Ruby Wax on how to manage your mind; the neuroscience of stress, anxiety and depression

It's a rare person who hasn't experienced low mood, feelings of anxiety but for many of us it will become more than just the odd bad day or evening. Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide and women are more likely to be affected by depression and anxiety than men.

In a new series, Staying Sane: Healthy Minds in a Mad World, we'll be talking to innovative thinkers on how best to keep our minds healthy. But first in a special programme we look more closely at what happens when the mind plays up.

Dusana Dorjee is a cognitive neuroscientist at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University and author of Mind, Brain and the Path to Happiness. She talks about the latest neurological research into how stress affects the brain and the mind.

Thanks to advance in neuroscience, we now understand far more about how the pressures in today's world can impact upon our minds. So just how mad is our world? Ruby Wax and Madeleine Bunting join Jenni in the studio.

Nearly half a million people in the UK believe that they have work-related stress at a level that is making them ill. Jenni speaks to Sarah Mitchell who suffered repeated panic attacks at work and to occupational therapist Dr Almuth McDowall about why so many of us are suffering in silence.

Supporting a partner who has mental health issues can be a real challenge. We hear from Phil whose partner Cathy spent years in hospital battling psychotic depression and Kate whose partner Glen is still battling with his problems.

What to do if you're concerned about the state of mind of someone close to you? Dr Rina Dutta, consultant psychiatrist at King's College London talks about noticing changes that could point to mental illness.

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The Neuroscience of Depression and Anxiety

Dusana Dorjee is a cognitive neuroscientist at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University and author of Mind, Brain and the Path to Happiness.  She joins Jenni Murray to talk about the latest neurological research into how stress affects the brain and the mind.

 

Staying Sane: Healthy Minds in a Mad World

Thanks to advances in neuroscience, we now understand far more about how pressures in today’s world can impact upon our minds.  Ruby Wax knows better than most, having journeyed through deep depression to obtaining an MA from Oxford in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy. So just how mad is our world? And what are the ways to manage it when it comes to our mental health?  Ruby Wax and writer Madeleine Bunting join Jenni to discuss.

 

Sane New World, Taming the Mind by Ruby Wax is published by Hodder.

Workplace stress

Nearly half a million people in the UK believe that they have work-related stress at a level that is making them ill.  Undue pressures and demands at work because of workload, deadlines, the environment you work in or your colleagues can lead to critical levels of stress. And yet work-related stress is the elephant in the room in many workplaces. The charity Mind believes that stressed workers are suffering in silence and employers aren’t doing enough to tackle stress. A third of workers polled by the charity said that they would not be able to talk openly to their line manager if they felt stressed. 

From casual conversations, to psychological support, knowing how to deal with the everyday strains of your job is important. Jenni speaks to Sarah Mitchell who suffered repeated panic attacks at work and to occupational therapist Dr Almuth McDowell about why so many of us are suffering in silence.

Mental Health - Supporting a Partner

Supporting a partner who has mental health issues can be a real challenge.  We hear from Phil Wield whose partner Cathy spent years in hospital battling psychotic depression and Kate whose partner Glen is still battling with his problems. What’s it like living day to day with someone who is depressed - trying to juggle work, life and kids while remaining positive?  They’ll tell Jenni Murray about  the strain it can put on a relationship,  what’s helped them cope and how you can come out the other side.

When someone needs help

If you’re concerned about the state of mind of someone close to you, what are the signs that could identify someone experiencing clinical depression rather than a low mood, or unhappiness? What should you do to support them, and what are your options if someone won’t acknowledge they need help? Dr Rina Dutta is a consultant psychiatrist and academic at King’s College London, and will join Jenni Murray to talk about noticing changes that could point to mental illness.

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterJenni Murray
Interviewed GuestDusana Dorjee
Interviewed GuestRuby Wax
Interviewed GuestMadeleine Bunting
Interviewed GuestSarah Mitchell
Interviewed GuestAlmuth McDowall
Interviewed GuestRina Dutta

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