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Author Index - Dominic Beer

Dominic Beer MBBS MA MD MRCPsych is a Consultant Psychiatrist in London

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Modern Psychotherapies (triple helix - spring 2013)

A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal Stanton L Jones and Richard E Butman IVP, 2011 $32 (no UK price given) Pb 496pp ISBN: 978-0-8308-1775-7 Have you ever wanted to read a Christian critique of all the major forms of psychotherapy – psychoanalysis, cognitive behavioural, person-centred, experiential, family therapy? This is the definitive...

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Encountering Depression (triple helix - Winter 2012)

Frequently asked questions answered for Christians Andrew and Elizabeth Procter SPCK 2012 £8.99 Pb 110pp ISBN 978 0 281106 472 4 Included among the 20 questions covered by the authors are: Does my depression stem from my lack of faith? I must have done something wrong?...

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Wired for God? (triple helix - Easter 2011)

Wired for God The biology of spiritual experience Charles Foster Hodder and Stoughton 2010 £12.99 Pb 331 pp ISBN 978 0 34096 442 2 I doubt many CMF members will have read a book quite like this. If, like me, you haven't read other works by Charles Foster, this will be an eye opener. The author...

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Abortion and mental health (triple helix - Christmas 2009)

Until recent research from New Zealand (1) it was a medical mantra that it was safer for a mother's mental health to have an abortion than to continue with the pregnancy. I have twice reviewed this topic (2)(3) and in further developments about abortion affecting mental health Fergusson et al...

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Self Harm (triple helix - summer 2009)

This is a self help book which is practical and uses real life examples to good effect. The first section addresses 'What is self harm and how does it develop?' The authors explain the role of emotions and explain why some people deal with intense emotions by self harming. They...

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Mental Health Act amended (triple helix - Christmas 2008)

Finally, the 1983 Mental Health Act has been amended. [1] Much stays the same. What is new? The two most noteworthy changes are that the definition of mental disorder has significantly broadened to 'any disorder or disability of mind' and that community treatment orders" have been introduced. Parliament's 'guiding principles'...

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Not in my church? - child sex offenders (triple helix - autumn 2007)

John is a 45 year old man recently released from prison after being convicted of a child sex offence. He says he has become a Christian in prison. Your church leader asks you to consider joining a group to help support him practically and spiritually. How can John be shown...

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Cannabis + mental health (triple helix - winter 2007)

Key Points Cannabis is a controversial illegal drug. There is increasing disquiet about its recent reclassification as a Class C drug. An enlarging body of research and expert opinion suggests that it causes a great deal of mental ill health including psychosis. There is increasing evidence that it causes memory...

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Psychological effects after Abortion (triple helix - autumn 2006)

Back in 2002 I reviewed the evidence regarding psychological ill effects after abortion and concluded that these reactions did occur; risk factors included a previous psychiatric history and the lack of a supportive relationship.[1] The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists was not adequately warning about this risk, despite representatives...

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FASBOs (fetal anti-social behaviour orders) – Christians should support properly resourced and evaluated policies (triple helix - autumn 2006)

The UK Prime Minister Tony Blair recently stated,'If we are not prepared to predict and intervene far more early, children are going to grow up in families that we know perfectly well are completely dysfunctional. The kids a few years down the line are going to be a menace to...

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