Thinking of a solution to these concerns brings us back to how professionals need to treat people as people first. The same comes to therapy and treatment. Whilst research into evidence-best practice is vital in the immensely under-researched sphere of mental health, the biggest source of evidence as to what might work for any one person is the person themselves.
My regular slips back into addiction has also taught me that there is nothing to be ashamed of if you also slip, or even develop another addiction to take the place of the original one. The human body is built to become addicted, and it's not weakness to give in to that.
The belief that talking about our feelings somehow equates to weakness is something that has been a longstanding feature in society. As with any deep-seated beliefs, breaking the cycle requires turning off the auto-pilot response, changing our behaviour and opening channels of communication.
Look around you on social media, or in the news, or in a lifestyle magazine, or on a breakfast show or in fact literally anywhere and you would be forgiven for thinking that we have become a society of Amazonian athletes.
It's disheartening to hear, almost on a daily basis, from people who are diagnosed with prediabetes, or even Type 2 diabetes, that when visiting their local GP they are being advised to include large portions of starchy carbs in their diet.
When trying for a baby, there are so many factors that couples take into account, especially when they've been trying for sometime or are undergoing fertility treatments such as IUI, IVF (In-Vitro Fertilisation) and ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injections).
How healthy is your gut? If you struggle with ongoing digestive symptoms its time to take action. What's more the latest research is revealing the state of our gut bacteria may be the key to boosting weight loss
One of the hardest things I had to come to terms with from my physical injuries after the train crash, was the scarring left after my wounds had healed. My face, hands and legs are all scarred and over the years I have come to accept them as being part of me and the person I am. However, what if there was a possibility that scarring from injury could be a thing of the past?
My family were my motivation for getting my health back, I make no secret about it. They are also the reason I know I need to maintain my health... Here are some of the key practices I believe that as parents we can have to keep our families fit and healthy.
Whether you're taking a stroll in a local park, or setting off on your own personal mountain odyssey, walking gives you both physical and mental distance from whatever issues may be bothering you.
I can honestly say that, without cancer, I may not have survived. How so? Because cancer forces you to look into the face of death. If you are lucky enough to escape its clutches, surviving can re-awaken the lightness in your soul. I learned to embrace the beauty of the scary situation I found myself in.
With more and more of us going to see a therapist, how do you find the best therapist for you? Having made the decision to be brave and smart enough to seek help in the first place and perhaps selecting the type of therapy that best suits your needs, how do you go about choosing the one you want to work with?
It was in this context that I embarked on a project to provide a voice for these women and to gain a greater understanding of the socio-economic risks they face on a day-to-day basis, supported by the AXA Research Fund. PILI, a feature length drama, is a film based on the testimony of 85 local women from the Pwani region of Tanzania.
I wish I could find the right words to express how it felt completing my first two live shows, as I stepped back on stage for gigs at The Vortex and PizzaExpress Jazz Club over the last month. After the dark year of recovery from cancer, I had returned to health to fulfil my lifelong dream... and at the age of 72.
Sport is the elephant in the room for physical activity policy. Its absence of sport in discussions of health promotion seems surprising as for centuries it has been heralded as a fun way of getting fitter and healthier.
As a junior doctor in occupational health - a medical specialty concerned with health at work, I spend a significant proportion of my time coaching and supporting my junior doctor colleagues who in this current climate, are particularly vulnerable to the insurmountable workplace and training demands coupled with seemingly never-ending warfare between the government and the BMA.