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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.

British grandmother Jennifer Mills-Westley

Bulgarian who beheaded British grandmother in Tenerife supermarket jailed for 20 years

Deyan Deyanov committed the crime during an attack of paranoid schizophrenia, and was therefore not held criminally responsible

Job applicants with schizophrenia facing ‘discrimination’

Tens of thousands of people with schizophrenia are being denied the chance to work because of “severe discrimination”, a report has found.

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Italian scientists say they have located the part of the brain that can turn a latin lover into an insanely jealous person or even a stalker.

Therapist is blamed for patient's crime

A French psychiatrist has been convicted of manslaughter after her patient murdered an elderly man.

Editorial: We are failing sufferers of mental illness

Mental health must rise up the political agenda. Pledges must be matched with action

Henry on holiday in Ireland in 2002

Henry Cockburn: If I say I'm schizophrenic people reply, 'So you've got a split personality'

I am quite open about my illness and people generally are more interested than afraid of it. I remember that before I was diagnosed as a schizophrenic in my teens I did not know much about it.

There is still much to be done for our nation's mental health

It's too late for my friend, but hope is there for others. None of us should wait until the funeral of a loved one before we take this seriously

Anti-psychotic drugs can lead to 'startling' weight gain

Ignorance over dose levels means patients can put on a stone in just eight weeks, inquiry finds

Patient care of schizophrenics at 'all-time low', claim experts

Last year almost 49,000 patients were detained against their will under the Mental Health Act 2007, the highest level since the act was introduced five years ago. Black and Afro-Caribbean men are disproportionately represented among those who were detained.

The BBC chairman Chris Patten (left) has been commenting after last night's resignation of the BBC Director General George Entwistle (right)

Entwistle's pay-off is a boiling point for the BBC

But there are bigger things at stake than the £450,000 he took home

The government must be stopped from silencing people with mental illness

While there are some shining examples of good practice within the mental healthcare system, there is still a huge amount of work to be done.

Stigma of mental ill health is 'worse than the illness'

Sufferers are shunned, taunted and abused, claims an international study of the problem

Judge permits doctors to operate on woman who denies she has cancer

Doctors have been given permission to perform potentially life-saving cancer surgery on a woman who has a "delusional belief" she does not have the disease.

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