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All in the Mind - Spring/Summer 2017

Join us for the OU/BBC Radio 4 series that explores the limits and potential of the human mind.

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About the series

Psychologist Claudia Hammond presents All in the Mind - the series that explores new ideas in how we think and behave. The programmes explore three aspects of human behaviour: issues in the delivery of mental health services, from new schemes to help service users to the side effects of drugs; the latest neuroscience research, from multimillion pound projects to map the brain to the human stories of having your brain studied; and new ideas in psychology, such as research into memory or into phobias.

The programmes feature interviews with academic researchers, mental health practitioners, and people with psychological issues.

The first episode of the new series of All in the Mind airs from Tuesday 25th April at 9.00 PM and is repeated on Wednesdays at 3.30 PM.  Full broadcast details and listen again links can be found on

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Adult ADHD; Insiders' Guide to Mental Health Services; Wound healing & expressive writing

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is often thought of as a condition of childhood, but up to 3% of the adult population also experience it. Impressionist and comedian Rory Bremner is one of those. He discusses his experiences with Jonna Kuntsi and Jessica Agnew-Blais from Kings College London who study how childhood and adult versions of the condition differ, whether we can predict which children continue to experience symptoms in adulthood, and a new proposal that the majority of adult ADHD might not have begun in childhood at all.

The first two parts of the All in the Mind Insiders' Guide to Mental Health Services ask how do you know when you have a mental health problem, and what should you say to your GP in order to get help. Our 'insiders' are service user, mental health campaigner and retired chief of an NHS Trust Lisa Rodrigues, GP and All in the Mind Awards finalist Daniel Dietch, Head of Information at Mind Stephen Buckley, and psychiatrist Sri Kalidindi.

And Claudia Hammond talks to Kavita Vedhara about a new study that shows once more that simply writing about how you feel can speed up wound healing. Although this effect has been known since James Pennebaker's landmark studies in the 1980's, this is the first study to demonstrate that expressive writing after an injury can aid healing as much as doing it in advance of a wound. An important finding since we don't always plan our wounds in advance.

Episodes in this series

Episode Description
Adult ADHD; Insiders' Guide to Mental Health Services; Wound healing & expressive writing Claudia Hammond explores the latest developments in the worlds of psychology, neuroscience, and mental health. Read more
Psychology of heart failure, the word 'you' and the Insider's Guide On this week's programme the psychological effects of heart failure and more is explored. Read more
Anxiety and performance, Googling your therapist, Psychiatists and Bribery Claudia visits the Royal College of Music to see a new way of beating anxiety before a performance. Read more
The Everyday Effect of Unconscious Bias Claudia Hammond hosts a special edition to discuss something that happens to all of us; unconscious bias. Read more
Think Ahead, Confidence, Elder-speak and Autism This week's Thinking Allowed explores research into confidence, autism in Somalian culture and the problem with ... Read more
Parent's self stigma and mental health; First impressions; Mental health manifestos; Insiders' Guide The Open University's Dr Mathijs Lucassen joins Claudia as the presenter's guest to comment on the show's themes. Read more
Mental health support in the community; Awareness in children; Insiders' Guide Get an in-depth look at a day of a mental health social worker as Claudia visits sessions with a mental health... Read more
New brain cells and depression; Yoga in prisons; Insiders' Guide; Preferring our own ideas Tune into a new episode of All in the Mind. Read more
Therapy and personality, self-help books, Roald Dahl and the brain, Insider's Guide Claudia discussed the effects therapy has on personality, has a discussion on opposing views of self-help books and... Read more