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Byron Writers Fest 2018: Why “having it all” must include mental wellbeing
I have always wanted to attend The Byron Writers Festival (BWF) but had somewhere along the line made up a story that it was for the special group of book writing people and thoughtful intellects who could debate about politics and current affairs at length. However, when I saw a focus on mental health and the lives surrounding the authors I decided it was time to put aside my preconceptions and see what it was all about….and I’m so glad I did. What I learnt, very quickly, was that all of these incredible writers had one thing in common, their...
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Disease vs Moral Model of Addiction
Considerable research has been conducted attempting to explain the causes of addiction in particular the arguments for both the medical and moral models of explaining addiction. The clear difference between these models are the causes they attribute to drug and alcohol abuse and the role of free will. A critical review of the literature for and against addiction as a personal choice versus a disease model one concludes that discourses on addiction and applied treatment are often influenced by what is funding them. It excludes the complex interplay of the social and environmental history of the individual, their brain chemistry...
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