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Neuroscientist writer/humourist. Author of 'The Idiot Brain' 'The Happy Brain' & 'Brain Yapping' at the Cosmic Shambles network. https://t.co/QCA59w96uL

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@Krissie_r You know I ran and taught a postgraduate psychiatry programme for 7 years, right?Longish thread from earlier, on why we separate physical and mental health problems, whether that's valid, and the… https://t.co/vgx125kscj @mmmmmrob I don't have the disease that just killed my father, no @chainbearman [Comments on this tweet are closed]Not sure if this a controversial opinion, but different flavour Kit Kat Chunkies are bullshit. They all taste the s… https://t.co/rQab1wbLa1Matt Groening said WHAT?!? https://t.co/Q9OZ67q1Pl
Retweeted by Dean BurnettJust when you thought 2020 couldn't get any worse. https://t.co/6p2Qw0PiIv
Retweeted by Dean BurnettFrom this we learn: Even MPs don't know how many kids the PM has Johnson allegedly wants to retire in 6 months be… https://t.co/PhErPuMGI9Now that’s a healthy and normal political system, right there. https://t.co/FkWtDLdknT
Retweeted by Dean BurnettStunning, via @alexwickham https://t.co/P4UMHDu1z9 https://t.co/PDDIGCNW2N
Retweeted by Dean BurnettI use one form of neurological activity to explain other forms of neurological activity https://t.co/fLy2K6mLuATwo tweets on same incident ⬇️ One from ‘has been’ who is peddling race hate to keep his flagging career alive . I… https://t.co/lTkmTPrQxn
Retweeted by Dean BurnettGIGA LOCAL lockdowns! You have to know the exact location of all the atoms in your body at all times, or the govern… https://t.co/yVjkAu9T7jPoliticians arguing for 'hyper local' lockdowns: balls to that! If you're going to go down that route, go all the w… https://t.co/9d9VRXrVupSo yeah, that's my take on the physical v mental health issue I talk about it a lot more, and in more detail (if y… https://t.co/paSKTW7y7mNot that this is automatically better than our system, of course. As stated, there are pros and cons to treating me… https://t.co/D2jND0YdAtPerhaps other cultures, which never went through such a pronounced schism between the spiritual and the tangible, d… https://t.co/gsZhsOAxcKIt's not a great leap to think something similar could happen with mental health "Evil spirits that change someone… https://t.co/2aRZJcnmkeA similar thing to this apparently happened in the neuroscience field. Phrenology was widely condemned (rightly), b… https://t.co/xZ3kzoELgjWhile turning against the domination of the church and spiritual concerns in favour embracing logic and reason was,… https://t.co/rvL3VIeo8yThis makes some sense when you consider how mental health problems were historically assumed to have religious/spir… https://t.co/GtxQXqBESJMaybe the distinction between mental and physical health is, weirdly, due to The Enlightenment?… https://t.co/JFtJtR5zdzShort answer is, I don't know. This is clearly a question more for sociologists/anthropologists/historians But, ba… https://t.co/Na2l2jAVRoBut then, in our chat yesterday, @helenczerski pointed out that there are some cultures that don't draw a distincti… https://t.co/wVdJyO1q4rAs ever, the overall picture is considerably more complex than a basic binary. Sometimes, distinguishing between me… https://t.co/I5O2hJORLYThis may be a result of our tendency to consider the brain and body to be distinct entities, like neighbours in a s… https://t.co/saYFcHWTxgDepression has many physical symptoms, developing a serious physical condition like cancer often leads to depressio… https://t.co/k4wPAmaQhsOne thing that always bothers me about this mental v physical health division is that it seems to often leads to pe… https://t.co/jcOE7lRC35For a thorough understanding of why equating #mentalhealth to physical health problems is potentially harmful, I al… https://t.co/6bkXruYsHEOTOH, there are many ways in which mental and physical ailments do differ considerably, and assuming they're the sa… https://t.co/TkxNYRog6jThat physical differences are more accepted and recognised is one potential upshot of all this. It's also why compa… https://t.co/tAMc5Y3Exq @jrbando NoThere's also the matter of insight; if you've a more physical ailment, your mind is aware of it, because of the pai… https://t.co/2t1vJfICy0It's much harder to tell when your mind or psyche is going awry. It doesn't have a set mass or shape or boundaries… https://t.co/DKwpyokujSThere are also, undeniably, many genuine differences between physical and mental differences E.g. it's a lot easie… https://t.co/d5kEt9YE0hAmong other issues, this creates a division between physical disorders, and mental ones. They have different traits… https://t.co/NBqbgEAIUnUnfortunately, as anyone who's dealt with them will tell you, most mental health problems don't conform to the same… https://t.co/jEGXDuCMAXBut this means you could argue that the medical field itself adopted and approach where the default idea of illness… https://t.co/foT4qXscwP[N.B. Not saying that all doctors/medics still do this now. Far from it. The biospychosocial model has been the def… https://t.co/DeGelTWgVkThe fact that doctors/psychiatrists would attempt to tackle mental health problems by addressing the underlying bio… https://t.co/QZ0X2Mr43mBut when you deem every illness and ailment to be a disease, it can influence how you deal with them This has long… https://t.co/aGrlj9qicQWhy's this important? Well, by most definitions, a disease is something with, typically, a physical basis "A diso… https://t.co/vETnXaV3p8However, the way we teach medicine might have had an impact in how we understand mental and physical ailments A 19… https://t.co/snas2xJMd9Point is, treating mental and physical health as separate things is perhaps a consequence of health and illness bei… https://t.co/IJbVJW9Nne @alvinometric YesAnd who counts as 'ill' or not can change over time. Being HIV+ 40 years ago was the worst possible thing for many,… https://t.co/gf975ZPVcDEven then, it's tricky. Someone can have a disease, they can be ill, they can be sick. But they need not be all thr… https://t.co/oNvPKIAYHUPredictably, the medical community has worked hard to pin down some proper meaning to terms like illness, sickness… https://t.co/5uArzEhN14It's worth considering that 'illness', 'sickness' and 'disease' are already slipperier concepts than most people re… https://t.co/LlelcfiNmLA question based on what we spoke about on the Science Shambles about brains and mental health yesterday… https://t.co/tvL0vEHswWA lot of people asking 'Why do you follow me?' at the moment I won't be doing that. I know why most of you follow… https://t.co/yh7CC61YvMHe said he paid her £100,000, out of the public purse, for advice. She said it was an affair. Why isn't the Met i… https://t.co/LIsfyzos7O
Retweeted by Dean BurnettThere's only one thing you need to know about Andrew Rosindell MP. https://t.co/uLGsBFldmi
Retweeted by Dean BurnettFeel like this means Hans Gruber won in the end https://t.co/LNXvjnQYTR
10/19
2020
This is the sort of thing I'm thinking about when I wonder if what I'm doing is of any interest to anyone. I'd *lik… https://t.co/9M94UX9Y3d"Faded Rainbows: how the national unity over the pandemic was squandered by the Government" I think this would be… https://t.co/dFs7jsiTAQ @Heckitty I will stop talking about Pickle when he stops doing stuff that warrants talking about Thus far, that looks unlikely @tomdobbie Thanks very much Although I honestly can't rule out that the bulk of those stick around for the cat @mrnickharvey I have only just found this thread and it has been immensely cheering, so big thanks for that Althou… https://t.co/4GK0180NtnSorry if this comes across as desperately needy, by the way Not my usual vibe, but despite my best efforts life ha… https://t.co/Q9PEtL2LE0Honest question I keep talking on here about #MentalHealth stuff with my usual neuroscience slant, but is anyone f… https://t.co/DT1fMh3TlkCatchup link here https://t.co/v24pZqL2Sb We discussed #MentalHealth, how it goes wrong in the brain, how therapi… https://t.co/cK0y9mT2bHI wrote a piece on what it has been like adopting during a pandemic. Available to anyone who has a sneaky way round… https://t.co/RcuRFgbv5q
Retweeted by Dean BurnettTFW you learn that the last debate was when Trump HAD done prep https://t.co/ut26mBZg5uThe implication of what Widdecombe is saying is that there has to be something inherently sexual about two people d… https://t.co/4rd954Mtan
Retweeted by Dean BurnettNo.10 broke precedent and snubbed Britain’s first black archbishop for a peerage because it says the House of Lords… https://t.co/Z11Ouv0Wh5
Retweeted by Dean Burnett @79LoopyLou @robinince @helenczerski @garwboy Dean talked a bit about this in relation to masks etc in this video - https://t.co/GXCCrdkJ6q
Retweeted by Dean BurnettJoin @helenczerski and me at 3pm for another #ScienceShambles livestream. Today we’re joined by @garwboy & Nav Kapu… https://t.co/to1fQ4l6AM
Retweeted by Dean BurnettWhen you've never received a text that started "Good morning my beautiful son" https://t.co/UZzhBDMbAK
Retweeted by Dean BurnettIt is hard to think of a more powerful, viral in-kind contribution that Rudy could have given Biden. Can’t overs… https://t.co/5Uq84GAy5Q
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10/18
2020
"... but what if we use really expensive polish? Like, obscenely, insultingly expensive?" - Turd https://t.co/STU4LDON7dThe morrow https://t.co/u9Je8xVeVbSeen someone praise Jacinda Ardern for being the first Prime Minister to do her job while holding a baby, but am pr… https://t.co/E5rRR8jihPYeah, he's in the garden harassing the husky next door https://t.co/JjnTIKWxJWUK deaths: 43,429 New Zealand deaths: 25 https://t.co/op1LoJ85th
Retweeted by Dean Burnett#ScienceShambles is LIVE, as always, at 3pm tomorrow. @robinince & @helenczerski will be joined by @garwboy and… https://t.co/7ngMNqj0HR
Retweeted by Dean BurnettWhy is there no clear choice between being hacked to death with a machete and a mild cold? https://t.co/Izf4Sfl6zF
Retweeted by Dean BurnettThe Brexit paradox: the UK could only sign a meaningful US trade deal if it doesn’t sign an EU one. But if it does… https://t.co/l7fz3kW0uO
Retweeted by Dean BurnettThis made me tear up. So not obvious. One of the most direct impacts of stigma is self loathing. Many parents wer… https://t.co/DScodQ4Wln
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10/17
2020
I'll likely be quieter than usual online over the next few days, will be doing some serious internal screaming abou… https://t.co/l2CY5DGaE9"Sadly, some parents will be unable to see their children" "...wait, yes they will" "Some fathers won't see their… https://t.co/VyEofIgeUoBAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA! https://t.co/shVVRKsKYNWell this is horrifying. More people are dying of cardiac arrest because we're all standing back and letting them d… https://t.co/tH3611AOrY
Retweeted by Dean BurnettSend us your mental health, psychology and neuroscience questions for this Sunday’s livestream show as @robinince a… https://t.co/DSl8QTJdrW
Retweeted by Dean Burnett @amateursuman @cosmicshambles @robinince @helenczerski Can't promise that
10/16
2020
I tell this story because a similar thing happened again today. Only instead of the registrar, it was the Undertake… https://t.co/SFlP5197zxRegistrar looks at me, sees me in the best man position, again, wearing the exact same suit as a month earlier, whe… https://t.co/MbWuQ4tMWeAs it happens, latter wedding was also in Cardiff, like the previous one. So, I'm stood there at the ceremony, in… https://t.co/WY9gYjUUV3Even more useful, the second wedding had no set colour scheme or dress code I'd just bought a best man suit for th… https://t.co/haS6CcovcjWas very happy to be best man, obviously, but it can be a pricey gig. But as it happens, the latter 2 weddings wer… https://t.co/WHnDbgaopYBack in 2016, I had the surprising honour of being asked to be best man at 3 separate weddings Once was for my Ste… https://t.co/TzByWK3dR2Cummings failing to engage with the detail of reform and thinking he’s a genius who can just rip things up and desi… https://t.co/dY3haYHc8L
Retweeted by Dean BurnettThe second in a series of five articles from @garwboy on some #MentalHealth hacks that might help you get through 2… https://t.co/oieHZzvuJM
Retweeted by Dean BurnettLate to this but, people getting angry about Malala saying ‘vote for my friend in a student election’ is just furth… https://t.co/YGLLcLA9aO
Retweeted by Dean BurnettHey remember about a month ago when this was the discourse lol https://t.co/mr7IOdRUnR
Retweeted by Dean BurnettSeen people claim this is a lie intended to drum up sympathy So that's where we're at now with Trump 1. Him passi… https://t.co/0KGPOeICyLUK: "Sorry guys, but there's just no money left for any arts. Genuinely. It's a luxury we can't afford right now. M… https://t.co/JW8ibbdC1h
10/15
2020
Currently owe the council a debt for council tax. Gonna write them a letter asking for it to be forgiven, because… https://t.co/Wbh6maZPUA
Retweeted by Dean BurnettWell, that's a load off https://t.co/qgHMfM9ojBHave you got questions on psychology, mental health or neuroscience? This week on the Sunday science Q&A livestream… https://t.co/wBhbvTKw4A
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10/14
2020

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