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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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Raj Persaud
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 28 October 2004
Brain Scan

HOARDING

There is a dividing line between those of us who collect a lot of possessions and those that hoard obsessively and find it increasingly difficult to throw anything away. Hoarding is classed as a form of OCD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and it’s attracting renewed interest from psychologists and psychiatrists.

Many hoarders often suffer from it without realising they have a problem. Usually the condition goes unnoticed until the person faces eviction or action by a local health department. But those who are compulsive hoarders can become incapacitated and disabled by their lifestyle they become disorganised lives are isolated and socialising becomes a problem

Dr Raj Persaud visits the home of one hoarder, Sheree and speaks to Satwant Singh, a nurse consultant in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at Newham Primary Care Trust who specialises in treating hoarding.


BLACK MENTAL HEALTH

Every report which has looked at the unequal treatment of  Black British people within the mental health service has highlighted the problems their families face. The Government report, Inside Outside, is no exception. It reveals relatives often feel alienated and unable to talk to the professionals. Because of mistrust they rarely ask for help before it’s too late and then it’s more likely for the police to be called and the person suffering mental illness to be sectioned.

In the third part of our series following the fortunes of Paul Gray who was in and out of hospital for ten years, this week All In The Mind visited his sister, Nadine, and wife Monica.

Dr Raj Persaud then spoke to Dr Rosemarie Mallet of Brent Black African and Caribbean Mental Health Consortium.


INFERTILITY:
WE'D LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU


About 15% of couples who want to have a baby will end up seeking specialised help from a fertility clinic. There have been huge advances in assisted reproductive technology over the last twenty years. But there are still a significant number of couples who will find no discernible physical reason for their infertility.

Some professionals are now asking whether they need to delve into the mind to look for explanations. Lucy was 26 years old when she became pregnant but lost the baby. She immediately tried IVF, but gave up after 7 attempts and many years later she tried surrogacy. Then when she’d given up hope at the age of 39 she became pregnant and had a baby who was described as a “miracle” by her GP.


So how far do you think the mind can affect fertility?

Do doctors create a false distinction between the physical and the psyche?

We’d like to hear from you.
You can email us at:
allinthemind@bbc.co.uk

Next week we’ll be putting your points to Michael Pawson, a former chairman of the British Society of Psychosomatic Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Andrology

Additional Information

OCD Conference
OCD Action

Brent Black African and Caribbean Mental Health Consortium: Culturally sensitive advice is offered to black African and Caribbean people about all mental health issue. They also provide advocacy services.

Brent Black African and Caribbean Mental Health Consortium
Millenium Business Centre
3 Humber Road
London
NW2 6DW

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

Books
Inconceivable Conceptions - Psychological Aspects of Infertility and Reproductive Technology edited by Jane Haynes and Juliet Miller with an afterword by Germaine Greer, published by Brunner-Routledge.

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