Tue, 30 June 2015
The Chimp Model is a Model for understanding and managing the functioning of the mind. The Model is not a hypothesis nor strict scientific fact but based on the neuroscience of the brain. The model is fun but meant to be taken seriously when it comes to applying it.
The model sees the brain as being divided into three teams. The first team is you, the Human (headed up by the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex). You are a conscious thinking analysing being that works with facts and truth and then makes deductions using logical thinking. The second team is the Chimp, an independent thinking brain that is not under your control. It works with feelings and impressions and then puts the ‘information’ together using emotional thinking. The third team is the Computer. This is really a brain that is at the disposal of the Human and Chimp to put information into for reference. It acts as a memory and can also act as an automatic thinking and acting machine that is programmed to take over if the Chimp or Human is asleep or if they allow it to run ahead of them with preformed decisions and beliefs that it can act with.
As the resident psychiatrist at GB cycling, Steve was described as a genius by Dave Brailsford. Working in several sports, he has an unparalleled reputation for giving people an edge – as well as the confidence to overcome defeat. As in his book The Chimp Paradox, Steve shows how to deal with fear and ‘become the person you want to be’. He explains how to visualise and break each challenge into small stages, focusing on the process rather than the outcome.
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Category:(6) PSYCHIATRY AT THE CUTTING EDGE Academic Psychiatrists and Psychologists discuss the latest research findings -- posted at: 3:13pm UTC
Tue, 30 June 2015
Dr Lena Palaniyappan qualified as a medical doctor from Stanley Medical College, Chennai, India along with a concurrent BA in Psychology. Since 2004 he has trained as a clinical psychiatrist, initially at the Maudsley Hospital, London and later at Nottingham where he obtained his M.Med.Sci. in Clinical Psychiatry. Between 2007 and 2009 he worked as an Academic Clinical Fellow (NIHR funded) at the Regional Affective Disorders Unit at Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Following a HEFCE funded clinical lecturer post during which he coordinated a MRC funded neuroimaging study in psychosis led by Prof. Liddle, he obtained a Wellcome Trust funded Clinical Research Fellowship in Translational Neuroimaging in Psychiatry.
He recently assumed the role of Associate Director of the Centre for Translational Neuroimaging in Mental Health. He is also a member of the editorial board for Frontiers in Neuropsychiatric Imaging and Stimulation. As a consultant psychiatrist, he works with young people who experience a psychotic episode for the first time in their lives.
My present clinical research aims to apply brain imaging to investigate symptom burden, treatment response and prognostic accuracy in major psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression.
To this end, my work focuses on understanding the intrinsically organized, large-scale brain networks in psychosis using structural, functional and electrophysiological imaging techniques. I am interested in the clinical application of neuroimaging observations made at an individual level (rather than group level) using advanced statistical approaches and mathematical models. I am also interested in developing hypothesis-driven neuromodulatory approaches that target resistant symptoms of depression and psychosis through the manipulation of dysfunctional brain networks (e.g. using magnetic stimulation and cognitive training approaches).
The major goal of my work is to understand the pathways that lead to poor long-term outcome in certain individuals with serious mental disorders.
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Category:(6) PSYCHIATRY AT THE CUTTING EDGE Academic Psychiatrists and Psychologists discuss the latest research findings -- posted at: 1:43pm UTC
Wed, 24 June 2015
Anna Ruddle and Sarah Dilks consider whether therapists should talk about themselves in therapy
Psychologists Anna Ruddle and Sarah Dilks discuss with Psychiatrist Dr Raj Persaud when therapists should talk about themselves, and whey they shouldn't.
FROM THE ORIGINAL PAPER PUBLISHED IN THE PSYCHOLOGIST
As psychologists, we are increasingly encouraged to work
as equal partners with people to overcome problems or facilitate
recovery, as defined by the individual. There is an emphasis
on the common human experience of all parties. So should we be
behaving differently with clients, opening up more, sharing our own
experiences of stress, anxiety and resilience? Or would this be
considered unprofessional and even risky?
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Category:(6) PSYCHIATRY AT THE CUTTING EDGE Academic Psychiatrists and Psychologists discuss the latest research findings -- posted at: 11:47pm UTC
Sat, 6 June 2015
What can Helen teach us about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? Interview with Helen Barbour by Dr Raj Persaud
In the new novel ‘The A To Z of Normal’ by Helen Barbour - Clare Thorpe's need for order and symmetry governs everything she owns - from tins and toiletries, to cushions and clothes. Yet she has always managed to hide the compulsions dominating her world. Until now. When long-distance boyfriend Tom proposes, her secret life begins to unravel. How can she share a future with the man she loves, if she can't even share her space? And when the only way forward brings a threat greater than any compulsive behaviour, do they have a future together at all? A poignant and humorous story of love, family, secrets...and military precision.
The book is available to order here:
Helen's blog 'The Reluctant Perfectionist' is available here:
'Clare loves her boyfriend, Tom. So why is she panic-stricken when he asks her to marry him? Because marriage means living together. And that means he will find out what she’s really like...
In The A-Z of Normal, Clare inhabits a world in which extreme order and ritual rule. She arranges her belongings with military precision. The simplest of acts have to be done in a particular manner with dizzying attention to detail. It’s no wonder that keeping her compulsive behaviour secret from those closest to her proves exhausting. She wants to change. She tries to change. As she searches for a ‘cure’, however, her life becomes ever more complicated and, at times, she appears bent on throwing away her happiness. The way she is going it seems less and less likely she will ever make things work with Tom.
Helen Barbour understands the nature of obsessive behaviour and writes about it brilliantly. She explores a tricky subject with sharpness and humour. I found myself willing Clare on, wishing she could free herself from the stranglehold of her destructive compulsions. The A-Z of Normal is a funny and poignant story. If ever anyone deserves their happy ending, it’s Clare.'
Maria Malone, Author and Ghostwriter (Cheryl Cole, Tony Hadley, Eamonn Holmes, Mica Paris), www.mariamalonebooks.com
‘I loved The A-Z of Normal, by Helen Barbour. The author uses an intelligent blend of both humour and poignancy to journey with the protagonist through something inherently challenging. It's an intriguing exploration and clever observation of a challenging and touching personal struggle that leaves the reader satisfied...and yet hungry for more by the end of the book. I hope there will be a sequel!’
‘The A to Z of Normal is a well-paced book which I found difficult to put down.
Clare is finding it difficult to overcome her Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) behaviour before she marries Tom. Her family, each occupied with issues in their own lives, know nothing of her struggle so are unable to offer her any help. She joins a group in the hope that others suffering from OCD can offer support and there she meets Michael who creates additional problems in her life.
This captivating story explores the difficulties faced by OCD sufferers in a sensitive and humorous way.’
You can listen to the interview with Helen Barbour via a free app on iTunes and google play store entitled 'Raj Persaud in conversation', which includes a lot of free information on the latest research findings in mental health, plus interviews with top experts from around the world. Download it free from these links
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Category:(3) EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCES of severe emotional turmoil -- posted at: 8:29am UTC
Thu, 4 June 2015
Raj Persaud talks to Timothy Verstynen about his new book on what Zombies can teach us about the brain, co-authored with Bradley Voytek
Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?