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Background: Recently the British government has issued a Draft Mental Health Bill, which offers a definition of mental disorder. Aims: This definition is analysed in logical and empirical terms. It is also contrasted with previous struggles in the professional literature to provide a cogent and...
Background: It is well documented that individuals experiencing first episode (FE) psychosis encounter significant delays in obtaining appropriate treatment, but why this occurs remains poorly understood. Aims: To examine the duration of untreated psychosis in a FE population, to describe...
Background: There is a tension between psychological and biological accounts of the cause of “mental illness”; this tension is evident in theoretical work, in research and professionals' dissemination of information to both patients and the public. It has been suggested that biological...
Background: The attitudes and beliefs of patients toward their treatment have been found to be an important factor in treatment outcome, particularly as it relates to treatment adherence. There are also suggestions that knowledge, attitudes and beliefs held by nurses about treatments may also be...
Objective: Drug therapy for bipolar disorder is not always effective and full recovery between episodes can be elusive, resulting in great morbidity. Treatment approaches for the acute and long-term management of this disease are constantly being revised as new drugs become available. We wished...
Background: Stigma is known to exist in mental health and is extensively researched. However, little is known about the effect of stigma on women who experience a severe postnatal illness. Aims: To consider whether or not women who are experiencing a severe postnatal illness and have been...
Background: Public health discussions of physical activity have tended to focus on physical health benefits rather than mental health benefits. Aim: This article provides a commentary on the potential benefits of physical activity on mental health. Method: This article reviews the documented...
Background: Within the National Health Service (NHS) there has been an increasing emphasis on the integration of mental health services within primary care. Research into the effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in primary care has produced positive results. Aim: The aim of this...
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