigmatised.
The ideas challenged in previous blogs – that mental illness does not exist , is trivial , that treatments don’t work , that people with mental illness are somehow to blame for their problems … Continue reading