Mental Health

Why sleep could be the key to tackling mental illness

We are only beginning to unravel the genetic and biochemical basis of mental illness – a vague term including conditions as diverse as anxiety, depression, and mood and psychotic disorders. With millions of people suffering from such conditions, it is crucial that we find ways to improve diagnosis and treatment. But an increasing body of scientific evidence is now suggesting that we should turn our attention to one of our most basic functions: sleep.

What it's like to shift between periods of mania and depression

When it comes to diagnosing and treating bipolar disorder in children, there have been concerns that feelings such as anger, anxiety and shyness may be pathologised, when they should be seen as part of a child’s normal, yet idiosyncratic developmental trajectory

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How Topshop's scar tattoos could help self-harmers

Two of the main triggers for self-destructive behaviour involve a desire to feel something, and to in some way brand the skin. Temporary tattoos actually have the capacity to solve both of these issues – the sensory experience of using cold water to transfer the tattoo to yourself, and the visual experience of having a tangible, but ultimately harmless, mark on your skin