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ALL IN THE MIND
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Tuesday 21:00-21:30
Rpt: Wed 16:30-17:00
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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PROF. RAJ PERSAUD
Raj Persaud
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Tuesday 14 October 2003
Brain Scan

MEMORY

Are our memories a true reflection of what has really happened to us.  An increasing amount of research shows how memory is vulnerable to suggestion.  In one case a fake picture of Bugs Bunny in Disneyland prompted people to remember shaking its hand as a child, although the character doesn’t belong in Disneyland.  If memory is so fallible what does it say about recovered memories?

Dr Raj Persaud discusses with Chris Brewin, Professor of Clinical Psychology at UCL and Richard McNally, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University whether it’s possible to repress memories of childhood trauma and whether these recovered memories can be trusted?


MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT for BLACK and AFRICAN PEOPLE

Throughout this series of All in the Mind Dr Raj Persaud will be examining why black and African people are up to eighteen times more likely than white people to diagnosed with a serious mental illness. Why are so many are sectioned under the Mental Health Act?

Paul Grey spent ten years in the mental health care system.  He was forcibly admitted to a mental hospital, heavily medicated and often put into isolation.  He now runs a building firm and helps at Footprints UK, a voluntary organisation which gives help and advice to those suffering mental health problems.  This week Paul returns to his psychiatric hospital and talks to the professionals who treated him - reporter Sara Parker - and shares with Dr Raj Persaud his thoughts and feelings about his experience, his treatment and the attitudes he has come across.

Dr Persaud Raj then speaks to Dr Trevor Turner, Consultant Psychiatrist about Paul’s experiences.

Additional information:

Chris Brewin
Professor of Clinical Psychology at the sub-department of Clinical Health Psychology, University College London

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder – Malady or Myth
Chris R. Brewin
Yale University Press
ISBN 0 300 09984 3

Richard McNally
Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology, Harvard University

Remembering Trauma
Richard J. McNally
The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
ISBN 0 674 01082 5

Dr Trevor Turner
Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director at East London and The City Mental Health Trust
Homerton Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Homerton University Hospital
Dr Turner also works at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London

Footprints UK provide information, support, training and advocacy services to black and minority ethnic communities who are users of mental health services, carers and professionals.  Footprints UK, Alpha Business Centre, unit 47, 60 South Grove, London E17 7NX

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