This article begins with two of my experiences of extreme inner states. It goes on make some observations about psychiatry, psychiatric training and wider culture.
Managers in the NHS nowadays assume that good health care consists of many boxes being ticked on an electronic patient note system.
In the past four years, since the Paris Climate Agreement, the idea of linear effects caused by a linear increase of greenhouse gases has pretty much gone. Climate science is now focused on run-away effects and sudden or exponential change – tipping points.
Back issues of Asylum magazine, from 2010-2018 are now freely available on the Asylum website as downloadable pdfs.
Asylum 26.3 includes a special feature onWhittingham Lives, an arts and heritage project honouring the histories of the people who lived and worked at Whittingham Asylum in Preston. The feature includes several reflections and outcomes from the project. The first of these outlines the Whittingham Lives project. Read more
I had a serious nervous breakdown and a diagnosis of clinical depression and PTSD following a near death experience in a road traffic accident a couple of years ago. Thankfully my brother escaped and we both survived. But unfortunately, I was trapped in the wreckage of the car for an hour and a half with a head injury and a fractured femur before being cut out of the mangled shell by the fire service and taken to the nearest hospital by helicopter. Read more