Dr Paul Keedwell
Psychiatrist, author, podcaster and commentator
Welcome to my personal website. Now more than ever, there is a face and personal brand behind the media, which is just as important as the content itself. It is my hope that this website will give you a taste of both.
I write about the latest findings in psychology and mental health and the ways in which we can maximise our wellbeing, as individuals and as a species. I like to examine how behavioural science can contribute to wider debates about other human-focused activity like architecture and the design of our cities. As well as publishing books I have contributed articles to the national Press, and contributed to debates on national TV and Radio.
BBC Breakfast with Alistair Campbell
BBC News discussion on antidepressants
BBC News at Ten: Antidepressant use in adolescents
Maybe we can learn a lot from how our ancestors lived?
21st Century Male
What makes modern man tick, and are we ignoring male misery? 75% of suicides are male. Most drug deaths are male. Men have triple the rate of alcoholism. Males are said to have half the rate of depression that women suffer, but is it being missed? Men are still much less in touch with their emotions than women and are less likely to share how they feel. What are the causes and what can we do about it?
A sample of my research in to the brain mechanisms behind depression
Imaging white matter tracts.
Altered connections between the emotional limbic system and the more controlling frontal lobe might be a vulnerability factor for depression. This research demonstrated some differences in the major white matter connections between these regions in people with a family history of depression.
Happy faces and happy memories
Positive stimuli light up pleasure centres in healthy volunteers but not in depressed individuals who struggle to experience pleasure. I also showed that visual areas light up more to sad faces in depressed individuals, and this is not under conscious control.
Brain activity that changes with antidepressants
Activity in a part of the brain that connects the gut feeling part of the brain to the higher centres changes depending on how much depressed individuals improve with antidepressant treatment.
Te integrity of a major white matter tract relates to how well we can manage the conflict between a word and an image when it comes to processing emotions.