Entries by Danny Whittaker

Priests, Potions, Prisons, and Prozac: The History of Mental Illness

Prof. Greg Eghigian helps us trace the history of mental illness from ancient Palestine, and the Greek physician Hippocrates, right the way up to Prozac and self-help gurus. On the way we encounter exorcisms, bloodletting, witch doctors, magic spells, Islamic hospitals, mental asylums, country house retreats, Sigmund Freud, the advent of pharmacology, deinstitutionalization and the rise of psychotherapy.

Dying to be Thin: Anorexia and Bulimia

Prof. Ulrike Schmidt joins us to discuss the three main eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. Are eating disorders a illness peculiar to young white women, or is anybody susceptible? What causes somebody to develop an eating disorder? Is it all about looking good, or are there deeper issues at play? All this and more in today’s episode.

Foundations of ACT and the Limits of CBT

Steven C. Hayes, PhD joins us to talk about the foundations ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and the limits of CBT. What exactly is ACT and how does it differ from, and improve upon traditional CBT? We discuss the concept of psychological flexibility, whether or not there is value in addressing issues from your past, the importance of self-compassion, and how to discover your own personal values.

Why Procrastination Makes You Depressed (and Depression Makes You Procrastinate)

Today Dr. Tim Pychyl helps us explore how procrastination relates to things like depression and anxiety. We discover why we’re terrible at forecasting our future moods and why you’ll never “feel like doing it tomorrow”, how to grease the wheels of productivity and boost your willpower, and why Homer Simpson might have something very profound to teach us about how we treat our future selves.