Mental Illness

The Parable of the Stupid Samaritan

I tried to help Andrea, a disorientated stranger at a hectic London station, to the irritation of the state’s representatives

My Memory is Failing — Will I Get Alzheimer’s?

In diagnosing dementias, the brain scan is less important than personality traits. But my patients never believe this

You’re So Thin — So How Can You Feel Fat?

Science has struggled to explain anorexia nervosa in its entirety. A new model is targeting the insula, a central hub of brain networks

Underrated: Alexandra Shulman

The editor of British Vogue has bravely — and rightly — shamed designers who insist their clothes be modelled by impossibly thin young girls

An End to the Myth of the Tortured Soul

What was Van Gogh really like? A new exhibition brings us closer to the truth

Doctor in the House

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Oliver James

The author of Affluenza and the darling of the TV psychiatrist's couch is underchallenged

Sick Note

Dignitas' new scheme is based on the misconception that mental illness is a terminal illness

A Strange Rush for the Exit

In a world where life appears to be getting better, why are we in the grip of a suicide epidemic?

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"