When you are more famous than God how long before you get crucified?

Fixation,  Fame, Insanity and Assassination.

Psychiatrists called in by the court to assess Anders Breivik disagreed with each other as to the diagnosis - one pair were convinced he suffers from a psychotic illness characterised by delusions while another pair believed he was not detached from reality in the psychotic sense but had a personality disorder - Professor Coid, an eminent Forensic Psychiatrist discusses with Dr Raj Persaud, the nature of disagreements between psychiatrists in such court cases.

This is part of a series of videos where Professor of Forensic Psychiatry, Dr Jeremy Coid discusses with Dr Raj Persaud some of the stated beliefs of Anders Breivik - is this evidence for mental illness - such as psychosis or schizophrenia? Or is this someone who displays extremism as found commonly at the far ends of the political spectrum, an ideological position, rather than a psychiatric disorder? 


Has the Trial of Anders Breivik Produced Enough Evidence to Now Make a Diagnosis?






Dr Raj Persaud

Dr Raj Persaud is a Consultant Psychiatrist who has worked as a
Consultant at the Bethlem Royal and Maudsley NHS Hospitals in London
from 1994-2008, and as an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of
Psychiatry, University of London. These are the premiere research and
training institutions for Psychiatry in Europe.

He was also Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the USA
and Institute of Neurology at Queens Square. His training in psychiatry
since leaving UCH medical school in1986 was entirely at the
Institute of Psychiatry and the Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospitals.
Unusually for a psychiatrist, he also holds a degree in psychology,
obtained with First Class Honours, and 8 other degrees and diplomas
including a Masters in Statistics.  He was awarded the Royal College
of Psychiatrists’ Research Prize and Medal as well as The Maudsley
Hospital's own Denis Hill Prize, and The Osler Medal.  The Royal
College of Psychiatrists' recently also awarded him the Morris Markowe

In 2004 he was appointed Visiting Professor for Public Understanding
of Psychiatry at Gresham College, and he was asked by the Royal
College of Psychiatrists to edit its first book aimed at educating the
public on psychology and psychiatry.  'The Mind:  A Users Guide’ was
published in 2007 and reached the top ten best-seller list. All of his 5
previous books have been top ten  best-sellers.

His writing is in several established textbooks, including the Oxford
Companion to the Mind and he has contributed a chapter in the latest
comprehensive textbook of psychiatry for trainees: Psychiatry – An
Evidence Based Text. He has approaching 100 publications in Journals
such as The British Journal of Psychiatry, British Medical Journal and
The  Lancet.

Recently he was elected Fellow of University College London and the
Royal College of Psychiatrists.  He has been patron or supporter of numerous
mental health charities including OCD-UK, The Manic Depression
Fellowship, Association of Post-Natal Illness, Childline, Action
Aid and The Samaritans.

The Independent on Sunday Newspaper conducted a
poll amongst members of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the
Institute of Psychiatry to discover who were the top ten psychiatrists
in the UK as rated by fellow psychiatrists. Dr Raj Persaud was the
youngest doctor to make it into this esteemed list. The Times Newspaper 
also  recently placed him as one of the Top Twenty
Mental Health Gurus in the world.

He is now joint podcast editor for the Royal College of Psychiatrists and also now has a free app on iTunes and google play store entitled 'Raj Persaud in conversation', which includes a lot of free information on the latest research findings in mental health, plus interviews with top experts from around the world. Download it free from these links


https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dr-raj-persaud-in-conversation/id927466223?mt=8Type your paragraph here.


 “A fascinating window into the workings of a psychiatrist’s mind”

Professor Robert Howard Former Vice Dean of Royal College of Psychiatrists and  Professor and Head of Department of Old Age Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London

'An entertaining romp through the weirder frontiers of VIP protection, notable for blending into its story-line an array of serious information about the problem of stalking.'

Dr. David James, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and co-founder of the National Stalking Clinic


'Dr Persaud has woven the facts about stalking that are important for everyone to know into a gripping story of fixation and violence. Can’t Get You Out of My Head captures the obsession that drives some stalkers to ever more desperate and bizarre behaviour in pursuit of their victim'.

Dr Troy McEwan - one of the world's leading authorities on the psychology of stalking -
Lecturer in Clinical and Forensic Psychology
Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science
Swinburne University of Technology and Forensicare Australia

Anders Breivik doesn't want the court to decide that he is mentally ill and has argued against this outcome - but sometimes sufferers from psychosis are aware that they are, for example, hearing voices, but hide this from psychiatrists, for various reasons. How do psychiatrists get inside the mind of someone who might be trying to deflect them from what is really going on?

This is part of a series of videos where Professor of Forensic Psychiatry, Dr Jeremy Coid discusses with Dr Raj Persaud some of the stated beliefs of Anders Breivik - is this evidence for mental illness - such as psychosis or schizophrenia? Or is this someone who displays extremism as found commonly at the far ends of the political spectrum, an ideological position, rather than a psychiatric disorder? 


  • Hit And Run Demo13:27
  • Buried Alive Mix113:29
  • So Proud Demo 142:47

Listen to 'hit and run' and several other first hit singles by 'Dread', the pop star heroine of 'Can't Get You Out of My Head', here - Lyrics by Raj Persaud and Gary McConnell / Music by Gary McConnell.

Vocals Rebekah Ryan / Guitar/Bass/Producer Ian Ellerker / Guitar Gary McConnell

More music from Gary here

William James is a young, awkward and geeky, consultant psychiatrist, specializing in the psychology of stalking, and the dry, academic, study of obsessive love.

He gets recruited by the Home Office to join FTAC  (a special police protection unit which really does exist and is assigned to Downing Street and Buckingham Palace dealing with daily threats from the public and beyond).

The Home Secretary - a young attractive woman - has been getting unusually bizarre, persistent and menacing notes from a stalker; so she demands a psychiatrist is brought in on the case. Unfortunately, William himself falls into obsessive, unrequited love with the person he is supposed to be protecting. But, he is also much too awkward to do anything about it.

Dr James uses the latest forensic science psychology techniques to predict that the stalker will make first physical contact during the Prime Minister's keynote speech at Mansion House.

What hampers the police attempts to track the stalker, is that mysteriously, he (or she) seems to possess unique inside knowledge on the Forensic Science of stalking. This helps them relentlessly elude capture. Gerrard, the Assistant Commissioner for the Metropolitan Police , remains ever skeptical about the role of psychiatry, and continues to be convinced that this is really a terrorist plot. 

Yet William maintains this is a case of severe psychological dysfunction - a love obsessive - a loner. The plot intertwines with another stalker, on the other side of the world, who is pursuing the world's biggest Rock Star - a young, initially painfully shy girl, who found unexpected fame after winning a reality pop music competition TV show that has overtaken 'Britain's Got Talent' and 'The X Factor' in the ratings. 

But 'Dread', as she is now known around the world, appears transformed by fame into a spoilt brat, who stubbornly refuses to follow any security advice. As the Pop Star prepares for a Diva’s ultimate global audience, scheduled to dwarf Live Aid and Band Aid, a concert opened by the Home Secretary, uncovering the truth, becomes a desperate race against time. 

Vinyl Records