There seems be an attractive quality to things that are ostensibly unhealthy or dangerous.
Edgar Allen Poe, Sigmund Freud and cognitive scientists have all wrestled with the human tendency to behave in ways that are irrational and self-defeating.
Why psychoanalysis and children shouldn't mix.
Economists have used their monetary methodologies to work out how visiting a therapist affects labour income.
Successful therapy involves collaboration. Both therapist and client work at maintaining a positive relationship and need to continuously respond and adjust to the other.
Therapy works. But success has little to do with your therapist’s experience, gender, graduate degree, or even the school of therapy they practise.
Most mental illnesses begin before or during young adulthood, and a quarter of young Canadians have both a mood or anxiety disorder and a substance-abuse problem.
Today's students are at increasingly high risk for mental health diagnoses. Universities need to step up.
... and does it work?
Precision medicine matches patients with interventions, rather than just matching treatments to illnesses.
People with the same condition can respond differently to the same treatment. This is why personalised treatment is so important in all fields of medicine, including psychology.
People have diagnosed Donald Trump with all sorts of disorders — but is this ethical?
There's a fierce debate about whether it's ethical for mental health professionals to diagnose politicians they haven't personally examined.
Marine Staff Sgt Anthony Mannino uses art and music as part of therapeutic care for his traumatic brain injury.
Marvin Lynchard/US Department of Defence
Using creativity and artistic metaphor to tap unconscious memories helps release pent up trauma.
LSD causes euphoria, increased body temperature and hallucinations where some or all of the senses are distorted.
During the 1950s and 1960s, LSD was used more for psychotherapy than recreation. Between 1950 and 1965, many were treated with LSD for alcoholism, depression, schizophrenia, autism and homosexuality.
Bodies at war.
Body identity integrity disorder is a strange and very distressing condition. A shift towards treating it as a neuroscientific problem could be the key to a cure.
Avoiding or delaying diagnosis means people miss out on treatments that might have eased their suffering.
While it's important to increase the diagnosis of depression and find a treatment plan that suits the individual, simply writing more scripts for antidepressants isn't the answer.
Ketamine crystals could help depression, too.
Ketamine may be the latest recreational drug to find a new legal use.
Show me the evidence.
NICE recommends psychotherapy for treating schizophrenia and bipolar disorder,
despite a lack of high quality evidence to show that they're effective.
Some psychopathic traits can lead to success, at least in the short term.
Man in suit via www.shutterstock.com.
Despite the popular perception, most psychopaths aren't coldblooded or psychotic killers. Many live successfully among us, using their personality traits to get what they want.
The therapeutic relationship can be as important as the type of therapy. In this photo, occupational therapist Carly Rogers (second from left) talks to military veterans at the surf therapy program she founded, in Manhattan Beach, California.
While evidence suggests that the therapeutic relationship is a critical part of psychotherapy, the impact of the relationship often isn't studied in clinical trials for trauma survivors with PTSD.
Melancholia may be a distinct type of depression, with its own clinical signs and symptoms.
Melancholia has a strong genetic contribution, so it's largely biologically underpinned rather than caused by social factors (stressors) or psychological factors, such as personality style.
A NSW programme in which prisoners train stray dogs as part of their rehabilitation is one of a number of innovations adopted in recent years.
Approaches to crime that rely on punitive methods have proved to be ineffective and counter-productive. Rehabilitation programmes not only prevent crime, but are cost-effective and practical.
Sometimes, the walls of the therapy room may simply be getting in the way of recovery.
Psychotherapy and psychological treatment are typically private processes, bound by the unique relationship between client and therapist, and by strict rules of confidentiality. But there’s a growing realisation…
Many cultures believe that dreams tell the future, and the messages in our dreams are warnings.
Research shows that everyone, even those who claim they never dream, actually do. But few of us can make any sense of our dreams. My colleagues and I have been working on a way to try to make sense of…