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OU on the BBC: All in the mind - Hoarding disorder and mood apps

Updated Monday 8th December 2014

Hoarding disorder, pleading insanity in court and wellbeing apps are discussed on All in the Mind this week. 

In the BBC's All in the Mind, Claudia Hammond and guests delve deeper into the potential and limits of the human mind. 

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On this week's programme: 

shed full of junk Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Sue Mack | Dreamstime.com Hoarding disorder:

What difference has it made that Hoarding Disorder has been officially recognised as a mental health condition? Claudia Hammond talks to Martin, who decribes his growing collection of cars, trucks and bikes awaiting 'renovation' and the struggle to keep on top of his spiralling stockpile of possessions. A self help group for hoarders, set up by NHS Clinical Psychologist Sophie Holmes and the charity, the Mary Francis Trust, in Surrey, has helped Martin and he tells Claudia how important the compassion of fellow sufferers in the group has been in helping him to face up to his problem.

Pleading insanity in the courtroom:

The test for whether somebody is fit to plead and face a criminal trial in England and Wales dates back almost 200 years, and it’s universally accepted that the law is hopelessly out of date and needs urgent reform. The Law Commissioner is putting the finishing touches to a new Report and Draft Bill that will go before parliament next year and Ronnie Mackay, Professor of Criminal Policy and Mental Health at Leciester’s De Montfort Law School says what the new fitness to plead rules need to include, if miscarriages of justice are to be avoided.

Wellbeing and mood apps:

Apps for smart phones and tablets that track our mood and our emotions is a growth area, but how many of the latest offerings are based on sound psychological principles, and could some do more harm than good? Clinical psychologist Lucy Maddox reviews a selection of these apps for All in the Mind.

This edition of All in the Mind is first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday 9th December 2014. For further details, and to listen online where available, please visit the BBC website.

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