For a long time, the mentally ill were dumb and mute in literature. Inarticulacy surrounded those lumped together as Bedlamites: Jane Eyre’s classic “madwoman” in the attic, for instance, served as little more than a plot device, a thing to fear and loathe that got in the way of a Gothic romance.
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Sunday 21 July 2013
It also makes us more ethical and less selfish, researchers say
Sunday 21 July 2013
British swimmers failed at London Games and if there are no role models the grass roots will suffer
Friday 19 July 2013
More than a third of patients had to wait more than six weeks to access memory tests after being referred by a GP
Wednesday 17 July 2013
The swamps to the east of New Orleans are an exciting place for a boy. Nine-year-old Terence "Skid" Beaumont is the youngest of four brothers. His father, Alrick, decided to build a shack here, prompted by a vision after a drunken bender. He was convinced he was set to make a killing from his property speculation, because New Orleans was bound to expand over the mire. That never happened and so the Beaumonts are stuck in the mud.
Tuesday 16 July 2013
Is the favourite suffering psychologically as he chases his 15th major? Not a bit of it, he tells Kevin Garside at Muirfield
Friday 12 July 2013
We carried a selection and you responded in kind - here are our favourite 25
Thursday 11 July 2013
Test breakthrough links man who confessed to the 1960s killing spree with the final victim
Chile president Sebastián Piñera sparks outrage by praising 'maturity' of rape victim aged 11 for keeping baby
Wednesday 10 July 2013
Psychologist criticises Sebastián Piñera, saying girl compared her baby to 'a doll' in TV interview
Tuesday 09 July 2013
Judge said it may have been a crazy scheme, ‘but it was a very real plan’
Emergency hotline should be set up for depressed footballers at risk of suicide, says PFA chairman Clarke Carlisle
Monday 08 July 2013
PFA and FA to hold urgent talks with Premier League and Football League to improve support for players suffering mental illness
Sunday 30 June 2013
It may be cheap, but getting your parents to look after your children may be storing up trouble, Roger Dobson discovers
Friday 28 June 2013
Art is set to collide with new-age therapies when the Mexican artist Pedro Reyes brings Sanatorium to the Whitechapel Gallery next week. His installation, ranging across five “treatment rooms”, will function as a clinic that offers a series of “self-discovery” sessions. Visitors temporarily become “patients” when they sign up for an activity, which will be administered by 30 quasi-instructors trained by Reyes.
Thursday 27 June 2013
Texas has marked a sombre moment in criminal justice, executing its 500th inmate since it resumed capital punishment in 1982.
Moors murderer Ian Brady breaks his silence after 47 years: 'I killed for the existential experience'
Wednesday 26 June 2013
75-year-old breaks 47-year silence as he tells mental health tribunal of mixing with criminals from Krays to Great Train Robbers and IRA terrorists
Tuesday 25 June 2013
Former BBC Breakfast presenter Sian Williams has revealed that she stopped watching the show because she became too critical.
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
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