The Maudsley Hospital Building

The Maudsley Philosophy Group

Addressing conceptual / philosophical issues central to psychiatry

Our activity consists of projects to bring high quality clinical and research psychiatry into contact with high quality philosophy.

We aim to help clarify psychiatric research and practice, improve the contact philosophy has with psychiatry and educate the public about the philosophical aspects of psychiatry.

  News & Events

Seminar: Thursday 1 December 2016, 6.00 pm Board Room, IoPPN

Professor Sherrilyn Roush: "Hypochondria and Self-recalibration": Health-anxious patients (HA) are prone to catastrophic misinterpretation of symptoms and biased substantive beliefs about illness, among other things, but there is growing evidence that dysfunctional metacognitive beliefs - beliefs about thinking - are the driving factor, with dysfunctional substantive beliefs a side-effect, and that Metacognitive Therapy (MCT) is more effective than Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). One metacognitive belief that has not been studied is exhibited in the health anxious behavior of excessively seeking medical care and rejecting doctor reassurance, namely, the belief: "I am a reliable judge of whether my symptoms are serious." I argue that this is a belief that the patient has the means to falsify and adjust, and I propose a technique whereby when healthcare-seeking impulses arise the patient uses his own track record to re-calibrate his confidence that medical attention is needed. This technique could supplement MCT, and addresses some limitations of both MCT and CBT.

Seminar: Tuesday 17 January 2017, 6.00 pm

Professor Fabian Freyenhagen 'Social Pathology' abstract available soon