Are smartphones really making our children sad?

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US psychologist Jean Twenge, who has claimed that social media is having a malign affect on the young, answers critics who accuse her of crying wolf Last week, the childrens commissioner, Anne Longfield, responded to the campaign. The assumption that time online or in front of a screen is life wasted needs challenging. It is […]

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I cant fight anorexia any more. Ive tried so hard

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Pip McManus died three years after becoming ill with an eating disorder. Her parents explain how medical care failed their daughter Marie McManus wants to show me the final photograph taken of her daughter Pip. It was 9 December 2015, and the 15-year-old is standing on the platform of a railway station five minutes walk […]

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Ketamine could help thousands with severe depression, doctors say

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Psychiatrists hail benefits of transformational drug, and call for more trials to explore its potential Thousands of people with severe depression could obtain urgent relief if experimental treatment using ketamine were made more widely available, medical experts say. The drug has been championed by doctors and psychiatrists as a potentially life-changing treatment for those with […]

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US army veterans find peace in protecting rhinos from poaching

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In northern South Africa, former soldiers are fighting both the illegal wildlife trade and the twin scourges of unemployment and PTSD The sun has set over the scrubby savannah. The moon is full. It is time for Ryan Tate and his men to go to work. In camouflage fatigues, they check their weapons and head […]

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Lily Bailey on living with OCD: ‘My brain was filled with weird, uncomfortable thoughts’

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Tired of people misunderstanding the fourth most common mental illness, the UK model and writer decided to share her secret inner world. Here she answers 10 questions Your extremely compelling book, Because We Are Bad, details your life with obsessive compulsive disorder. You are 23 now and your book gives the impression it has always […]

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In Pursuit of Memory: The Fight Against Alzheimers review

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Joseph Jebellis personal study of a disease that has reached epidemic proportions offers the latest research but not much hope The human animal derives its humanity from language and memory. What are we, without memory ? The short answer is: wild beasts. Memory gives us personality, emotional intelligence, family relations, and community. Memory anchors us […]

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Postnatal depression I felt disembodied for so long but suddenly I was back in my own body

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Jessica Friedmann talks to Viv Groskop about the terrifying years she experienced after the birth of her son Jessica Friedmann thought she was managing well after the birth of her son. Then suddenly her thoughts took a dark turn. I had to come back into hospital two weeks later for a checkup and I realised […]

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