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These podcasts are similar to those on the RCPsych website, but have been recorded specifically for CPD Online. Access to the recordings is free, but you need to be a CPD Online subscriber in order to take the test at the end and gain CPD certification. Please note that the views of the interviewees are not necessarily those of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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The importance of circadian rhythms (RCPsych Congress 2017)

Sleep – why is it important? In this podcast, Professor Russell Grant Foster talks to Dr Raj Persaud regarding his presentation at the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ International Congress 2017 addressing this question. This podcast explores the regulation and significance of circadian rhythms, as well as the health risks associated with lack of sleep.

15 Sep 2017

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Delusions: understanding the un-understandable

In this podcast, Dr Peter McKenna provides an in-depth and critical review of delusions and the various approaches taken to understanding them, discussing Karl Jasper’s concept of ‘un-understandability’, overvalued ideas, and the considerable diagnostic nuances involved.

22 May 2018

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Long-term outcomes for the offspring of depressed parents

The increased risk of psychological problems in the children of depressed parents has been widely studied, but less is known about their long-term outcomes. In this podcast, Professor Myrna Weissman talks to Raj Persaud about the results of a 30-year follow-up study into the biological offspring of depressed parents.

26 Jan 2017

Rank #3

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Adult ADHD and psychosis

Here, Dr Peter Mason discusses a number of case reports of adults with ADHD and comorbid psychosis, outlining the symptoms that commonly present. He also reviews the current evidence base for the treatment of the disorders, including the risks and benefits of prescribing stimulants to adults with psychosis.

20 Aug 2012

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Lithium for bipolar disorder: the John Cade story

Prior to the Second World War mental illness was largely untreatable, but all that changed when an Australian doctor and recently returned prisoner of war, John Cade, made the monumental discovery that lithium could serve as an effective treatment for manic depression, now bipolar disorder. In this podcast, Dr Raj Persaud interviews Professor Greg de Moore about the life and work of John Cade, discussing his remarkable – but often overlooked – contribution to the history of mental health treatment.

1 Jul 2019

Rank #5

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Seven deadly sins of psychological science

Psychological science has made extraordinary discoveries about the human mind, but can we trust everything its practitioners are telling us? In recent years it has become increasingly apparent that a lot of research in psychology is based on weak evidence, questionable practices and sometimes even fraud. Here Dr Raj Persaud talks to Professor Chris Chambers about his recently published book ‘The Seven Deadly Sins of Psychology: A Manifesto for Reforming the Culture of Scientific Practice’, in which he diagnoses the ills besetting the discipline today and proposes sensible, practical solutions for change.

23 Oct 2019

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The voices within: the science behind inner speech

In this podcast, Dr Raj Persaud talks to Charles Fernyhough about his 2016 book looking into the history and science behind hearing voices. He argues that we should avoid the pejorative term ‘hallucinations’ by using the more neutral term ‘voice hearing’, and puts forward the idea that inner speech is a highly varied phenomenon that can also serve a beneficial purpose.

22 Aug 2018

Rank #7

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Can heating the body relieve depression?

A 2016 study led by Dr Charles Raison found that raising the body temperature of depressed volunteers through whole-body hyperthermia treatment improved their symptoms of major depression for up to 6 weeks. In this podcast Dr Raison talks to Raj Persaud about how the treatment works, the effect it has on the brain, and how these findings could be built upon in future research.

6 Dec 2016

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Buddhism and Stoicism: the secret to happiness?

In this podcast, existential psychotherapist Antonia Macaro talks to Dr Raj Persaud about Buddhist and Stoic philosophies, focusing on the elements that can have the biggest impact on modern life. Discussing the value we place on worldly possessions and the degree to which we concentrate on emotions, she argues that there is a great deal we can learn from these two philosophies, and much that may be better left behind.

5 Apr 2018

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The mental health needs of refugees

Refugees are subject to a wide range of day-to-day stressors, and many will have been exposed to potentially traumatic events. In this podcast Ruth Wells talks to Raj Persaud about her experiences working with Syrian refugees in Jordan, and discusses how mental health professionals can best address their psychosocial needs.

16 Jun 2016

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The inflamed mind: a radical new approach to depression

It is thought that depression will be the single biggest cause of disability worldwide in the next 20 years; however, treatment for depression has not changed much in the last three decades. In his game-changing book, ‘The Inflamed Mind: A radical new approach to depression’, Professor Edward Bullmore reveals the breakthrough links found between depression and inflammation of the body and brain, representing a whole new way of looking at how mind, brain and body all work together. Here he discusses this fascinating book with Dr Raj Persaud and outlines a future revolution in the treatment of depression.

1 Mar 2019

Rank #11

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Can delusions be explained? (RCPsych Congress 2015)

In this podcast, Professor Richard Bentall talks to Raj Persaud about the various theories of delusions, focusing on early attachment theories and so-called 'tricky' cases of delusions.

21 Dec 2015

Rank #12

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Psychological treatments for children and adolescents with eating disorders

In this podcast, Professor Simon Gowers gives an overview of the different psychological therapies available for children and adolescents with eating disorders, discussing in some detail family therapy, interpersonal therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy.

7 Sep 2009

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Viktor Frankl’s search for meaning

Viktor Frankl’s 1946 memoir Man’s Search for Meaning, which documented its author’s philosophical journey in the wake of the Holocaust, remains one of the most influential books of the last century. In this podcast, Dr Raj Persaud talks to Professor Timothy Pytell about Frankl’s experiences before, during and after World War 2, and the development of the ‘third Viennese school’ of psychotherapy that Frankl developed, logotherapy.

23 Jan 2018

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Tics and Tourette syndrome (RCPsych Congress 2019)

Dr Raj Persaud talks to Professor Eileen Joyce prior to her talk entitled ‘All you need to know about Tourette syndrome’ at the 2019 RCPsych Congress. In this interview Professor Joyce defines the various forms of tics and Tourette syndrome, discusses the work being carried out in specialist clinics, and outlines some of the most effective treatments being used for both children and adults who present with these disorders.

26 Jul 2019

Rank #15

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Cardiovascular fitness and depression

Professor Georg Kuhn talks to Dr Steven Moylan about his recently published study into cardiovascular fitness and its link with the development of depression.

7 Sep 2012

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The National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness

The ‘National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness’ is an annual inquiry that looks at the circumstances in which people with mental illness commit suicide or homicide, identifying annual trends and using these to make recommendations to the health service. In this podcast, Professor Louis Appleby discusses the findings of the most recent inquiry with Dr Paula Murphy.

28 Sep 2012

Rank #17

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Micronutrients and neurodevelopmental disorders

In this podcast, Dr Ezra Susser talks to Ali Ajaz about the relationship between micronutrient deficiency and neurodevelopmental disorders, and some of the challenges facing researchers in this field.

22 Oct 2012

Rank #18

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Omega-3 fatty acids and depression (RCPsych Congress 2016)

Walk into any health food shop and you might think that omega-3 highly unsaturated fatty acids are a cure for all ills. The hype for these dietary supplements arose from research that appeared to find various benefits, including many trials that reported beneficial effects in depressive disorders. However, other trials have reported essentially no effect. In this podcast Dr Brian Hallahan discusses the key findings of his meta-analysis, which pools together all the data accumulated on the subject in an attempt to cut through to the truth about omega-3s and depression.

1 Jul 2016

Rank #19

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Antidepressants in children: do the harms outweigh the benefits?

Close to 100,000 children in the UK are thought to be taking prescribed antidepressant medication, but are these drugs really doing them any good? Do the possible harms and side-effects of antidepressants in children outweigh their potential benefits, and what does the current evidence tell us? In this podcast, psychiatrist and psychopharmacologist Dr David Healy discusses his findings with Dr Raj Persaud, arguing that greater scrutiny of the evidence and a greater degree of professional autonomy are required in this area.

14 Mar 2019

Rank #20