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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 4 November 2003
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INFERTILITY

About 15% of couples who want to have a baby will end up seeking specialised help from a fertility clinic. Infertile couples often feel under great pressure to seek a medical solution but the psychological aspects of infertility diagnosis and treatment can be easily overlooked by modern high technology medicine.

When there is no discernible physical reason for infertility, has modern medicine failed to look at the mind for an explanation?

Last week we heard from Lucy who 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.

As promised in last week’s programme we put some of your points to Michael Pawson, a former chairman of the British Society of Psychosomatic Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Andrology.


BLACK MENTAL HEALTH

Continuing our series of features following Paul Gray’s personal experiences of mental health we joined him in church – a Pentecostal Church in North London. Like a report from the World Heath Organisation Paul also believes that patients and physicians have begun to realise the value of elements such a faith, hope and compassion in the healing process

Dr Raj Persaud then spoke to Dr Dele Olajide consultant psychiatrist at London’s Maudsley hospital and Larry Culliford, consultant psychiatrist in the South Downs Heath NHS Trust in Brighton.

VIRTUAL REALITY

Can you tell when someone complains that people are gossiping about them whether they are being paranoid or in fact reporting reality? Now Virtual Reality is being used to investigate how ideas of persecution, and paranoia develop – is the problem in the person and the way they interpret reality – or is their reality actually pretty suspect?

A virtual reality - or environment, is a three- dimensional computer simulation of sight and sound - to make you think you’re really in a different place. People’s reactions when they visit a virtual environment can be studied as they act and feel as though they are really there.

And a study is just what Professor Philippa Garety and her colleagues have conducted to try to understand why some of us have unnecessary persecutory thoughts. Virtual environments have also been used in the study and treatment of fears of public speaking, fear of heights, eating disorders and hallucinations.

Dr Raj Persaud visited the environment at London’s University College and at their department of computer science, he met Professor Philippa Garety of the Institute of Psychiatry.



Additional Information

Larry Culliford writes self-help books under the name of Patrick Whiteside
Further information from Happiness

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

Michael Pawson is a contributor to 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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