Utter the phrase “mental illness” and for most people, schizophrenia is the disorder that comes most readily to mind. While the disease is widely known and mental health professionals are beginning to understand some of its contributing factors, the underlying causes of the disease are yet to be completely uncovered. Among the general population, schizophrenia is often regarded as a slightly “taboo” topic, with scientific research usually being blended with myth, hearsay and personal opinion. The infographic below will present a few facts on schizophrenia and help to clarify this popular, though often misunderstood mental disorder. Continue reading
While it is difficult to admit, the sad reality is that humans are capable of doing truly horrendous things to each other. Hidden away in basements, back yards, and even in our universities, terrible acts of abuse sometimes occur without the general population ever catching on. The following examples were selected for this article due to their staggering cruelty, severity and prominence. Continue reading
Sigmund Freud is known the world over as being one of the most recognisable names in the field of psychology. The Austrian neurologist is famous for being the founder of psychoanalysis and for his controversial theories which were often of a sexual nature. Born in 1856, the young Freud was part of an unusual family structure, with a mother 20 years younger than his father, and two half-brothers almost as old as his mother. Despite this and his family’s financial hardships, Freud went on to excel in his studies and graduated as a doctor of medicine in 1881.
The catalyst in Freud’s founding of psychoanalysis came in his treatment of patients suffering from hysteria. After forming his private practice in 1886, Freud used hypnosis on his patients to try to find the underlying cause of their mental issues. Continue reading