Mind

Trees save lives: why doctors are prescribing forest walks

The sense of wellbeing that walking in a wood provides is tangible. Strolling through dappled sunlight, the peppery smell of…

A brain therapy changed my life. It raises profound questions for the future

‘Transcranial magnetic stimulation’ — it sounds like something a nutty professor would develop in a science fiction movie. Yet this…

Is a boring job really bad for the brain? It’s not as clear as you think

A lack of stimulation can have a long-term negative effect on the brain, according to a study published in the…

A revolutionary moment for treating depression may be round the corner

Researchers have developed a blood test which can help doctors choose the best drug to treat patients with depression, according…

Charity workers are happier — is it because of doing good, or just feeling good?

A lengthy paper in the Journal of Economic Psychology (54 (2016) 64 – 84), lyrically titled ‘“… Do it with…

Could we be getting closer to solving the mystery of depression?

Researchers have identified a region of the brain that functions abnormally in people with depression, according to a new study…

Workaholics ‘more likely to suffer from ADHD, OCD and depression’

Spending long hours at work may raise your risk of suffering from ADHD, OCD, depression and anxiety, according to research…

Magic mushrooms ingredient ‘lifts untreatable depression’

Psilocybin, the active ingredient in ‘magic mushrooms’, can ease the symptoms of depression, according to a study carried out by…

Paracetamol ‘reduces your level of empathy’

Taking paracetamol makes us less empathetic towards others, according to a study carried out at Ohio State University. The results…

It is time to let the secret out: insomnia is perfectly treatable. Here’s how

A recent Spectator Health headline made two claims about insomnia. First, that insomnia was hell. It is indeed an absolutely…

Why do 80 per cent of intensive care patients suffer from delirium?

No one knows the exact causes but it’s a growing problem in every hospital

The power of napping… how a daytime doze can boost memory and beat pain

Some of our greatest statesman, ­philosophers, writers and artists were habitual ­nappers

‘Music is my therapy’: ADHD sufferer Will.i.am performs on television

Why successful people with ADHD refuse to take their medicine

Even high-profile psychiatrists with ADHD do not use the drugs they recommend for their patients

Repeat offender

I was just as impatient with my late husband… I’m a repeat offender

Thinking inside the witness box

The best expert witnesses are seldom the most eminent men in their field

A single gene is linked to several psychiatric diseases. A study may have worked out why

The death of newborn brain cells may be linked to five major psychiatric diseases, according to research carried out at…

Virtual reality worlds could soon be available on prescription

Strapping on a headset and playing a game may not sound like the best way to tackle depression. In normal…

The high-horse brigade can get stuffed. Joan Bakewell had a point

You can’t do an interview these days without someone trying to catch you out. This week it was the turn…