Antipsychotic medication and weight gain

Introductio­­n This article, written primarily for people with mental health problems and their carers, is about weight gain with antipsychotic medication. Antipsychotics are a group of drugs that are mainly used to treat schizophrenia and manic episodes in bipolar disorder. In both conditions, they are effective in treating symptoms and reducing the risk of a […]

Mind the Brain: How OCD patients get stuck in thoughts and behaviours

Most of us think that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is just about fussy tidying. But it’s actually much more serious and it causes sufferers to be locked into obsessions –  intrusive, unwanted, thoughts – as well as repetitive, compulsive actions. Sometimes, patients engage in patterns of thinking or behaviour which might seem completely irrational. This might lead […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Hungry Brain by Dr Stephan Guyenet

The Hungry Brain

Since the 1970s there has been an alarming global increase in levels of body fat, to the point where over 60% of adults in The United Kingdom and United States are overweight or obese. This obesity pandemic, along with its associated risks of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, liver disease and cancer represents the great public […]