Entries by Danny Whittaker

Social Anxiety Disorder: The Illness of Missed Opportunities

Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is the third largest mental health care problem in the world today. So, what’s the difference between social anxiety disorder and plain old shyness? Are people really judging us, and staring at us, or is it just all in our heads? More to the point, why do we even care? What are the irrational thoughts that drive social anxiety? How does it come to affect people’s lives, and most importantly, what can we do to overcome it? All this and more in today’s episode with Dr. Emma Warnock-Parkes.

Schizophrenia: A Journey Inside the Shattered Mind

Professor Elyn Saks is an award winning academic and best selling author who lives with chronic schizophrenia. In today’s episode we explore what it’s like to have schizophrenia, the nature and content of delusions and hallucinations, Elyn’s experience as a patient in psychiatric hospitals, the stigma associated with the illness and whether the name of schizophrenia should be changed to something less stigmatizing.

Childhood Mental Health and Raising Confident Kids

Thought anxiety and depression were afflictions of the adult mind? Think again. In today’s episode Prof. Sam Cartwright-Hatton joins us to talk about depression and anxiety in preadolescent children, whether nurture or nature plays the biggest role in the development of childhood mental health, the seven confident thoughts that children need to grow up happy and confident, and much more.

OCD: The Serious Issue of a Ridiculed Illness

Prof. Paul Salkovskis helps us explore what it really means to have OCD, the various manifestations and corresponding behaviours, why OCD is an “affliction of the nice”, why the average sufferer waits 11 years before seeking treatment, why the media and general public think it’s okay to mock the condition, and why ultimately OCD is, in Paul’s words, an “unnecessary illness”.

Feeling Good With CBT

CBT pioneer and best-selling author David D. Burns joins us to discuss the origins and trajectory of his career, the chemical imbalance “myth”, his phenomenally successful self-help book “Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy”, the 10 cognitive distortions, his development of a new approach to cognitive therapy known as T.E.A.M therapy, and much more.

Psychosis, Susceptibility and Early Intervention

Prof. Alison Yung joins us to discuss psychosis. What is psychosis? How real are hallucinations and delusions? Are the likes of Fight Club and Mr Robot accurate depictions of psychotic episodes, or just Hollywood hyperbole? Who is most susceptible to this illness, and what can we do to intervene?

Depression and the Problems of Diagnosis

Prof. Chris Dowrick joins us to talk about depression. How do we define depression? Is depression the result of a “chemical imbalance”? Can you be genetically predisposed to it? Why are doctors so quick to prescribe medication? And is your GP even trained to spot depression? All this and more in this debut episode of the MOWE podcast.