Posts Tagged ‘Mental Illness’

Vatican paper remembers actor Robin Williams

Friday, August 15th, 2014

The Vatican’s newspaper has acknowledged actor Robin Williams, who took his own life and was found dead on August 11. In a brief article, L’Osservatore Romano called the comedian and actor an “unforgettable clown with a heart of gold”. Williams had recently been battling severe depression , according to his publicist. He was known to Read more

The devil is real, Pope Francis declares

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

The devil is real, Pope Francis has emphasised, and priests should not try to explain the casting out of demons by Jesus by suggesting he was simply healing a person with a mental illness. “It is true that at that time, they could confuse epilepsy with demonic possession; but it is also true that there Read more

Quick cure for personality disorder

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

I have just been cured of a major mental illness. The cure was cheap, effective and instant.  And the original diagnosis did not involve any ‘road to Damascus’ experience after hours on the couch, years of painful soul searching in therapy, or complex cognitive behavioural therapy. No drugs or surgery either — NHS executives take Read more

The facts about eating disorders

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Eating Disorders are among some of the most serious and challenging mental illnesses that affect our children and adolescents. Recent research suggeststhat up to 75% of adolescent girls view themselves as overweight or needing to lose weight and around a quarter of our teenagers are experimenting with dangerous dieting behaviour, such as taking laxatives and severely restricting Read more

Compassion measured in sparse dollars

Friday, June 29th, 2012

On Monday my friend Carl died – under the wheels of a train. He would not have meant to disrupt the lives of rush-hour commuters. Nor would he have wanted to cause distress to the train crew. Perhaps from the “other side” he will let me apologise on his behalf. Sorry. Perhaps it’s ironic that, Read more

Greens say tax payer money going to Church of Scientology

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Green’s drugs spokesman Kevin Hague has alleged in the New Zealand Parliament that the Church of Scientology is using tax-payer money to promote an anti-psychiatry agenda and messages against medication used to treat mental illness through charities disguised as social service organisations. Mr Hague said he had watched members of the church on Auckland’s Queen Read more