In the recent HARDtalk interview given by Writer, performer and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax has talked about the addictive side of show business and why she left her career as a comedian to study neuroscience.
The questions regarding her own troubled childhood were also raised during the interview and how her learning of the brain’s functions has helped her to raise her own kids. Ruby told how her husband used to tell her kids that she was away shooting for a documentary while she was actually disturbed.
Ruby also discussed about the negative effects that pressure can cast on mental functions by giving some clichéd advice and acknowledged it as one herself also but then went onto emphasizing on how some of them are still helpful. While giving examples she pointed out to teachers that stressing students to study is detrimental to their memory and taking 20 minute breaks between study sessions and actually listen to music while listening to it etc. She however didn’t accept all conventions in mental health treatment today and also broke the myth around some of them.