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Richard Bentall

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Richard Bentall on the causes of mental ill health

The Life Scientific

For a long time people who heard voices or suffered paranoid delusions were thought to be too crazy to benefit from talking therapies. As a young man working on a prison psychiatric ward, Richard Bentall thought otherwise. Together with a small group of clinical psychologists, he pioneered the use of the talking therapy CBT for psychosis and conducted rigorous randomized controlled trials to find out if and why it worked. Turns out, having a good relationship with your the therapist is at the heart of why therapy succeeds, regardless of the type of therapy practised. Richard talks to Jim Al-Khalili about his quest to understand psychosis and how his own mental health has suffered at times. He's interested in how adverse life events affect our mental health and has shown that people who suffer abuse, bullying and victimization as children are three times more likely to have a psychotic episode later in life. A large survey of our mental health, launched by Richard and colleagues on day one of the first lockdown has revealed that lockdown and Covid-19 has not led to a tsunami of mental illness that many feared. 10% of the population has seen their mental health improve. Producer: Anna Buckley


23 Feb 2021

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#2: Richard Bentall on Mental Health Disorder Classification

Project Psychology

Richard is a professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Sheffield. Richard earned his bachelors and P.H.D. from Bangor University. He has edited and written several books, most notably Madness Explained, which was the winner of the British Psychological Society Book Award in 2004. His research today focuses on Psychiatric classification. As well as elements of Psychosis in conditions of ‘schizophrenia’ and ‘bipolar disorder’, including a focus on the mechanisms involved in hallucinations and delusions. He also has a keen interest in social determinants of mental illness as well as psychiatric treatment. In this episode, Richard and I's discussion, focuses on mental health disorder classifications, namely how diagnosis have progressed and what changes are needed in our current classification system.Brought to you by Oxford University Psychology SocietyFacebook: @Oxford University Psychology Society,Twitter: @OxfordPsychSocInstagram: oxfordunipsychsocEmail: psychology.society@studentclubs.ox.ac.ukCreditsHost: Junior Okoroafor, Twitter: @JJStyles12, Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/junior-okoroafor-4b8069193/Art Work: Charlotte MasonSpeaker Co-ordinators: Zoe Popescu, Emily CampPodcast Editor: Victoria Okoroafor


7 Jun 2020

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How coronavirus is impacting our mental health - Professor Richard Bentall and Dr Jilly Gibson-Miller

Coronavirus, Examined

In this episode of Coronavirus, Examined, we talk to Professor Richard Bentall and Dr Jilly Gibson-Miller about how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting our mental wellbeing and our behaviour.  Coronavirus, Examined is a podcast from the University of Sheffield.


29 Apr 2020

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A Mad World | Richard Bentall, Ann John, Lucy Johnstone

Philosophy For Our Times

An ever growing number of people are being treated for mental illness. Some blame the modern world, yet critics warn that psychiatrists and big pharma have an interest in describing normal human behaviour as an illness or disorder. Might we do better to give up the notion that mental distress implies illness? In this episode of Philosophy for our Times, author of Madness Explained Richard Bentall, clinical psychologist Lucy Johnstone, and consultant for Public Health Wales and Swansea Professor of Medicine Ann John examine the evidence.


29 Oct 2019

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Bonus Episode: Hidden Desires, Secret Thoughts | Shahida Bari, Barry C Smith, Richard Bentall

Philosophy For Our Times

Over a century after Freud wrote the interpretation of dreams, how much of our unconscious minds have we uncovered?Writer, academic and critic Shahida Bari, Philosopher and Director of the Institute of Philosophy at the Institute of Advanced Studies in London Barry C Smith and Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool Richard Bentall debate the relevance of Freud's work today.Supported by Routledge - Associate Academic Partner of the IAI. To learn more, and for exclusive discounts and prizes visit: bit.ly/2huBNRx


22 Mar 2018

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Madness and Wisdom | Richard Bentall, Patricia Casey, Robert-Rowland Smith

Philosophy For Our Times

Madness is understood as the opposite of reason. Yet as Van Gogh and Nietzsche attest, madness can also be an inexplicable source of insight. Might madness be a strange form of wisdom rather than its diseased opposite? Or is this to make light of a condition that requires treatment?Author of Madness Explained Richard Bentall, psychiatrist Patricia Casey and philosopher and author of Death Drive Robert-Rowland Smith dispute meaning and madness.


21 Feb 2017

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Mind, Myth And Madness | Richard Bentall, Simon Baron-Cohen, Dinesh Bhugra

Philosophy For Our Times

From schizophrenia to depression we assume our psychiatric diagnoses are real. But as the mental health epidemic turns global, the categories now seem like the cause. Is it time to abandon our biological account of mental illness? Or is it the best strategy we've got?The PanelPolly Toynbee interrogates Cambridge psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen, author of Madness Explained Richard Bentall and Professor of Mental Health at King's College Dinesh Bhugra.In association with Guardian LiveWatch the debate here: https://iai.tv/video/mind-myth-and-madness


2 Sep 2016

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VOICE - Eleanor Longden, David Sturgeon and Richard Bentall - HEARD VOICE

Medicine Unboxed

The Heard Voice - Eleanor Longden, David Sturgeon and Richard Bentall in discussion.

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28 Nov 2013