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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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Raj Persaud
Tuesday 07 December 2004
Professor Salkovskis and Raj Persaud

Click here to read the OCD webchat that accompanies this programme

After Wednesday's edition of All In The Mind, join the webchat 5-6pm when Dr Raj Persaud and Professor Paul Salkovskis will be available online to answer your questions about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Although people now live longer and stay active much later in life, research suggests that many do not look forward to old age but view it as a time of doom and gloom.

Raj Persaud is joined by veteran broadcaster Charles Wheeler and Janet Askham, Professor of Gerontology at Kings College Hospital and Picker Institute Oxford to debate the practicalities of getting older in our current society and discuss how we can best prepare ourselves psychologically for getting older.

New research about music's relationship to brainpower and wellbeing is changing the way we perceive how it affects us.

What happens to the brain of a person who hears a piece of music? Raj Persaud gets wired up during his visits to the Future Music Lab in the Centre for Music and Neuroscience at the University of Plymouth and talks to Eduardo Reck Miranda, Reader in Artificial Intelligence and Music and Head of Computer Music Research about the findings of the experiment.

OCD is a condition in which people experience repetitive and upsetting thoughts and/or behaviours and has two main features: obsessions and compulsions.

Obsessions can be in the form of involuntary thoughts, images or impulses and commonly include fears about germs and contamination, over-concern with order or symmetry and/or inability to discard useless or worn out possessions and/or fears that things are not safe.

The main features of obsessions are that they are automatic, frequent, upsetting or distressing, and difficult to control or get rid of. It is common for people with OCD to carry out a compulsion in order to reduce the anxiety they feel from an obsession.

Raj Persaud talks to Dr Raymond Fowler, Professor Emeritus at the University of Alabama, who in 1976 made a psychological study of the American businessman and Hollywood mogul Howard Hughes. Dr Fowler investigated all aspects of Hughes' life including his troubled childhood and his later life as a paranoid and eccentric recluse, and published his psychological autopsy in 1986 which described his various illnesses, including OCD.

Paul Salkovskis, Professor of Clinical Psychology and Clinical Director of the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma discusses his research on why people with OCD find it difficult to stop obsessive or compulsive actions.

Apologies are a way for humans to express guilt, shame or remorse and sometimes offer the possibility of reconciliation. Significantly their psychological effects have the power to heal, liberate, remove pain and ultimately restore faith during questionable times.

Raj Persaud and Aaron Lazare, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and author of On Apology, discuss why some apologies succeed while others fail, and outline the ingredients of a true and effective apology.

Additional information: 

ProfessorJanet Askham
Professor of Gerontology Kings College Hospital and Picker Institute , Oxford

Eduardo Reck Miranda 
Reader in Artificial Intelligence and Music, Head of Computer Music Research, School of Computing, Communications and Electronics, University of Plymouth

Neuroscience of Music Group

OCD Action
National charity for people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and their related disorders such as Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Compulsive Skin Picking and Trichotillomania. OCD Action provides information, advice and support for people with the above mentioned disorders and their family, friends and carers, as well as interested professionals.

Charity for sufferers of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder(OCD) which aims to bring the facts about OCD to the UK public, and to support those who suffer in silence from this often debilitating anxiety disorder. OCD-UK provide information packs

The National Phobics Society
offers a range of services including 1:1 therapies, clinical hypnotherapy and counselling for people affected by anxiety disorders, including obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) at locations throughout the UK. It also offers an OCD phone-in service, psychiatric pharmacy helpline and a psychology information line.

First Steps to Freedom
aims to help, advise and support people who suffer from phobias and obsessive compulsive disorder. Those who suffer general anxiety disorder, panic attacks anorexia and bulimia and those who wish to come off tranquillizers.
First Steps to Freedom,

Dr Raymond Fowler
Professor Emeritus at the University of Alabama and Chief Executive Officer of the American Psychological Society

Professor Paul Salkovskis
Professor of Clinical Psychology and Clinical Director of the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust - Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma

Professor Aaron Lazare
Chancellor and Dean, University of Massachusetts Medical School

On Apology
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc, USA
ISBN 0195173430

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