Category Archives: Psychiatry

Reviews, research and updates from the field of Psychiatry

Challenges for global mental health

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Welcome back to another blog post. This one is different from my usual posts although I do stay within the topic of mental health. This blog post looks into the challenges of global mental health. I decided to make a video focusing on the challenges of several countries.

In the video I looked at the following countries mental health systems.

Germany
India
USA
Thailand
Pakistan
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Mexico
Nigeria
Japan
Russia
Italy
Brazil and many more other countries.

Unfortunately since I am examining how such mental health systems work within this video, the video is very long. However you can always choose to watch or listen to it in parts.

You can see the video below.

I was often intrigued as to what caused certain mental health scandals in some countries and I discuss them in some detail within the video. E.g. why a minister resigned in South Africa, what caused Japan to overhaul its mental health system, the use of restraints and other difficult topics around the world.

Within the video I also look at the World Health Organisation suicide ranking index for each country. Some countries have managed to decrease the overall amount of suicides, while for other countries this still remains a challenge.

As a note, the video gives a basic perception of global mental health, however I hope you enjoy it.  I hope to do another video listing more countries at a later date.

Top 10 mental health tips for the new year

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Happy New Year!! Welcome to another blog post from a mental health carer. This time I am going to write about what could help you for 2017.

I do not know if 2016 has been a good or bad year for you, but what better than to have a clean start for 2017.  On this blog post I will provide 10 basic mental health well-being tips that could be useful for a new years resolution.

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Timeline of Psychiatry

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Hello all and welcome to another blog post by Mental health carer Matthew Mckenzie.  I have decided this time to make another video on the timeline of psychiatry since this blog site sometimes examines the field of psychiatry and so on.

The video brings up major events in the field of psychiatry and some events in psychology, most if not all events did change the field of psychiatry, but unfortunately I could not include everything and I am sorry if I missed out a particular event.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the video.

Review on How Perspectives Influence Us

Welcome to another blog post from Matthew Mckenzie a carer from South London. I thought to do another lecture review from the course “Perspectives On Abnormal Psychology”. The course is taught by Drew Westen who is currently the professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry.

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Professor Drew Westen

Professor Drew received a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University, then went on to the University of Sussex (England), and also received a Doctor of Philosophy in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan.

I want to go through lecture 1 from this course which looks into How Perspectives Influence Us

Dr Drew Opens the lecture talking about Phrenology and how researchers “if you can call them that” were trying to find out the relationships between skull size, personalities and brain structures.

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Emotion Regulation And Mood Disorders

Welcome to another review post on lectures. This one is from the course on The Origins of the mind and I ll be trying to review lecture 18 called “Emotion Regulation And Mood Disorders”

The Course “Origins of the Human Mind” is taught by Dr. Stephen P. Hinshaw. Dr Stephen is the Professor of Psychology and Vice-Chair for Psychology for UC Berkeley. The course has 24 lectures all rich with information about the human mind, psychology and psychiatry.

Dr Stephen Hinshaw

Dr Stephen Hinshaw

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London Met Connect – event review #LMetConnect

Welcome to another blog post. You know? I like attending well-being days and health events, especially events to do with mental health. Well I was in luck, on Thursday the 23rd of October, I just managed to attend the London Metropolitan university “London Met Connect”, which was presented by the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities.

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The aim of the event was to get people thinking about mental health. The event gave attendees the opportunity to explore mental health and recovery from a number of perspectives, these including service user participation and local, nation and global initiatives.

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Review of Schizophrenic Disorders Lecture

Here is another lecture I came across which is quite suited to my blog. This lecture is from the course “Psychology of Human Behaviour” taught by Professor David W. Martin from North Carolina State University.

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The course has 36 lectures, but the one lecture that caught my eye is lecture number 10 called “Schizophrenic Disorders”. I felt this lecture is important for a carer as myself since I am looking after someone suffering from such a condition.

So lets delve into this lecture further.

Professor David starts off from the lecture that he is going through the various mental disorders from the DSM IV, which as we know has gone up to DSM V, which stands for “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders”. This manual is very helpful to psychiatrists and others interested in mental health, but the manual also has a difficult and controversial history, but we can explore that for another time.

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Where the Caring “Mind” comes in

After spending some time thinking of what else I can add to my carers blog site, I wondered what could be of interest to others visiting the site. As you may have already known, I am bound to review things, such as the events I visit, but what about other subject criteria?

I mean this blog is not just about the world of caring, its also a reflection of what I have been through and what I have experienced in the realm of mental health. I actually have another blog, which reviews audio lectures. Some of the lectures are to do with history, but the problem is this particular blog site is on caring and mental health, so I took a long hard look at the subjects which I wish to include in the blog.

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