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  • The biopsychosocial assessment
    The biopsychosocial model is a comprehensive approach to understanding mental health that integrates biological, psychological, and social factors. This model recognises that mental health and illness are the result of complex interactions between these domains, rather than being caused by a single factor. Biological aspects encompass genetic predispositions, neurochemical imbalances, and physical health conditions. Psychological …

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  • Dysfunctional teams
    The concept of dysfunctional teams has been a topic of interest in organisational psychology and management research for decades. A dysfunctional team is characterised by a group of individuals who struggle to work together effectively, leading to suboptimal performance, decreased productivity, and a negative impact on the overall well-being of team members. The term “dysfunctional …

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  • Getting serious about burnout: resilience has its limits
    In a BMA article by Serene Boyd 21 May 2024 “Be resilient? What do you think I’m doing?“, Boyd says, “‘Resilience’ has become a loaded word. It is a quality everyone wants and needs, but is it right to tell doctors to be more resilient when it is their workplaces that are at fault.” https://www.bma.org.uk/news-and-opinion/be-resilient-what-do-you-think-i-m-doing …

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  • No new lessons here: Retired consultant killed by son who suffered with schizophrenia.
    The case of Daniel Harrison, who was convicted of manslaughter by diminished responsibility after killing his father, Dr Nicholas Kim Harrison, highlights significant failings in mental health care management.  The Coroner gave a narrative verdict on 16/04/2024. The homicide had happened in March 2022. [References and sources at the end] Daniel Harrison, diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, …

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