The Conversations We Should Be Having About Anti-Depressants

Natasha Barrett | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Natasha Barrett

Being able to admit that you need anti-depressants and ask for the help, let alone openly talk about it, makes you a strong person in itself and mental health needs to start being taken as seriously as physical illness so people are encouraged to feel comfortable with it.

Women Share Medication Selfies To Prove There's No Shame In Getting Help

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

"The best things I've done have been while medicated; the worst when I have not. Ain't no shame in my game," writes Instagram user Sare Tucker. Tuc...

Hope Can End Your Mental Health Suffering

Charlie Evans | Posted 03.07.2015 | 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.

Did You Know You Can Get Free Calpol On The NHS?

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Parents

Parents have discovered that the NHS will cover the cost of some children's over-the-counter medication, such as Calpol, after one mother's Facebook p...

When Hospital Isn't the Safest Place to Be

Steve Ford | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK
Steve Ford

From January 2013 to December 2014 people with Parkinson's were subject to over 3,300 avoidable medication errors in hospitals across England. Almost 600 of these caused discernible harm including increased pain, severe rigidity and hallucinations.

Being Bipolar: A Dangerous View on the Illness

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

You wouldn't tell someone with diabetes not to take their medication, and you shouldn't do that to someone with bipolar either. It is a serious illness that needs to be treated seriously.

ADHD: Myth or Reality

Bob Morgan | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Bob Morgan

Dr Wariyar talked about many aspects of ADHD - including of course - the core symptoms. Inattention - difficulty in giving attention to detail - not appearing to listen - difficulty in completing a task - not following through on instructions.

Things You Should You Know About Taking Medication

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

I thought I was maybe nearing my way to remission. I thought I had got to a point where the illness didn't define my life any more, where it didn't disable me. I thought I had it under control.

Depression Is Embarrassing

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

We've come a long way in recent times in our ability to talk about mental health. Increasingly people are able to admit when they're struggling, to realise that they need help, and we're slowly, albeit too slowly for my liking, chipping away at the stigma that surrounds mental illness. But then something like this pops up.

Where do We Draw the Line on Help and Support for People With Mental Illness?

Phill Hudson | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Phill Hudson

Where do we draw the line on help and support for people with Mental illness? I ask this question because I have seen what happens when families and friends say enough is enough you're in this on your own!

Why Flying Ryanair Can Make You Happy

Danny McCubbin | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny McCubbin

Last Friday I had followed my own advice and everything was going smoothly but then for some reason I started feeling agitated at everything that was happening around me. Why was the bloke next to me hogging both armrests? Why was the flight attendant so angry and snappy with the customers?

Are Ya Bad? Or Are Ya Bad Bad?

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

Hubby pointed out once that there may be people reading this who are trying to understand what someone who is depressed is going through, why they are acting the way they are, and I hope I've been able to give you some insight into that. I'm sure it's different for everyone, but for me, this is how it manifests.

Borderline Personality Disorder

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

When I'm depressed it's really pronounced - I can go from ok to dangerously low to barely contained anger in a matter of hours. When I'm well, my mood tends to follow those around me - if I'm with people who are in good form, I'm in good form. If there's stress or angst around me, I take it on. As Therapist described it today, I'm a chameleon when it comes to mood.

New Treatments For Depression Reported Beyond Prozac And Proloft

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A new study looking at what causes depression may open the door to new treatments beyond antidepressants such as Prozac and Zoloft. Reporting in t...

Sharing Medical Data Is Not Okay

Danielle Lowe | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

There are many issues about sharing a persons personal medical data with other organisations and companies, some issues are big and others are much smaller. For me, it causes many issues. I'm not afraid to share with the world that I have a heart condition, caused by a lack of fibrillin gene meaning my aorta just keeps expanding. In fact, that's pretty rare in itself, admitting it can stop people wanting to hire me, because even though it's controlled - I pose too much of a risk.

Nanoparticles Pills 'Could Replace Current Injectable Cancer And Diabetes Medication'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Nanoparticle pills could one day replace a host of medications for diseases such as diabetes and cancer that now have to be injected, research suggest...

Surf Lessons Are Being Prescribed To Help Low Self-Esteem And Depression

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

It sounds like a flippant concept - offering young people surfing lessons to help combat their depression and low self-esteem - but it's encouraging n...

The One With the Mental Health

Georgy Jamieson | Posted 22.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Georgy Jamieson

Telling people I have depression and I take medication for it has been one of the most liberating things I've ever done. I refuse to hide in a corner. So I talk about it. Because talking about it helps me heal and it, hopefully, stops the rest of the world being embarrassed and treating mental health as something we don't mention.

'Poop Pills' Made From Faeces Help Cure Deadly Illness

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Pills made from faecal matter - or 'poop pills' as they are more affectionately known - are successfully treating patients with a deadly disease, acco...

Why the Taboo on Prozac is So Last Century

Esther Rich | Posted 05.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Esther Rich

Unlike a lot of people in today's society, I will happily admit to taking anti-depressants. A mental illness is just that - an illness, which needs treating. If I had a physical ailment I wouldn't think twice about taking the medication, so I don't understand why there is such a taboo on medication for mental illnesses.

One Third Of Us Need Painkillers To Go To Work

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Almost two in five painkiller users need medication just so they can go to work, a healthcare charity has said. Nuffield Health warned that long-te...

Faster Cancer Treatment To Be Rolled Out Nationwide

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Cancer patients can now get vital treatment in just five minutes instead of two hours after a new injection procedure was trialled by a hospital. P...

Aspirin Linked To Elderly Blindness

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Regular use of aspirin can more than double the risk of a leading cause of blindness in older people, research suggests. Scientists found a signifi...

Why NICE Mustn't Withdraw Severe Asthma Treatment That Gave Me My Life Back

Sophie May | Posted 23.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie May

The doctors at the hospital sat my mother down and told her there was nothing else they could do, that my body was shutting down and that I was going to die. That was it - I was going to die because of asthma. It sounds crazy but sadly over 1100 people do die from asthma every year.

Painkillers Cause Headaches - Finding Another Way

Laura Knowles | Posted 19.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Knowles

Painkillers can't be considered as a cure for headaches. They block the pain receptors that are giving the brain the message that there is a problem. Painkillers are not addressing the problem of where the headache is really coming from.