Getting Inspired

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Links checked and updated April 2020.

There are many inspirational resources to get you thinking about psychiatry.

Personal experiences in Literature

  • "Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness", Susannah Cahalan
  • "An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness", Kay Redfield Jamison
  • "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly", Jean-Dominique Bauby
  • The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat", Oliver Sacks
  • "How We Got Barb Back", Margaret Hawkins
  • "The Reason I Jump", Naoki Higashida
  • Temple Grandin
  • Jonny Benjamin

Popular Science

  • "The Inflamed Mind: A radical new approach to depression", Ed Bullmore

Scientific Papers






  • "I hear voices": A series on a woman’s experience of having schizophrenia and the way this has impacted her
  • ‘Telling it Like it Is – Schizophrenia’:  a woman with schizophrenia talks about her symptoms and experiences
  • "Word of Mouth" 30-minute podcasts on communication with people who have conditions, such as, dementia, autism, dyslexia and adults with learning difficulties. By Michael Rosen
  • 1800 seconds on Autism’ -series of podcasts by autistic hosts Robyn Steward, Jamie Knight and  guests. 
  • All in the Mind’ - Radio  4 Episode including a segment on Autism in the Somali culture and the difficulty a Somali mother had with explaining autism to her community
Editorial Information

Last reviewed: 22 April 2020

Next review: 22 October 2020

Reviewer Name(s): NHS GGC MyPsych Team