Category: Mental health

Blogs about mental health

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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

Why Talk to a Therapist?

Why indeed? What’s so different from speaking with a friend? Why should a person pay for someone else to listen? Friends and relatives may certainly be of help and support in many instances and their contribution should never be undervalued. However the unique advantage a therapist has over these closeRead 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

Dangers of Meditation

Meditation is great for our well being – but does it carry any dangers? Article by Itai Ivtzan Ph.D.    Psychology Today 11 March 2016  In this article Itai Ivtzan argues there could be potential risks to certain individuals, These include: Facing dormant or buried emotions. One profound  experience  encountered during meditationRead 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

Eating Disorder Awareness Week: Lesser known conditions that are ‘just as serious’ as anorexia and bulimia

  Independent 23rd Feb 2016: Kashmira Gander   Hundreds of thousands of people in the UK are dealing with eating disorders, and attempting to cope with skewed attitudes towards food and obsessive behaviours. This article brings into focus several other types of eating disorders which are equally as serious Anorexia nervosa, where a person restrictsRead More

Can obesity be viewed as an eating disorder in the same way as anorexia?

Obesity is an eating disorder just like anorexia – and it’s time we started treating it that way. In an article published in the Independent 23rd Feb 2016 Natasha Devon argues that obesity is just as much an eating disorder as anorexia. She raises a very important case on how societyRead More

Moving animated video shows reality of living with ADHD from a child’s perspective

In this  animation a boy living with ADHD faces several challenges throughout his day, such as struggling in class, difficulties in society and everyday interactions. WATCH HERE

Mental illness is a result of misery, yet still we stigmatise it: Richard Bentall

In this excellent article in the Guardian 26th Feb 2016 Christina Patterson provides a deeply insightful report on the current state of mental health as viewed from a psychiatric standpoint. It matters how we talk and think about mental health. Get it wrong, and people can end up being misled,Read More