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ALL IN THE MIND
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Tuesday 21:00-21:30
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Dr Raj Persaud explores the limits and potential of the mind, revealing the latest research and bringing together experts and commentators from the worlds of psychiatry, psychology and mental health.
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Tuesday 5 Aug 2003
Brain Scan

BOUNDARIES OF SANITY AND MADNESS
What are the boundaries, if any, between madness and normality?  Dr Raj Persaud talks to Professor Richard Bentall psychologist and author of Madness Explained: Psychosis and Human Nature, who believes that his research shows that we are all mad to varying degrees and that the fear of madness may be a much bigger problem than madness itself. 

If psychiatric diagnoses are about as accurate as horoscopes as he claims, how do we decipher who is sane or not? Dr Peter McKenna, consultant psychiatrist at the Fulbourn Hospital in Cambridge and Peter Chadwick, lecturer in psychology, Birkbeck College and author of Schizophrenia: the Positive Perspective join in the debate.


UGANDA
The continent of Africa has borne the brunt of devastation caused by HIV and AIDS.  But Uganda is one sub-Saharan country which has bucked the trend. With the help of progressive social policies, the rate of transmission is decreasing.  However, the psychological scars of the AIDS curse are deep-rooted and whole communities are facing dramatic levels of depression and suicide in the aftermath.  Kati Whitaker has been visiting the rural communities of south western Uganda where a unique approach to dealing with depression is currently being piloted.


‘WHERE THERE IS NO PSYCHIATRIST’
Dr Raj Persaud also speaks to Dr Vikram Patel,Senior Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who has worked all over the world to bring psychiatry to remote places. 
Dr Vikram Patel’s book Where there is no Psychiatrist offers step-by-step guidance to health workers and social workers in developing countries where all too often mental illness is overlooked.

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Richard Bentall
Chair in Experimental Clinical Psychology at University of Manchester.
In 1989 received the British Psychological Society’s May Davidson Award for his contribution to the field of clinical psychology.

Madness Explained: Psychosis and Human Nature
Allen Lane ISBN 0713992492

Peter Chadwick

Schizophrenia: the Positive Perspective: In Search of Dignity for Schizophrenic People
Brunner-Routledge ISBN 0415142881

Dr Vikram Patel

Where There Is No Psychiatrist: A mental health care manual
Gaskell (RoyalCollege of Psychiatrists) ISBN 1901242757
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