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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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The European Union is mulling over phasing out one and two cent coins after it emerged that they cost more than their face value to mint

Keep the change, say Germans alarmed by European plan to scrap copper coins

Desperate to save pennies as the economic crisis continues to bite, the European Union is mulling over phasing out one and two cent coins after it emerged that they cost more than their face value to mint.

Senior moment: Jodie Williams hopes to reach the World Championships after being unbeaten in 149 junior races

Jodie Williams ready to start again after year of trials

As Britain's leading athletes were preparing at their pre-Olympic training camp in Portugal and the Opening Ceremony of the London Games was moments away from its lavish beginning, Jodie Williams was back at school.

The fifth Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders was published by the American Psychiatric Association this week

Doctors in dispute: What exactly is normal human behaviour?

The fifth edition of the psychiatrists’ bible, DSM V, reignites the row over the massive growth in mental disorders

'I think I've killed Colin - he was getting on my nerves': Gran who smothered terminally ill former partner escapes jail term

Joyce Evans should not have been left to provide his 'arduous care', says judge

Peter Dickson was found kneeling alongside his mother's lifeless body

Son jailed for 18 years at least for murdering mother after she threatened to disinherit him

A carpet fitter who smothered his frail mother to death after she threatened to write him out of her will has been jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 18 years.

Last night's viewing - The Fall, BBC2; The Flying Archaeologist, BBC4

"No one knows what's going on in someone else's mind and life would be intolerable if we did," murmurs Paul to his wife soothingly. Paul knows what he's talking about. He's a therapist and bereavement counsellor and, apparently, a loving father, currently a little preoccupied, like his wife, by his daughter's recurrent nightmares. In fact, the two of them are in her bed, the little girl having been resettled in the parental room after waking up screaming.

Reshma Begum at a hospital in Savar, Bangladesh

'I will not work in a garment factory again': surviving seamstress Reshma Begum tells of her 17-day ordeal in rubble of collapsed Dhaka building

Reshma Begum, the 19-year-old seamstress rescued from the Rana Plaza last week, said on Monday that she would never again work in another garment factory.

James Holmes has pleaded not guilty through insanity over the Batman cinema massacre in Aurora, Colorado, last year

James Holmes changes plea to not guilty through insanity over Batman cinema massacre in Aurora, Colorado that killed 12

The cinema shooter - at a premiere screening on the Dark Knight Rises - killed 12 and injured 70

Paperback review: The Cleaner of Chartres, By Salley Vickers

Fans of Salley Vickers's appealing mix of psychological acuity and religious appreciation will have few complaints here, because this novel traces territory familiar to previous works such as Miss Garnet's Angel or Mr Golightly's Holiday.

The Conversation: Jon Lee Anderson, foreign correspondent

Your father was a diplomat and you had lived in, by my count, seven different countries by the time you were an adult. Can you imagine a life without travel?

Football and Manchester United are in Sir Alex Ferguson's veins

Time for Sir Alex Ferguson to consider new goals - for the sake of his wellbeing

Stepping down from a job is a challenge for mere mortals - the loss of status, structure and income can have a grave psychological impact. For a football god it will be much harder.

James Holmes is likely to be moved to a psychiatric hospital

Accused Denver cinema shooter, James Holmes, will plead not guilty by reason of insanity

James Holmes, the former PhD-student accused of killing 12 people in Colorado when he opened fire in a cinema during a midnight screening of Batman, intends to plead not guilty by reason of insanity, his lawyers have said.

Mentally-ill patients were 'Tasered' more than 50 times in three years

Freedom of Information request reveals extent of stun-gun use by police in psychiatric wards

Google Doodle celebrates Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard 'the father of existentialism'

Kierkegaard's work encompasses, philosophy, psychology, literary criticism, fiction and theology

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Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

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Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

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