Dark thoughts: why mental illness is on the rise in academia

Posted in Life on March 6th, 2014 by steve

“University staff battling anxiety, poor work-life balance and isolation aren’t finding the support they need …” (more)

[Claire Shaw and Lucy Ward, Guardian Professional, 6 March]


Not iCrazy

Posted in Life on July 16th, 2012 by steve

“… it’s a remarkable stretch to lay blame for psychosis on the screens of Facebook and Twitter. And to affix cause without scientific proof. The environmental risk factors for psychosis extend decades before the emergence of online social networks. And the incidence rate of that mental condition has not increased with the rise of broadband. That doesn’t stop Newsweek from making its claim, however …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View from Ireland, 16 July]

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No, the web is not driving us mad

Posted in Life on July 15th, 2012 by steve

“Oh Newsweek, what have you done. The cover story in the latest edition is an embarrassing look at non-research that certainly doesn’t suggest that the internet is causing ‘extreme forms of mental illness’ …” (more)

[Mind Hacks, 13 July]

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Students ‘suffer mental illness’

Posted in Life on April 24th, 2012 by steve

“More than a quarter of students in Northern Ireland are suffering from a mental illness, or have done so in the past, a new survey has revealed. The research was based on information gathered from 1,500 students attending college or university in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Independent, 24 April]

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Mental illness rises on campus, study finds

Posted in Life on August 15th, 2010 by steve

“Severe mental illness is becoming more common on college and university campuses in America, research suggests, reports CBC News. The percentage of students with moderate to severe depression who sought counselling at a US campus increased by 7% from 1998 to 2009 …” (more)

[University World News, 15 August]

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Guidance for Handling Tenure Denial

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2010 by steve

“We are reacting, individually and collectively, to yet another tragic act of campus violence. On February 12, Amy Bishop, a Harvard-educated assistant professor of biological sciences, allegedly opened fire during a biology department meeting at the University of Alabama at Huntsville, killing three of her faculty colleagues and wounding two other professors and a staff member …” (more)

[Ann H Franke, Chronicle of Higher Education, 15 February]

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For some academic researchers, mental illness can be an advantage

Posted in Research on August 25th, 2009 by steve

UK“There are probably not that many jobs for which disclosing a diagnosis of bipolar disorder is a qualification rather than a drawback. But Debbie Mayes, who works at Lancaster University’s Spectrum centre for mental health research, has one of them. The stigma attached to mental illness in a high-achieving university setting, where reliability, consistency and accuracy are prioritised, has often meant that academics with a mental illness choose never to disclose their diagnosis. But in what Mayes says is an emerging trend in university recruitment, she was specifically appointed to her research position because of her experiences as a user of mental-health services, as well as her academic credentials …” (more)

[Louise Tickle, Guardian, 25 August]


Mad Genius or Bad Science

Posted in Research on July 30th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“As we build up towards next June’s Symposium we’ll be running a number of occasional posts on the theme of ‘creativity’. To kick the series off, where better to start than with one of the most prevalent myths, that of the ‘mad genius’? In a paper published in May’s edition of Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, Judith Schlesinger (psychologist and Jazz afficionado – there seems to be a distinct subgroup of such people) exposes the weaknesses of this idea by tracing back recurring references to their original source …” (more)

[Summa cum laude, 29 July]

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