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We bring you the latest on mental health research at Cardiff University's MRC Centre and the National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH), plus real-life experiences of people affected by mental health problems.
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Piece of Mind: Mental Health & Psychiatry Piece of Mind: Mental Health & Psychiatry

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We bring you the latest on mental health research at Cardiff University's MRC Centre and the National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH), plus real-life experiences of people affected by mental health problems.
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    Ep8: Finding and losing schizophrenia

    Ep8: Finding and losing schizophrenia

    Schizophrenia is a contentious diagnosis and source of often heated debate across the various professions and stakeholders associated with mental health. Some argue that it has outlasted its usefulness as a single diagnosis and should instead be viewed as the extreme end of a 'psychosis spectrum disorder'.
    To unpick the issues, we're delighted to be joined by award-winning author Nathan Filer, who is in conversation with Professor James Walters, deputy director at NCMH to discuss his latest book - The Heartland: Finding and Losing Schizophrenia.
    This episode was recorded live at Bigmoose Coffee Co. in Cardiff. They're a fantastic bunch and do great work in the community, so if you're in town make sure you pop in for a coffee and try some of their amazing cakes.
    We hope you enjoy, and if you have any feedback please get in touch at info@ncmh.info or on social media:
    Twitter - @ncmh_walesInsta - @thencmhFacebook - /walesmentalhealth
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 7: Autism

    Episode 7: Autism

    Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others. There are around 700,000 autistic people in the UK, and while it is usually diagnosed in childhood, some autistic people grow up without their condition being recognised until later in life.
    In this episode, we’re joined by Kat Williams, who was diagnosed as autistic when she was 32. In this episode she shares her experience of growing up without a diagnosis and parenting an autistic child, and discusses the impact of labels like ‘high functioning’.
    She’s joined by Professor Jeremy Hall, Director of Cardiff University’s Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute. He discusses some of the latest research into autism and how autistic people are more likely to experience mental health problems like depression and anxiety.
    For links and resources mentioned in this episode, visit http://www.ncmh.info/videos-and-podcasts/podcast/autism/
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Minisode: Clozapine, neutropenia and treatment-resistant schizophrenia

    Minisode: Clozapine, neutropenia and treatment-resistant schizophrenia

    We’re delighted to be joined by Dr Sophie Legge and Dr Antonio Pardiñas for our latest minisode to discuss their latest research study.
    Sophie, Antonio and colleagues at Cardiff University’s MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics examined genetic data from more than 500 people of African descent taking clozapine, an anti-psychotic medication prescribed to people with treatment resistant schizophrenia.
    Clozapine is currently the most effective treatment for people with treatment-resistant schizophrenia, but it can cause a rare side effect called neutropenia. In the most extreme cases, this can develop into agranulocytosis; a severe and potentially life-threatening condition.
    These side-effects are characterised by lower neutrophil levels, a type of white blood cell, and these lower levels appear to be more common in people of African descent. The team were interested in learning whether genetic factors were at play, and in this minisode Sophie and Antonio explain what they found and how their results could help improve the management of clozapine treatment.
    For links and resources mentioned in this episode, visit https://www.ncmh.info/podcast
    We hope you enjoy and we would be really grateful if you could leave us a review and help others find our podcast! If you've got any questions about this episode, get in touch at info@ncmh.info.

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    • 14 min
    Ep6: 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome

    Ep6: 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome

    22q11.2 deletion syndrome, or 22q for short, is a genetic syndrome affecting between 1 in 2000 and 1 in 4000 people.
    There are a wide range of health issues associated with the syndrome, such as heart conditions and immune problems, palatal defects and speech delays. It can also cause developmental problems and learning disabilities, and increased risk of a range of mental health problems, including schizophrenia, ADHD and depression.
    To tell us more about 22q, we're joined by Professor Marianne van den Bree, a Principal Investigator at Cardiff University's MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics.We also get a parent perspective from Katie and Jon, whose daughter Ivy was diagnosed with 22q last year.
    For links and resources mentioned in this episode, visit www.ncmh.info/videos-and-podcast…deletion-syndrome/
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    • 49 min
    Ep 5: Sleep, Insomnia And Mental Health

    Ep 5: Sleep, Insomnia And Mental Health

    Getting enough sleep is important for your health and happiness. Generally, if you sleep better you feel better. On the other hand, poor sleep can make you feel low and have a negative impact on your mood. But does poor sleep increase your chances of experiencing a mental health problem or is it a symptom?
    In this episode we’re joined by Dr Ajay Thapar, a GP who recently travelled to the USA on a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship to learn more about insomnia and different treatments, and Dr Katie Lewis, whose work investigates the relationship between sleep disruption and mood disorders like bipolar and depression.
    For links and resources mentioned in this episode, visit www.ncmh.info/videos-and-podcast…st/sleep-insomnia/
    We hope you enjoy, and if you have any feedback please get in touch at info@ncmh.info

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    • 53 min
    Ep 4: Self-harm

    Ep 4: Self-harm

    The UK has the highest self-harm rate of any country in Europe, and it remains an issue people struggle to handle, talk about, and understand.
    In this episode we discuss personal experiences of self-harm and coping techniques, the latest research in the field and misunderstanding and stigma can stop people who self-harm from seeking help.
    We're joined by Swansea University's Professor Ann John, whose main research interest is self-harm, suicide and public health. Ann also chairs the National Advisory Group to Welsh Government on Suicide and Self harm prevention.
    Our second guest is Si, co-founder of Heads Above the Waves, a not-for-profit organisation that works with young people to promote positive, creative ways of dealing with bad days.
    For links and resources mentioned in this episode, visit www.ncmh.info/videos-and-podcast…/podcast/self-harm
    We hope you enjoy, and if you have any feedback please get in touch at info@ncmh.info

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    • 57 min

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