Understanding the Power of Conspiracy Theories

‘Post-truth’ society provides the perfect conditions for dubious theories to flourish. But are some people more susceptible to conspiracy theories?

Why Virtual Reality Could Be a Mental Health Gamechanger

We’re still a long way from from being able to provide timely treatment to everyone who needs it, but we could be on the brink of dramatic change thanks to VR.

How Virtual Reality Could Transform Mental Health Treatment

The results of our experiment paint a very striking picture of the power of therapy involving VR in treating patients with persecutory delusions.

Can Delusions Be Cured?

Paranoid delusions have traditionally proved stubbornly resistant to treatment. Could we now be on the verge of a breakthrough?

How do our levels of happiness change as we age?

Ageing doesn’t mean a steady descent into misery – evidence suggests that happiness is likely to increase as we head towards old age, but is it that simple?

Mindfulness Versus Antidepressants: Which Works Best?

Antidepressants don’t suit everyone, and side effects are common. Could mindfulness-based cognitive therapy be a viable alternative?

Feeling Paranoid?

Paranoid fears are common and have a variety of causes but new research shows specific issue cognitive behaviour therapy can bring significant benefits

Why Are Men More Likely Than Women To Take Their Own Lives?

Efforts to prevent suicide must take into account some apparently paradoxical differences between men and women

Cannabis Really Can Cause Paranoia

The largest ever study of the effects of the main psychoactive component of cannabis suggests that it can cause paranoia in vulnerable individuals

Mental Illness in the Happiest Nation on Earth

It's high time we faced up to the fact that mental illness is commonplace and no more shameful than physical illness.

Dispelling the Nightmares of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder can typically take months, but an intense course of CBT may relieve symptoms in just a week

Can Cognitive Therapy Help People with Schizophrenia?

For many, the side-effects of antipsychotics are worse than the symptoms they're meant to treat. No wonder some people with schizophrenia refuse to take them. Could cognitive therapy offer a viable alternative?
Does Our Height Influence Our Mental Health?

Does Our Height Influence Our Mental Health?

Experiment in virtual reality shows that reducing a person's height can increase feelings of vulnerability and raise levels of paranoia.

Are All Psychological Therapies Equally Effective?

The claim that all forms of psychotherapy for mental illness are winners, known as the Dodo Bird Verdict, has been dealt a blow by new research into treatment for bulimia nervosa.

Don't Worry, Be Happy

Worry plays a role in causing a wide range of psychological problems. Could it be the so-called "p factor" of mental illness?

What's Wrong with the Concept of Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia isn't a specific, rare or rigorously defined illness. Instead, it covers a wide range of often unrelated conditions, all of which are also seen in people who are not mentally ill

Jealousy: Is it in Our Genes?

To what degree is jealousy hard-wired into our DNA? And what can we do to control it?
Women and Mental Illness: The Silent Struggle

Women and Mental Illness: The Silent Struggle

What does the shooting of Miriam Carey in Washington DC reveal about society's view of mental illness?

Afraid of Spiders? Try Sleeping on It

The therapist's couch may make an unexpected comeback—for taking a nap after sessions for phobias, anxiety and depression.

How Much Do People Know About Men, Women, and Mental Health?

The issue of gender and mental health doesn’t get a lot of attention from professionals. And we don’t tend to talk about it in wider society. Now a new survey finds out what we really think about men, women, and psychological problems.

What Does the Lane We Drive in Reveal about Our Psychology?

Fed up with motorists who stick in the central lane of the highway? The UK government certainly is. But will beefed-up punishments really persuade the hoggers to abandon their devotion to the middle lane? The answer to that question may depend on the answer to another, more fundamental question: namely, why do some of us drive like this in the first place?

The Stressed Sex

According to the World Health Organization, men and women are at equal risk of developing mental health problems. But does the data bear out this assertion?