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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 21 October 2003
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TREATMENT-RESISTANT DEPRESSION

One in ten of the population are suffering from clinical depression at any one timeand one in five of all of us will get depression at some time in our lives.  But up to one in three sufferers don’t respond to treatment and even those that do frequently relapse back into depression after just a short time. For these people, Treatment – Resistant Depression is an enduring and debilitating disease.

Ruth Lang who works for the charity, Depression Alliance and suffers from this illness talks about her experiences.

Dr Raj Persaud discusses the issues with Professor Phil Richardson at the Tavistock Clinic in London, and Glyn Lewis, Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology at the University of Bristol.


MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT for AFRICANand CARIBBEAN PEOPLE

Last week the Government released disturbing figures confirming that Black people in Britain constitute 30% of the patient group in medium secure psychiatric services and 16% of high secure services. Throughout this series Dr Raj Persaud will be examining why African and Caribbean people are up to eighteen times more likely than white people to be diagnosed with a serious mental illness.

Paul Grey spent ten years in the mental health care system after being diagnosed with manic depression. He now runs a business and helps at Footprints UK, a voluntary organisation which gives help and advice to those suffering mental health problems. This week Paul took the difficult step of returning to his secondary school .

Dr Raj Persaud then discussed Paul's experiences with Simon Warren, senior research fellow at the Institute of Applied Social Studies at Birmingham University.


HAPPINESS and POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY

Among medical and psychological researchers happiness has always seemed a relatively trivial emotion to devote your career to when more pressing matters like schizophrenia or depression remain unsolved. But could it be that if we knew the secret of happiness then most mental health problems and negative emotions would automatically be solved?

Dr Raj Persaud talks to psychologist, Dr Martin Seligman about his new book called Authentic Happiness which teaches us that happiness can be cultivated by identifying and using many of the strengths and traits that we already possess, our 'signature strengths' – kindness, originality, humour, optimism and generosity.

Additional Information:

Depression Alliance
National Office
35 Westminster Bridge Road
London
SE1 7JB

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

Simon Warren is one of the authors of a report released last week, Race, Equality and Education in Birmingham.

Dr Martin E P Seligman works on learned helplessness, depression, optimism and pessimism, and positive psychology. He is currently Fox Leadership Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

You can take his ‘signature strengths test’ at Authentic Happiness

Authentic Happiness by Martin EP Seligman is published by Free Press, ISBN: 0-743-22297-0
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