Andreas Lubitz and mental illness

In the wake of the horrific crash of the Germanwings Flight 4U9525 which killed 150 people on 24 March there has been mounting speculation and anger about the mental state of the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, who was responsible for this act of mass murder.  The more that is discovered about …

ME: all in the body?

There’s been yet another news story that purports to ‘prove’ that myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME, otherwise known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) is a ‘real’ illness rather than being ‘all in the mind’.1  To quote from the story: The researchers, from Columbia University in New York, analysed hundreds of blood samples taken …

Private madness

On Private Madness is a collection of papers by the French psychoanalyst André Green. 1 In his introduction to the book, Green writes: Freud already knew that the boundaries between neurosis and normality are barely discernable.  Following him, we have learned that many persons who are well adapted to social and …

Going wrong?

It’s something of a paradox, but it would appear that there is quite a discrepancy between what people say they want in terms of talking therapies and what they actually (don’t) do about it.  There is plenty of research which strongly suggests that many people would consider some form of …