Psychiatry V Psychology - A Consumer's View

Lucy Nichol | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Nichol

Have you seen the Twitter war? The psychologists v psychiatrists war of words in 140 characters. It can be as caustic as JK Rowling v Donald Trump, except in this war, as far as I can tell, there isn't an obvious bad guy. And in this war, capital letters are only used for diagnoses and prescription pills.

What The CIA Taught Me About Mental Health

Lee Carnihan | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lee Carnihan

Having greater awareness of the bias, context and intent behind a question might help us better understand the nature of why we feel, think and behave the way we do, and therefore help us better decide what to do next.

Misophonia - Coping With Anger From Noises Other People Make

Dr Phil Lurie | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Phil Lurie

Misophonia, meaning a 'hatred of sounds', has become quite the click-bait darling e.g. "Want to know why you hate other people chewing?" In fact, many of the referrals I receive are from those who have searched online for their condition and then self-diagnosed

Misophonia And Panic Attack Sufferers - Are Your Brains Really Hard-Wired?

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Cunningham

My suspicion is that because brain imaging can trace a brain response from a trigger such as sound to an emotion such as anger, scientists are saying that it is a done deal. Look, there is the link on the screen, those links are how things are, no cure.

Time To Talk About Mental Health, But Who Do We Talk To?

Jeremy Christey | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK
Jeremy Christey

How Finding Our Alternative Voice Can improve our mental health We know talking with others improves our well-being and helps to prevent feelings of ...

Move Over Meditation

Samantha Glass | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
 Samantha Glass

With a 32% increase in diagnosed mental health conditions in adults since 2007 and 92% of students feeling mentally distressed, it is of significant importance that we are constantly exploring different ways in which societies mental well-being can be improved as a whole.

Can An App Really Help Your Agoraphobia?

Samantha Glass | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Tech
 Samantha Glass

Imagine waking up in the morning and being unable to take a step outside, imagine not being able to pop down to your local store or leave the house to visit family and friends. This is reality for those experiencing agoraphobia. The mere thought of leaving an individual's 'safe space' can result in a full blown panic attack.

What If?

Eric Lampaert | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Comedy
Eric Lampaert

Since receiving the help I desperately needed, I am happy and in control. My anxiety will never truly go away. I still have my bad days. People sometimes don't understand why I spend all day sulking in the corner. It's OK if you don't understand. We're all a bit different. What if you need a little mental health care? What if you know someone who needs it? What will you do?

Why CBT Alone Does Not Help in a Crisis

Karin Sieger | Posted 10.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

From experience, I find that for this well proven technique to work best certain other boxes need to be ticked first. We need to be emotionally and mentally ready for CBT. Confused? Let me explain.

Ellie Goulding Opens Up About Anxiety And Panic Attack Struggles

The Huffington Post | Ashley Percival | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK Entertainment

Ellie Goulding has opened up about her battle with anxiety and panic attacks. The singer has told of how she underwent cognitive behavioural therapy ...

The Misleading Research at the Heart of Disability Cuts

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

In the wake of the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith, the UK Government's attack on disability benefits has only just started to receive mainstream cov...

I Wish I Knew...

Ashleigh Mitchell | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ashleigh Mitchell

If someone had told me that I was in an abusive relationship, I wouldn't have believed them. It's only now that I am out of it that I can really see it for what it was. There were no beatings but that doesn't mean there was no abuse.

My Recovery From Being Sexually Abused By Six Men Can Be an Example to Others

Penny Parks | Posted 18.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Penny Parks

My adult clients usually made their first request for help to their GP. Often they would tell me how they received little empathy, with doctors casually dismissing the experience as a childhood event and something that shouldn't bother them anymore.

Managing Social Anxiety and Party Phobia During the 'Social Season'

Professor Ewan Gillon | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Ewan Gillon

This time of year is popular for social engagements such as office parties, fun get-togethers with friends and festive family gatherings. But for many sufferers of social anxiety, this can be the most traumatic time of the year. While many people look forward to a good knees-up, those with social anxieties may experience feelings of dread as the party season approaches.

Did Disney Ruin My Relationship?

Claudia Prothero | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Claudia Prothero

Disney films seem to have fed my tendency towards being perfectionistic in relationships. In Disney the prince is always handsome, kind and perfect. He doesn't get impatient and shout at you because a toddler has been winding him up all day.

Big Boys Don't Cry

Paul Farmer | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Farmer

We need to get to the point that men feel as at ease talking about their mental health as they would a broken arm. We need to help men equate seeking help not with weakness, but with doing something that shows courage and strength. It is, after all, profoundly brave to face up to something as stigmatised as a mental health problem. Ultimately, we have to acknowledge that big boys can and do cry. And that's okay.

How to Take Charge of Your Anxiety

Professor Ewan Gillon | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Ewan Gillon

Anxiety affects different people in different ways, but some of the most common symptoms are: a dry mouth, pounding heart, feeling breathless, fatigue or difficulty sleeping, dizziness and headaches, lack of concentration, needing the toilet frequently, constant worrying, irritability, and nausea.

I Reluctantly Practised the Science of Happiness for a Week - And It Works

Nitya Rajan | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Tech
Nitya Rajan

This week, I tried something I have not done before. Everyday, I made it a point to find five good things to think about at the end of the day... Finding five good things may not change the colour of your day but it could help you get on a less negative train of thought and maybe one day, we will be quicker to see silver linings.

Hope Can End Your Mental Health Suffering

Charlie Evans | Posted 02.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Evans

My anxiety and depressive episodes in recent years have impacted upon my life considerably. But finally, there is light at the end of the tunnel. I write to offer a message of hope, a message that hopefully will resonate with many mental health sufferers. It gets better.

Anxiety and Panic - Don't Suffer in Silence

Rhiannon Dance | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rhiannon Dance

The only way to beat anxiety disorders is to get to know yourself, properly. Admitting you have a problem is different to owning that problem and understanding the conflict between your brain and body.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Is Not Always the Answer for Anxiety and Depression

Joanna Cates | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK
Joanna Cates

There is however a large number of people whose symptoms of anxiety and depression are caused by a myriad of other factors and for whom CBT is not necessarily the panacea it is sometimes promised to be.

We Don't Really Know Why or How Psychological Treatments Work, and We Need To

Cynthia Joyce | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Cynthia Joyce

The development of effective and evidence-based psychological treatments is one of the major triumphs of the last decades. And based on this triumph, some folks say we don't really need to know why they work, we just need more of them. But that is jumping the gun on policy, and may just further embed the status quo into our management of mental health problems.

Mind Over Platter: How to Keep Eating Healthily

Rachel Kelly | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Kelly

Even if you know what you should eat, it is still hard to break old habits. It's not what you are eating, but what's eating you. For me, and I suspect it is the same for most people, our attitude to food is as much about emotion as it is about satisfying hunger.

How to Beat Perfectionism... and be the Best!

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Cunningham

For some perfectionism is an internal wasteland where all positives are ignored and life is like wading through treacle. For others perfectionism makes the outside world never enough and disappointment poisons most activities and relationships. Perfectionists walk a tightrope where impending disaster is held at bay with extreme effort.

A Social Taboo Uncovered

Alex Geraghty | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Geraghty

An intensive course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) along with strong support from a close network of family and friends has helped me regain control of my life. It is clear now that if it were not for the persistent efforts of others, I would not be where I am today.