Author Archives: Tony

Mental Health In Literature, Part 3

Our previous session discussed how literature and the media manipulated public opinion and shaped people’s beliefs and behaviours.

Today, we have a closer look at Fake News. The Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Spectrum and a book reflecting the counterculture movement and challenges the traditional values, institutionalisation and incarceration in the 1960s.

Can you guess what it is?

Continue reading

Mental Health In Literature, Part 2:

The previous article briefly discussed how the power of literature was a deadly weapon through newspapers, radio, and other media outlets, used in antisemitic propaganda by Adolf Hitler to dehumanise and vilify his enemies, primarily the Jews he called parasites. 

But also additional groups such as communists and non-Aryans, the word was used in Germany to describe a future genius race and then later labelled by philosophers as Social Darwinism to justify their despicable acts. [cited: Mein Kampf]

Continue reading

Obsessive Love

Obsessive love can be described as an intense and overwhelming feeling of love towards someone, which can lead to controlling behaviour and possessiveness. It often involves an unhealthy attachment to the other person and can have negative consequences for both the lover and the loved one.

Continue reading

Loneliness can have a significant impact on both your physical and mental health. 

Although health professionals often use the term mental health, physicians recognise that many psychological disorders have physical roots. And this is why loneliness can significantly affect both your physical and mental health.  In today’s fast-paced and connected world, it may seem counterintuitive to think loneliness is a prevalent issue. Loneliness is a serious problem that can significantly impact individuals. It is often referred to as the “loneliness epidemic” due to its increasing prevalence.

Continue reading

Bibliotherapy: A Book Club With A Difference

What is Bibliotherapy?

Bibliotherapy is a therapeutic approach that uses literature to support mental health and wellbeing. It involves the use of books, poems, and other written materials to help individuals understand and cope with their emotions, thoughts, and behaviours.

Bibliotherapy can be used in various settings, including schools, libraries, hospitals, and therapy sessions. Words and images in literature and poetry connect us to the past, showing that others have faced and overcome similar experiences. This brings comfort and reassurance that difficult times will eventually pass.

Continue reading

Introduction to mental health in literature

Mental health is an important and often misunderstood topic affecting millions worldwide. Raising awareness and promoting understanding of mental health issues is crucial to creating a more inclusive and supportive society.

In recent years, literature has emerged as a powerful tool for exploring and shedding light on mental health experiences. Through relatable characters and thought-provoking narratives, texts and their emergence into film enable nonmedical individuals to gain insights into various mental health conditions and foster compassion.

Continue reading

The impact of intrusive thoughts on your mental health

The continuous presence of intrusive thoughts can create a constant sense of unease and fear. They have the power to make you question your own morality and sanity. The toll they take on you is not only mental but physical as well.

The exhaustion caused by these persistent thoughts can affect your concentration, making it difficult to complete tasks or make decisions. Sleep disturbances may also occur due to the constant rumination induced by intrusive thoughts.

Continue reading

Maintain a healthy mind.

A healthy mind is essential for overall well-being. It enables us to cope with the challenges of everyday life and maintain a positive outlook. But what does it mean to have a healthy mind? 

It goes beyond just being free from mental illness; it encompasses having good mental health and emotional resilience. A healthy mind is characterised by clarity of thought, the ability to manage stress effectively, and the capacity to maintain balanced emotions.

Continue reading

Paranoid Schizophrenia: Learning and Managing this Condition

Paranoid schizophrenia is a complex and often debilitating mental illness that affects approximately 0.5% of the population.

Portrayed by a combination of hallucinations, delusions, and disorganised thinking, it can drastically impact a person’s ability to function in daily life.

In this article, we delve into the essential aspects of paranoid schizophrenia, including its symptoms, causes, and available treatments.

Continue reading

Understanding Agnosia: Exploring the Complexities of Perception Impairment.

In the world of neuroscience and psychology, there are intriguing conditions that challenge our fundamental understanding of perception.

One such condition is agnosia, which disrupts somebody’s ability to recognise or interpret sensory information. Agnosia usually affects only a single information pathway in the brain. If you have this condition, you can still think, speak, and interact with the world.

While it may sound like a relatively simple concept, delving into the complexities of agnosia reveals a rich tapestry of mental processes and brain functions at work.  In this article, we explore agnosia, unravelling its various forms and shedding light on what it truly means to grapple with this mysterious disorder.

Join us as we dig deeper into understanding how perception impairment can manifest in fascinating and perplexing ways.

Continue reading

Could Artificial Intelligence Treat Mental Health?

Mental illness is a growing concern across the world. With advancements in technology, could artificial intelligence (AI) provide a solution to this problem?

Artificial intelligence has already been used in various applications, from self-driving cars to virtual assistants. However, recently, artificial intelligence has gained interest in the mental health field.

This article will explore this concept further.

Continue reading

Procrastination And Getting Things Done

Procrastination is the act of delaying or postponing tasks or activities that need to be done. It is the tendency to put off important or demanding tasks in favour of more pleasurable or easier ones.  It is a common trait many people struggle with, and research suggests that about 20% of individuals can be classified as procrastinators.

Continue reading
1 2 3 10