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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.

How to Overcome a 'Simple' Phobia Like Fear of Heights, Dogs or Enclosed Spaces

Dan Roberts | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dan Roberts

Are you scared of spiders? Dogs? Heights? If so, you are certainly not alone. Around 10 million people in the UK are thought to suffer from a 'simple' phobia (also known as a 'specific' phobia, because you are scared of one, specific thing, rather than suffering from more generalised anxiety).

Is Your Problem Actually a Solution?

Alice Grist | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Grist

The cold weather that meant you had to change into a warmer coat, which then made you late. And who knows what this little delay in your schedule caused you to miss, maybe a bad bout of traffic, maybe an accident? Perhaps as the result of this you met a lady at the bus stop who you wouldn't usually see. Maybe she inspired you?

Why Is the Prescription of Anti-Depressants on the Rise in the UK?

Dr Nicholas M. Almond | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nicholas M. Almond

The question is whether these drugs are really treating the condition (or the symptoms) and whether the NHS should do more to enable counselling and therapy?

How Massage Helped Me Meditate

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle

I’ve dabbled in meditation and had countless massages. But I’ve never experienced both at the same time. Hence a double whammy combining the t...

The Battle for Minds in Syria

Jawad Yaqub | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK Politics
Jawad Yaqub

That people in Syria are dying is obvious: a casual eye cast over the newstands confirm what we all suspect. The society there is being torn apart thr...

Why Trying to Ignore Upsetting Thoughts Only Makes The Worry or Anxiety Worse

Dan Roberts | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dan Roberts

If you are suffering from an anxiety disorder - such as health anxiety, social phobia, generalised anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or post-traumatic stress disorder - or are just plain worried, you are likely to be plagued by anxiety-provoking, 'intrusive thoughts'.

Forget About Blue Monday - Depression Is All in the Mind

Dan Roberts | Posted 22.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dan Roberts

Granted, January is a pretty gloomy month (I was shocked to see a blue sky today, having forgotten what one looked like), but why is that particular day more depressing than any other? Well, of course, it's not. Blue Monday was actually invented by a psychologist to help promote some travel company.

Why Our Christmas Fantasy Can Ruin the Reality

Dan Roberts | Posted 12.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Dan Roberts

At no other time of year is the gap between our fantasy of how things should be and the reality of how they really are wider than at Christmas. The bo...

Why the Government is Failing on Mental Health

Dan Roberts | Posted 13.01.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Roberts

I think that, as a society, the shocking level of treatment for some of our most vulnerable members should make us all angry - and that this anger should propel us all to take action, in whatever way we see fit, until we remedy this deplorable situation.

Let's Talk OCD: How Do They Treat It?

Jamie Lewis | Posted 15.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Jamie Lewis

Having sat in on a number of CBT sessions for OCD after being wrongly-diagnosed with a strange form of the illness - religiously over-thinking, later diagnosed as a form of social anxiety - I began to see what was happening to these people's lives.

Personality Disorder - What Is it, and What Does Diagnosis Mean?

Dr. Sohom Das | Posted 18.03.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Sohom Das

Know somebody that you just cannot get on with? Does their behaviour irritate and confuse you? Are they generally a massive pain in the distal digestive tract? There is always the possibility that they have a personality disorder. If, however, everybody you know seems like this... maybe you do!

How to Beat the January Blues

Dan Roberts | Posted 05.03.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Dan Roberts

Let's be honest, January is a gloomy old month. Christmas and new year frivolity are in the distant past, but everyone's broke because we're still paying for them.

Feeling Depressed? Five Simple Steps to Lift Your Mood

Dan Roberts | Posted 19.12.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Dan Roberts

It's natural for your mood to fluctuate - everyone feels a little down sometimes. But when that low mood persists for days or weeks, you may be suffering from depression. Here are five of the most helpful strategies I have found for clients suffering from the condition.

When We Are Stressed or Depressed, Why Do We Resist Getting Better?

Dan Roberts | Posted 01.11.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Dan Roberts

Why would anyone choose to be unhappy? It's a tough question to answer, but one all therapists must wrestle with on a daily basis.