Category: Depression

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Where do local people turn to for counselling or psychotherapy? We are in a time when mental health is increasingly recognised as one of the most debilitating illnesses that causes immense distress to many people At a recent meeting the question of how a person would go about locating aRead More

Mental illness mostly caused by life events not genetics, argue psychologists

When a third of all G.P. surgery consultations relate to mental health problems and a half of all adults experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives why is it that the MRC (Medical Health Council) allocate only 3% of their annual research budget on mental healthRead More

Suppressing traumatic memories can cause amnesia, research suggests

It has long been understood in the world of psychotherapy that traumatic experience frequently leads to suppression of unwanted memories. These unwanted memories become locked away in a kind of time capsule, blocked from consciousness these traumatic experiences continue to exist in a person’s subconscious; simultaneously many emotional states orRead More

Talking therapies can be better than pills, but you have to find the right one

Talking therapies can be seen as a viable alternative to the over-medicalisation of mental health conditions. However, if something has real effectiveness, a transformative power to change life, it also has the ability to make things worse if it is misapplied, the wrong treatment or  done incorrectly. Letting someone pokeRead More

Medicalising unhappiness: new classification of depression risks more patients being put on drug treatment from which they will not benefit

Extracts taken from the British Medical Journal (BMJ 2013;347:f7140 doi: 10.1136/bmj.f7140 (Published 9 December 2013) In England, antidepressant prescribing increased at over 10% each year between 1998 and 2010, a rise far greater than for any other psychiatric medication. Descriptions of a mental condition can be interpreted in so many ways dependingRead More