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A blog about mental health, including depression, stress, post-natal depression and premenstrul syndrome and association conditions.

Dangers of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) formerly known as legal highs

20Sep

This video tells the very tragic story of Laurence, the son of a lovely family I know who live on the same street as me. On the 1st anniversary of Laurence’s passing (19.09.15), please share this video with your family … Continue reading

  

8 Apps for Your Emotional Health

23Aug

The pace of our life speeds up constantly. The environment we live in today is safer, but ironically, much more stressful and hectic than the world of our ancestors. Our smartphones alone cause enough troubles and distractions to drive us … Continue reading

  

How a skin condition like psoriasis can affect your body image and what to do about it

27Jul

Your body image is how you perceive yourself when you look at your reflection in the mirror or when you think about the way you look.  How accurately your body image matches the way others actually see you is dependent … Continue reading

  

Best Apps for Healthy Sleep for You and Your Children

20Jul

Sleep deprivation is a worldwide problem of our time. Although the recommended amount of sleep is 8 hours daily for adults and about 10 hours for school-aged children, an average grown-up barely sleeps 6 hours a day. As for teenagers, … Continue reading

  

Facing the world with psoriasis

2Jun

I have much admiration for those who are able to face the world, psoriasis and all.  It takes a kind of courage I often lack.  I’ve had lots of unpleasant encounters due my psoriasis, not to mention the sympathy and … Continue reading

  

Mindfulness for psoriasis

17May

The exciting news is that mindfulness can help if you have psoriasis. But what is it and how does it work? Mindfulness is a meditation technique where you focus your mind on the present moment and appreciate now rather than … Continue reading

  

5 Ways Travel Can Be Good For Your Health

7May

We all know that travel is good for the soul. But what impact can travel have on your health?   1) Boost Your Mood People report feeling happier when they go on holiday more often. That’s probably fairly obvious. Not … Continue reading

  

Rosacea awareness month

22Apr

Make up artist to the stars Sarah Jagger and influential blogger Emma from Emma & Three

Did you know that April is Rosacea Awareness month? Do you know what rosacea is? You might not be surprised to know that almost 40% of the people who have completed our rosacea survey have not heard of the condition. And yet … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: Revelations about the Quality of Mental Health Care for Young People and a Breakthrough in Cancer Treatment

12Apr

Children and teenagers are being let down by the medical establishment, two new reports argue

Two stories that have dominated the health news over the last few days share a common theme: that young people with mental health problems are being let down by the medical establishment in the UK. An edition of the BBC’s … Continue reading

  

What is it like to wake up in a Psychiatric Hospital?

30Mar

I wake up from a long deep slumber, I’ve been sleeping in a large comfortable double bed. I’m not at home because my room is only home to a childlike single. The room I’m in is similar to a medium … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: Printing Body Parts, Mental Health, and the ‘War’ over Junior Doctors’ Contracts

16Feb

A major new report on the state of mental health care in the UK was released this week

In the last few weeks, the NHS has been going through one of the most turbulent periods in its recent history. As you will probably have already seen, the struggles continued last week even as the crisis over junior doctors’ … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: Children’s Mental Health, and How Much do You Cost the NHS?

9Feb

How much have you cost the NHS?

After weeks of debate and strikes, the NHS continues to dominate the news this week. For a start, junior doctors are due to strike again tomorrow (Wednesday 10th February), over the ongoing dispute about proposed changes to their contracts. A … Continue reading

  

This week in health news: Terry Wogan, the Zika virus, and more

2Feb

The Zika virus is know to be carried by a certain kind of mosquito commonly known as the Yellow Fever Mosquito

Some very sad news hit us at talkhealth along with the rest of the UK on Sunday: that Sir Terry Wogan had died of cancer at the age of 77. The legendary broadcaster had a short battle with cancer and … Continue reading

  

Should mental health be taught in primary schools?

22Jan

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Far from being a problem exclusively suffered by adults, mental health issues affect children too. According to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health around one in ten youngsters suffer from mental health problems, with 75% of these not … Continue reading

  

Depression and Pain: Are They Really Linked?

5Jan

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It is estimated that 1 in 4 of us will experience some kind of mental health problem during our lives, with depression being the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder in the United Kingdom. Mentally and physically draining, depression can seriously … Continue reading

  

Sugar Consumption

21Dec

Our Love Affair With Sugar: Sweet Treat or Public Enemy Number One? Sugar is getting a lot of negative press of late. Books like David Gillespie’s “Sweet Poison” and Dr. Robert Lustig and John Yudkin’s “Pure, White, and Deadly” have … Continue reading

  

Does the ‘Season of goodwill’ truly apply to all?

9Dec

Christians and atheists alike are all looking forward to Christmas. We are lucky to live in a multicultural and diverse-religion society and although not all religions celebrate Christmas, the air of  festivity is felt throughout the land. As a nation … Continue reading

  

3 Signs You May Have Anxiety Disorder

29Nov

I was about the age of 25 when I was diagnosed with having anxiety attacks. Anxiety attacks are also known as panic attacks. There are several symptoms of suffering from anxiety disorder. However the symptoms varies from different people. I … Continue reading

  

Stress and Self Medicating: A Deadly Combination

17Nov

There is no denying the fact that stress can be very damaging to a person’s physical and mental well-being. Stress is common and isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however, when a person is unable to handle it effectively it can … Continue reading

  

What’s on your mind?

5Oct

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Are you aware that Monday 12 October marks the opening of the talkhealth online clinic on Mental Health? Good mental health means feeling good about life and feeling good about yourself. There have been recent articles in the press about … Continue reading

  

Were you aware ?

1Sep

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Yesterday was August Bank Holiday in the UK, for me it was a fairly wet dull day. It was also International Overdose Awareness Day, the aim of which is to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug … Continue reading

  

What Does Healthy Really Mean Anyway?!

2Jul

“Healthy”. That word is everywhere. But what is and isn’t “healthy” seems to change from one day to the next. You know what I mean… Once upon a time, fat was the enemy, low-fat was the way forward and half … Continue reading

  

I Know My Last Blog Post was the "Final" One But…

29Mar

I’m using this blog to ask for donations to my Just Giving page because it gets loads more hits than my new blog does. To cut a long story short, I’m running 5k for charity next month and would love … Continue reading

  

5 Ways To Get Happy This Spring

20Mar

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  Today is both International Day of Happiness and the first day of spring!   There is so much to smile about now spring is finally here and studies show that happier people live longer and enjoy better overall health. … Continue reading

  

The Invisibility Cloak

19Feb

I didn’t gain weight accidentally.  I didnt gain weight because I simply couldn’t resist the chocolate or couln’t be bothered to exercise. I didn’t gain weight by having my four children. It didn’t creep up on me.  I gained weight … Continue reading

  

The FEELS

30Dec

When I started writing about my weight loss journey I imagined myself sitting at my laptop being witty and wise and hopefully inspirational. Whats happened is Ive opened a can of worms where my feelings about my metamorphasis have bubbled … Continue reading

  

The Magic Pill

21Dec

Ive traveled the country chatting to many different groups about my weight loss journey and the various issues surrounding weight.  At the end there is a Q&A session and there are two questions that ALWAYS pop up.  I’ve got to … Continue reading

  

Managing Xmas Emotions after Loss

15Dec

Christmas, for so many, is a time for celebration, giving and receiving – and sharing time with those we love. But, for so many others an inevitable fact of life is that most of us will at some stage face … Continue reading

  

So Long Schizophrenia! My Final Blog Post Here

16Nov

I’ve come to a big decision regarding this blog. Over the last two and a half years, I have written many blog posts about schizophrenia, hospital stays and my battles with mental health problems in the past and I believe … Continue reading

  

Staying Connected In a Lonely World

7Nov

It appears ironic that in this age of information and our ability to engage more freely, we are perhaps ever more lonely – in our physical connectedness.  +294   

  

Mental ill-health & stroke – the hidden consequence

29Oct

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As most now know Robin Williams committed suicide.  I think the immediate comments on Twitter summed up the widespread ignorance of the impact of severe depression and anxiety in our society when one wrote, ‘So What has Robin Williams got … Continue reading

  

Am I Being Given Placebos?

17Oct

This is bordering on conspiracy theory territory and it may at first sound like I’m delusional. But hear me out before coming to any conclusions!One of the medications I currently take is quetiapine XL. I’ve taken it three times in … Continue reading

  

A New Video and Huffington Post

11Oct

The last few days have been incredible. On Thursday, I was contacted by Huffington Post and asked if I would consent to them using one of my blog posts as part of their focus on schizophrenia for Mental Health Awareness … Continue reading

  

Managing Anxiety within Parenthood

8Oct

Emotions associated with anxiety are commonly felt at many times in our lives, arguably some of the strongest become evident when we ourselves become parents. Why might this be? Nurture or nature So many of the clients I meet will … Continue reading

  

Stress & Anxiety at Work- survey results

7Oct

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In September we ran a survey based around stress and anxiety at work. The results were inciteful. We found that: 66% of people experience stress & anxiety at work frequently, and 21% experience stress and anxiety continuously. Stress and anxiety … Continue reading

  

Hello Depression, My Old Friend

6Oct

You’ve come to torture me again… Depression is something I have had an on-off relationship with since I was thirteen. And for the past six weeks or so, the relationship is back on. In simple terms, I’m depressed again.The timing … Continue reading

  

My Experiences With Suicidal Thoughts

19Sep

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When I was 15 I attempted to kill myself. In a very typical story I was ground down by school, home and in an abusive relationship with an older man. There seemed to be no end, no escape that I … Continue reading

  

A Day in the Life of a Paranoid Schizophrenic

18Sep

It’s 9:45 am when my mum comes into my room to wake me up. This is early for me. Despite my medication being quite sedating, I’m rarely asleep before 1 am. And because of the sedation, I need at least … Continue reading

  

Has Antipsychotic Medication Made Me Worse?

10Sep

The first time I took psychotropic medication was when I was 18. I had been suffering with depression for about two years and I was finally given help in the form of a prescription for fluoxetine (Prozac). I was put … Continue reading

  

My Story

23Aug

My problems with my mental health started when I was 13. Not long after I started my third year of high school, I started suffering from depression. My problems worsened when I started being bullied, and this bullying lasted for … Continue reading

  

Stress at work raises diabetes risk by 45%….

18Aug

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An interesting article appeared in the Mail Online today stating that not only can being stressed at work make you feel tired, grumpy and stressed, it can also significantly increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes – even if you’re not … Continue reading

  

When Did I Need Help?

9Aug

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When it comes to this question, the answer for all three of my conditions seems to be “months before I actually tried to get any”. It’s pretty much the case of everyone I meet, a total reversal of hypochondriacs and … Continue reading

  

Sorry for the Absence

29Jul

You may or may not have noticed that I’ve been silent on the blog and Twitter front for a while. This has been for personal reasons but now I’ve decided to come back. A few people messaged me to ask … Continue reading

  

NHS Accident and Emergency Update

7Jul

It has been some time since I last posted on Talk Health, the delay has simply been down to pressure of work and also I suppose partly a dearth of decent topics on which to expound. However I ended up … Continue reading

  

When Intrusive Thoughts turn Problematic

1Jun

*Trigger Warning* This blog post talks openly about suicidal thoughts and other matters that could be triggering so please don’t read any further if you are likely to be affected. Everybody gets intrusive thoughts. It’s the content and intensity of … Continue reading

  

Ten Things Not to Say to a Person with Schizophrenia

13May

I’ve seen a few of these types of blog post around, for various mental health problems, so I thought I’d do one for schizophrenia. These are ten things I’ve heard from people that, although sometimes said to try and help, … Continue reading

  

Mental Health Foundation report highlights how increasing levels of anxiety are affecting the health and wellbeing of the nation

12May

New survey for Mental Health Awareness Week reveals nearly half (47%) of people in Britain say they get more anxious than they used to Almost 1 in 5 (19%) feel anxious a lot or all the time Money, finance and … Continue reading

  

Exam Pressure – Helping Out the Kids!

8May

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Kids at the age of seven appear to be doing their exams at the moment. It appears that they are being put under lots of pressure. Parents are reporting to me that their kids are experiencing tantrums, sleepless nights, crying…in … Continue reading

  

An Interview on Radio 2

6May

This afternoon, I did an interview on BBC Radio 2 about my experiences of being sectioned. The interview stemmed from a news story about how mental health patients sometimes have to travel hundreds of miles to receive care. That story … Continue reading

  

Shocking news head lines today

6May

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There are some big health stories in the news today after the long bank holiday weekend . As we all know health problems never abide by the Mon-Fri 9-5:30 rule and the more we educate ourselves about the issues we … Continue reading

  

Back on Meds…

28Apr

Those who have read my blog or Twitter recently will know that I came off my medication a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, things headed south quite quickly and as a result, I am now taking risperidone. I’m still gutted by … Continue reading

  

A Third Interview on BBC Radio 5 Live

21Apr

On Friday, I did another interview on Radio 5 Live about the effects bullying had on me. It was quite last minute and I was again quite nervous about doing it but once I got on air, my nerves eased. … Continue reading

  

A Day of Improvements

2Apr

Today has been a good day. This morning, I was finally able to drive for the first time in around three months and while I was a little bit rusty to start with, I soon started gaining confidence. I’ve probably … Continue reading

  

The Game That Never Should Have Been Invented

27Mar

During my time in the first psychiatric hospital I was in, I noticed that the cleanliness of the ward left a lot to be desired. For one, I noticed a giant dust bunny beside my bed on the first night … Continue reading

  

Weight Gain and Medication

12Mar

Two days before I was sectioned for the first time, I needed to buy some new trousers for work. The ones I was wearing were a UK size 10, but despite using a belt, they were far too big. The … Continue reading

  

To the Bullies

3Mar

To the Bullies, You probably don’t know who you are and what you did to me, but I remember everything. The names, the taunts, the threats. I remember so much. My last three years of school were miserable due to … Continue reading

  

An Update

21Feb

I realise I’ve neither blogged nor given a real update on how things are going with me for a while. Things have been a bit chaotic here but here’s an update as to how I am. At the beginning of … Continue reading

  

Time to Talk- 6th February

6Feb

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Today marks the first ever Time to Talk day organised by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness – two of talkhealth‘s charity partners who supported our Online Clinic on Mental Health with NHS Choices back in October 2013. The aim of … Continue reading

  

Assisted Suicide Story in the Psych Ward

21Jan

WARNING: This post talks openly about suicide so please do not read if you are triggered at all by this topic. Also, SPOILER ALERT: this talks about the plot of *that* Coronation Street episode so if you haven’t watched it … Continue reading

  

Running – Couch to 5k

20Jan

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It’s been quite a while since my last blog post but I’ve lots to say about my running and the running club I co-founded in April last year – Sherfield Park Runners! In October, I completed my third ever half … Continue reading

  

Half a Day in A and E

14Jan

To those not from the UK, A and E is Accident and Emergency, also known as the Emergency Room in other countries. Also, there is talk of hospital and psych wards throughout this piece so if you are triggered by … Continue reading

  

Want To Run A Marathon? Tips To Help…

13Jan

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 So, you’ve signed up for the London Marathon? Here are some generalised training tips and knowledge to help. OK, not the London Marathon, but I do like this shot of me and the huskies on the Brecon Beacons! A marathon … Continue reading

  

Hearing and your emotional wellbeing

13Jan

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Many of us take our hearing for granted, and it’s only when a problem develops that the true impact of hearing loss becomes apparent. Hearing is a part of communication, and therefore by extension plays an important role in an … Continue reading

  

What's it Like to Hear Nasty Voices?

30Dec

This blog post is about what it is like to hear nasty voices and may contain triggers. Some people hear voices which aren’t nasty and they can have a positive experience with their voices. This is about the nasty voices … Continue reading

  

Psych Wards and the Police

15Dec

In all three of my psych ward stays, I’ve encountered the banter between patients about our situations. Patients, or rather ‘inmates’, discussing the ‘jailers’ (nurses and HCAs) and the ‘prison’ (the ward) in a jokey manner. But underneath the jokes, … Continue reading

  

My Final Psych Ward Update

15Dec

As you may have guessed from the title, I am being discharged from the psych ward soon. In fact, I’m being discharged this Tuesday (17th). It was a bit of a shock to be told last Tuesday (10th) that I … Continue reading

  

The Hidden Impact of Cancer – Dealing with the Psychological Impact of a Cancer Diagnosis

10Dec

  A few days ago I took part in two events concerning cancer and mental health. You might well ask – what has that got to do with cancer and returning to work?  My response to that is that it … Continue reading

  

Dementia biggest global health challenge facing our generation

5Dec

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In a policy brief launched today, Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) has announced that the number of people living with dementia worldwide in 2013 is now estimated at 44 million (estimated at 35 million in 2010) reaching 76 million in 2030 … Continue reading

  

How I'm Doing, Truthfully

25Nov

Today’s ward round went well, I went in hoping to get five hours of leave so was pleased when they gave me six hours. My meds are staying the same – 800 mg of quetiapine and my body is starting … Continue reading

  

My Experiences with Visual Hallucinations

18Nov

A common symptom of schizophrenia that I’ve not really written about before is visual hallucinations, AKA seeing things. I’ve written about auditory hallucinations (voices) numerous times before and even created a YouTube video on the subject, which can be found … Continue reading

  

Why I'm in Hospital, Partly

11Nov

I put some tweets out last night explaining the basics of why I’m in hospital. There may be triggers in this for some. Please be careful. So for those not on Twitter, the tweets were this:I know I’ve not said … Continue reading

  

What a Difference a Day Makes

6Nov

So yesterday, I blogged here saying about how I wasn’t 100% happy with my leave being unescorted, how I wanted to stay on my section and that I was going to move into a flat of my own. Those three … Continue reading

  

Today's Ward Round

5Nov

Just a quick update as to what happened at ward round today. My leave has gone to two hours unescorted again (as in, I can go by myself), which I’m not 100% happy with, but I did manage to go … Continue reading

  

Today's Ward Round

5Nov

Just a quick update as to what happened at ward round today. My leave has gone to two hours unescorted again (as in, I can go by myself), which I’m not 100% happy with, but I did manage to go … Continue reading

  

Depression and how to spot the signs

4Nov

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Depression is incredibly common and we all know someone (or several people) who has suffered from this problem, even if they have never shared this with us. As a GP, I see patients every day of my working week suffering … Continue reading

  

Another Huff Post Piece

1Nov

I’ve made it to the front page of the UK site of Huffington Post! I used a blog piece that had especially good feedback, tweaked it a little and sent it off. The piece can be found here: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/katy-gray/mental-patients-the-truth_b_4179147.html but if you’re … Continue reading

  

‘Understanding Male Eating Disorders’ – Places available for full day workshops

31Oct

Following the success of the Men Get Eating Disorders Too Workshop Tour 2012/13, we are putting on three full day workshops.   Places are available for individuals who are seeking an increased insight and knowledge into eating disorders in males. The … Continue reading

  

Ecominds reaps rewards for mental wellbeing

30Oct

The mental health charity Mind has released Feel Better Outside, Feel Better Inside, a report including new findings from the University of Essex showing the many benefits of ecotherapy for mental wellbeing. It has been proven to improve mental health, … Continue reading

  

The 30 Wishes Challenge

30Oct

To celebrate hitting 30,000 views on here, I decided to set myself a challenge. I wanted to see if I could come up with 30 wishes for my future. It was a real challenge coming up with 30, but I … Continue reading

  

A Psych Ward Update

28Oct

I thought I’d write a blog post about how things have been and currently are for any who aren’t on Twitter. Things seem to be looking up at long last. This last week, I’ve been allowed two hours of unescorted … Continue reading

  

The Worst Things in Psych Wards

25Oct

Psych wards are daunting places to say the least and it can take several days or even weeks to settle in. But once you do settle in, you start noticing that as well as noisy patients and intimidating staff, there … Continue reading

  

How to Survive Psych Wards

20Oct

I know I’m writing a lot about life in psych wards at the minute but it’s a topic that’s close to my heart right now. Probably because I’m in a psych ward myself at the moment! But I’m remembering my … Continue reading

  

Facing up to Triggers

18Oct

As the title suggests, I will be talking about triggers in this post. So here’s the warning to leave this blog post now if you don’t feel strong enough. When I got out of hospital in 2011 after the 17-month … Continue reading

  

The Thing About Psych Ward Patients

17Oct

The first time I was on a psych ward was in 2008 when I was 20. If I’m honest, I was petrified. In my mind, the other patients were going to murder me in my sleep or I’d have to … Continue reading

  

What's it like to be Held Down and Injected?

17Oct

This post is going to be one long potential trigger from start to finish, so please don’t read any further if this topic is likely to upset you. A lot of people with no personal experience of psych wards will … Continue reading

  

What's it like to be Sectioned?

13Oct

With all three of my psych ward stays, I’ve been brought in on a section. I’ve been brought in on a section 2 (28-day hold) twice, and a section 3 (six-month hold) once; this occasion I was brought in on … Continue reading

  

Engaging and Practicing Progressive Relaxation Using Self-Hypnosis

10Oct

Public perception of hypnosis tends to see it related to relaxation a great deal. Many people think relaxation and hypnosis are the same thing. They are not. Banyai and Hilgard (1976) showed that by having an individual exercise vigorously for … Continue reading

  

The Damaging Desire to Compare Conditions

26Sep

When it comes to longstanding medical conditions that aren’t common knowledge, it can be a real pain to make yourself understood. Sometimes it’s tempting to liken your condition to one that is more well-known but I’ve found that sometimes it … Continue reading

  

Psoriasis and me

6Sep

So I haven’t written on this blog for a while and to be honest it’s because my psoriasis has been surprisingly calm for the last few months. Last time I wrote about how I was looking for different ways to … Continue reading

  

Performance – it is all in the mind

5Aug

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As I crossed the first peak of the mountains my legs were like jelly. The wobble in my legs vibrated through my body. Then the cramps started. These were deep cramps right across my hamstrings and calves. I felt wasted, … Continue reading

  

Drive to get more disabled people into mainstream jobs

24Jul

Disabled people will get more support to gain the skills and experience they need to get a job under changes to the Government’s specialist disability employment scheme announced today. Disabled people on traineeships, supported internships, work trials and work academies … Continue reading

  

Hypnosis for surgery

23Jul

I’ve received some lovely feedack following my last post. One of the messages was from a good friend of mine, Greg, recently had a bit of bad luck – his kidneys packed up. You know, as they do. No reason … Continue reading

  

Mental health nurses to join police on the beat

10Jul

The street triage scheme sees mental health nurses accompany officers to incidents where police believe people need immediate mental health support. The innovative scheme, funded by the Department of Health and backed by the Home Office, helps people with mental … Continue reading

  

Stress and University: Inseparable?

26Jun

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Image by: Anna Gutermuth Going off to university is the first adventure of adulthood for many. It is a major life change to strike out on this quest and go to a big city, leaving friends and family behind to … Continue reading

  

Feel the eczema and do it anyway

21Jun

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Do you want to hear something really sad? This is what one woman told an All Party Parliamentary Group looking into the effects of skin disease on a person’s physical and psychological well-being – “I feel like I am disgusting. I feel … Continue reading

  

Food is a Love/Hate thing…

17Jun

Food and feelings are so intertwined, its hard to be in control of one without first dealing with the other. Every culture I know has special foods for special occasions.  From wedding cakes, to christening cakes to birthday cakes.  Is … Continue reading

  

Anti Bullying Campaign – should be as easy as ABC

21May

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Bullying affects many lives and it can too often have devastating consequences. Many people are bullied for various reasons, whether it is for the clothes they wear, the way they look or whether they have a particular disability or learning … Continue reading

  

A Skeptical Approach to Medicine – Part One : Supplements, Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (SCAM)

25Apr

As readers of my posts here and also at my own blog (see link below) will know I am (amongst other things) a financial services professional operating in the private medical market and most decidedly not a clinician. However, I … Continue reading

  

Postpartum Mood Disorders

25Apr

Postpartum depression itself is nothing new but the culture of support surrounding women who suffer from this disorder is. Until recently, many women didn’t feel comfortable opening up about their struggles with postpartum depression because it was often seen as … Continue reading

  

Mental health conditions get jobs support boost

23Apr

More people with mental health conditions than ever before have been supported at or into work by a government employment scheme, Minister for Disabled People Esther McVey said today. According to statistics released today, almost half of all people with … Continue reading

  

Something’s Wrong With My Husband…

17Apr

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Written by Lyn McLaurine “Lyn, it’s the nursing home. We’re calling to talk about Bill’s rapid decline.”   Bill is adored at Prairie Sunset. He has become part of their family. Because of his young age (he just turned 58 … Continue reading

  

Depression Awareness Week – 15- 21 April 2013

12Apr

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15-21 April is Depression Awareness Week. Dr Richard Bowskill is a consultant psychiatrist and leading expert at the Priory Group. One of his clinical and research interests is in the field of Depression. Dr Bowskill said:  “Depression is a medical … Continue reading

  

How one picture can be worth a thousand words

10Apr

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Written by Darren Gormley A few years ago I was contacted by a speech therapist who asked if I would visit Mark, an 82 year old man diagnosed with mixed dementia. The speech therapist had been working with Mark as part of … Continue reading

  

‘Baby Blues’ or Depression? How You Can Help

8Apr

Many women suffer ‘baby blues’ after giving birth, but a new study reveals a surprisingly high number of them actually have postpartum depressive symptoms. Progesterone is a natural mood enhancer and during pregnancy a woman produces huge amounts to support … Continue reading

  

When it’s no longer safe to drive

3Apr

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Many people will spend decades behind the wheel of a car. For some this is a lifelong passion and a symbol of independence, while for others it’s just a necessary part of modern life. However, there comes a time when we … Continue reading

  

Stress and Life

28Mar

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“Stress is the spice of life” Hans Selye (1980) It was Walter Cannon (1871-1945) who first described the physiological fight-or-flight response to a threatening situation. The term stress was introduced by Hans Selye (1907-1982). Stress in small doses has an … Continue reading

  

The most important job of my life

21Mar

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Written by Rhonda Brantley You’ve heard about Alzheimer’s and dementia for years, but never suspected it would creep into your own home. Much like cancer, a house fire or losing your life savings, we just don’t anticipate bad things happening to us. Those … Continue reading

  

London takes its place among healthcare innovation elite cities of the world

13Mar

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Jeremy Hunt launches London Centre of Innovation Excellence and new app library to help people live well. The UK’s worldwide reputation for innovation in healthcare will be sealed today as Jeremy Hunt launches London’s new centre of innovation excellence established … Continue reading

  

Are you waking with the “Twilight look?”

28Feb

Restless sleep, tossing and turning through the night? A recent survey* commissioned by my professional organisation, the British Acupuncture Council, has revealed that we’re a nation of zombies. 1 in 5 of us claim to feel like one after a … Continue reading

  

Real, effective therapy goes beyond treating symptoms; it boosts positive thinking

25Feb

Traditionally, psychotherapy has been about helping those seeking help through the worst of their symptoms. When those symptoms are treated, the therapy has been successful. But what if a psychotherapist could do more? What if, as well as treating the … Continue reading

  

Economic downturns, job losses and the ‘global crisis’ is now the right time to change your life?

13Feb

With all the bad news about the economy, many people are feeling scared about making any changes in their lives they feel it’s not the ‘right time’. But now could well be the perfect time! Jessica McGregor Johnson believes that … Continue reading

  

Complimentary Thinking

8Feb

I think there is something about sharing your darkest secrets with the wider world that makes people trust you and feel comfortable sharing their own stories with you. As a result my head is spinning a bit. I have already … Continue reading

  

Gazza admitted to US addiction centre

5Feb

Paul Gascoigne admitted to addiction centre in the US

It’s no secret that former Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur player, Paul Gascoigne has battled with alcoholism since giving up football. His Management Company today confirmed that he has willingly gone to the US and admitted himself into a specilist … Continue reading

  

Walking Medicine

4Feb

In todays world of Deadlines, Emails, Bills and Crammed work Schedules its no surprise that people find it hard to find time for health and well-being. Many people dislike the idea of the busy gym as they may not know … Continue reading

  

Habit reversal for passive pessimism

3Jan

“Behaviour” commonly means what we see people doing. As a behaviour modification technique, habit reversal can be used to tackle nail biting, thumb sucking or scratching that have become troublesome habits. Habits start as conscious behaviours associated with specific triggers. … Continue reading

  

Health 2012: a year in headlines

31Dec

Our health in 2012

In 2012 we’ve found that the standards of health reporting have – largely – improved. Where there have been health scares these have been sensibly and even-handedly reported, ‘wonder cures’ seem to have hit the headlines far less often than we’ve … Continue reading

  

Bleurgh

27Dec

Well I don’t have cancer and the organs they removed from me were cancer free too which is the most fantastic news. So why do I feel a bit low and unhappy? Surgical menopause, that’s why. I had my ovaries … Continue reading

  

Stressful Times?

18Dec

Modern life is sometimes thought of as particularly stressful, compared with life in previous times. These days seem to have more pressure, more demands, and more complexity to contend with. Modern life is hectic, while perhaps previous times were at … Continue reading

  

Chelsea Physic Garden

4Dec

In deepest Chelsea, London UK, there is a gem often overlooked by international visitors. In the picture DrB stands between the Psychiatry and Dermatology beds in Chelsea Physic Garden. Containing almost 5000 plant species from all over the world, the … Continue reading

  

A Yogalicious Advent Calendar – Free!

3Dec

I know we are more used to the traditional chocolate feast for the first 24 days of December, but in the interests of our health – and waistlines – I thought you might like to try something different this year. … Continue reading

  

Life is like a box of chocolates…

23Nov

Well life bowled me a googlie recently which has changed a few things around. I had to have a biopsy of my womb in mid-September due to the long term unopposed oestrogen I have been on and unfortunately I got … Continue reading

  

Women more likely to be recognised with signs of depression than men

15Nov

Study by the University of Westminster reveals that gender stereotypes influence perceptions of depressed people Women are more likely to be identified as having symptoms of depression and mental health disorders than men, according to research by Dr Viren Swami … Continue reading

  

Cost of stress to British economy estimated at £3.7bn – new research highlights more than 13m workers at risk of mental health problems

6Nov

Stress is among the biggest problems in British workplaces, with the cost to the British economy being estimated at £3.7 billion* per year. More than 13 million employees** are at risk of mental health problems caused by the stress of … Continue reading

  

Confidence? What confidence?

5Nov

Confidence, self-esteem, self-worth… Whatever you call it, I wish I had more of it. Judging by the number of helpful people who offer insightful advice like “You just need more confidence,” there must be plenty of it out there, growing … Continue reading

  

Depression and normality: which is which?

5Nov

Depression has changed me. For better or worse, it’s an experience that has made a permanent mark on my character. Depression has also confused me, because, although I know I’ve changed, I can’t always remember what I was like before … Continue reading

  

Premenstrual syndrome

23Oct

I started my periods at 9 years old and overnight turned into a monster. I told lies, stole money, shoplifted, made up stories and experienced my first visit to psychology. Throughout the years I have seen doctors, psychiatrists, neurologists and … Continue reading

  

Study looks at creativity link with mental illness

19Oct

‘Creativity is often part of a mental illness according to a study of more than a million people’, BBC News has reported. The image of the tortured artist or the visionary genius beset by personal demons has long been part … Continue reading

  

Music and mental health: my personal playlist

19Oct

It makes sense that a chirpy tune should lift your mood, doesn’t it? Well no, not necessarily. In my darkest moods on my darkest days of depression, an excessively cheerful song would have been about as uplifting as a bad … Continue reading

  

What are, and what aren’t, symptoms of dementia?

5Oct

This is the title of a section of John Zeisel’s ‘I’m still here’. It’s all very obvious once you’ve read it, but it’s really helpful to have all this set out so clearly. Zeisel differentiates between the primary symptoms of … Continue reading

  

Therapy over the phone as effective as face-to-face

2Oct

A new study reveals that cognitive therapy over the phone is just as effective as meeting face-to-face. The research was published today, 28 September, in the journal PLoS ONE. Researchers at the University of Cambridge together with the National Institute … Continue reading

  

INSOMNIA…NOOOOOOO – SLEEP-YEEESSSSSSS

22Sep

How much sleep do you get? Not getting enough sleep isn’t good.Requiring too much sleep can be just as bad…either way something could be wrong with your health. Sleep has ALWAYS been one of my favorite pastimes,as a teen, I … Continue reading

  

Why you should step outside.

13Sep

There is more to health than eating right and exercising. To be truly healthy you should have feelings of wellbeing, positivity and happiness with your life. If you have read my blog you will know how often I exhort getting … Continue reading

  

That nagging feeling

6Sep

I visited my mother in her care home today and the nagging feeling of have we done enough resurfaced once again.  Whilst having lost the ability to speak for quite a while my mother does make sounds and grunts to … Continue reading

  

It’s My Ovaries Stupid!!!

2Sep

Well, the ups and downs of my hormones over the last few weeks have given me alot of food for thought.  My ‘bible’ as such has to be the above book ‘it’s my ovaries stupid’ by Elizabeth Lee Vliet MD.  … Continue reading

  

The Cost of Austerity

29Aug

Simon Lawton-Smith, Head of Policy: “Last week I spoke on Sky News about the Austerity Britain report which surveyed 300 GPs across the UK to gauge their opinion on what impact the recession is having on their patients’ health. 77% … Continue reading

  

Turn of Mind – A review

29Aug

I am pleased to ‘report’ that I have now read ‘Turn of Mind’ by Alice LaPlante and would highly recommend it as both a great read and as a way to further understand dementia.  A definite page turner and written … Continue reading

  

LOSING IT…MY HAIR

26Aug

At this moment, while writing this blog post…I am doing something I don’t like to do: getting my hair done. I would rather sit in a dentist chair than spend the many many hours it takes to get my hairconstructed. … Continue reading

  

First blog

21Aug

Hi.  My name is Donna Barrowman and I’m delighted to have been asked to write a blog for talkhealth.  I was going to say I’m not normal – but then who is??  The best way I can describe myself is … Continue reading

  

AUTOIMMUNE OLYMPIADS

19Aug

Well, the Olympics are over. Thank God! Now I can get some sleep. I was so sleep deprived. I could have won a gold medal in crankiness. I am in awe when I see the super-human type feats executed by … Continue reading

  

How do Israeli nurses sustain high stress with low burnout?

17Aug

Nursing is, by its very nature, an occupation subject to a high degree of stress. Every day a nurse confronts stark suffering, grief, and death as few other people do. Many tasks are mundane and unrewarding. Many are, by normal … Continue reading

  

Baby Blues Now Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

14Aug

Natural birth is hailed as a good thing but a new study calls it ‘highly traumatizing’ along with terrorist attacks and car accidents.   People love labels, and the psychotherapist Eric Maisel in his book on depression recently questioned the … Continue reading

  

Charity Shine needs you!

31Jul

Shine is a registered charity, which was formed in 1966, initially to help families and individuals affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus. Today, Shine is a community of 75,000 individuals, families, friends, and professionals, sharing achievements, challenges and information on … Continue reading

  

£1.25 Billion – The Staggering Cost Of Eating Disorders In England

31Jul

A newly released report carried out for national eating disorder campaigning charity Beat by a volunteer economist from the charity Pro Bono Economics (PBE) has found an overall estimated cost of £1.25billion per year to the English economy from eating … Continue reading

  

What every Eating Disorder clinician should know

28Jul

No two eating diorder patients are the same If you are treating all eating disorder patients in the same way, you are doing something wrong.  Boys and girls are different. Each patient comes from a different creed, class, colour, country. … Continue reading

  

CLEANING HOUSE

21Jul

Since I’ve written a blog post about poop, I feel as though I can talk to you guys about anything. We are all family, right? OK, so, I want to discuss with y’all a word that is even more vile … Continue reading

  

The New Maudsley Approach website

2Jul

Although the New Maudsley Approach website is not quite finished, it seems to be helping some of those picky folks on the forum so I thought I would do a bit of promotion on my blog. Thank you to Pam MacDonald, for … Continue reading

  

Advice to a mother on sending her daughter to college straight out of an Eating Disorders Programme.

27Jun

Advice to a mother on sending her daughter to college straight out of an Eating Disorders Programme. My dear friend I have thought long and hard about this. You must understand that I am a parent advocate and have no … Continue reading

  

BOOST YOUR IMMUNE

23Jun

This week’s blog is dedicated to those who suffer from one or more autoimmune diseases. I take my hat off to you! Having to endure the daily struggles of your respective invisible illness is truly a heroic feat, and in … Continue reading

  

THYROID AND THE BRAIN

16Jun

While doing some research for my book, I stumbled upon an interesting news story regarding thyroid disease. The article was about a murder trial and the defendant’s attorneys argued that a “mismanaged thyroid disease” led to her actions on that … Continue reading

  

Exercise and Depression – A Cautious Approach

15Jun

Dr Eva Cyhlarova, Head of Research at the Mental Health Foundation: “Last week, the British Medical Journal published results of a research trial suggesting that, contrary to NICE guidelines and current research trends, the addition of facilitated exercise doesn’t improve … Continue reading

  

1 in 20

15Jun

Carrie Arnold, of the excellent ed bites is starting a campaign to raise the profile of just how common eating disorders are. The statistics are very scary: Each year, roughly 4 million babies are born in America. Approximately 500,000 of these … Continue reading

  

Scientists say exercise doesn’t help depression – I say it does!

14Jun

I was both saddened and confused to read recently that research by the Universities of Bristol and Exeter, and funded by the Department of Health had proved that exercise does not help depression. This is just such a stupid piece … Continue reading

  

Checking in?

14Jun

or checking out? to be honest, I have had a bit of an up and down time recently manfully trying to deal with the impact of PD on my life, work, family…everything basically. This may be a surprise given i … Continue reading

  

More on the juice detox…

14Jun

Well, I had the sixth and seventh day – Friday and Saturday – during which it was really difficult to keep focussed, because I felt really exhausted and I missed food, though in those two days I had about five … Continue reading

  

Pull Yourself Together…It’s Only A Mental Health Problem

14Jun

Pull yourself together’ has topped the cliché chart in a new poll, commissioned by Time to Change, England’s biggest mental health anti-stigma programme run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, which explores unhelpful comments that people face when … Continue reading

  

UK study into whether physical activity aids depression finds no additional benefit

6Jun

Current clinical guidance recommends physical activity to alleviate the symptoms of depression (1). However, new research published today [6 June] in the BMJ, suggests that adding a physical activity intervention to usual care did not reduce symptoms of depression more … Continue reading

  

Do children need body image lessons?

30May

MPs have recommended that all school children should receive body image lessons to boost self-esteem and they way they view themselves. An inquiry has found that girls as young as 5 are worrying about body image.  This is thought to … Continue reading

  

Happy Mental Health Awareness Week!

21May

Happy Mental Health Awareness Week! Dr Andrew McCulloch, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation: “It’s often said that it’s better to give than receive but did you know that this is actually backed up by research? While many of … Continue reading

  

How not to treat a mentally ill patient

20May

I was sent yesterday a scan of the Sheppard Pratt handbook, given to parents of a 13 year old earlier this year.  It is a sort of “Welcome to, Treatment Plan, Optional Extras” type document which is bad in too … Continue reading

  

The Re-Birth

16May

At first I was on the pink cloud of Euphoria with my sobriety. Everything in those initial weeks was clean and fresh. There was so much I wanted to prove, and so much I wanted to do. All the hiding … Continue reading

  

Don’t think – act

16May

An amazingly insightful blog post from the wonderful Carrie Arnold at ed bites, containing one of the greatest pieces of advice. You can’t think your way out of a disorder that you behaved your way into. This insight is incredibly helpful … Continue reading

  

Matchboxes out of fashion – A new study into Delusional Infestation looks at what patients present as signs of their disease.

15May

The study, published in the British Journal of Dermatology, looked at 148 cases of delusional infestation.  This is a surprisingly common and debilitating condition where the patient believes that parts of their body or their environment are infested either by … Continue reading

  

Male depression: the importance of being honest

11May

“There are a lot of things that go on behind your eyes, in your head” – Five minutes into ITV’s recent Tonight programme about the stigma of male depression, came this poignant admission from rugby union player Duncan Bell, a … Continue reading

  

The juice detox…

11May

This morning is the first day of my juice fasting. I started it last night just to have a taste of it, so I didn’t have dinner, and I’m kind of working with – I decided to do this perhaps … Continue reading

  

The Simple Truth

10May

Many women tell me almost jokingly, that they now only have time to binge. The truth is, as shown by a recent study, women from managerial or professional backgrounds are 19 per cent more likely to drink heavily at home, … Continue reading

  

A conversation with Irish Up – how brains work.

9May

A few days ago, I decided to try out some of my more extreme theories on the world about brain wiring, brain trimming and fault neurons.  Luckily I am blessed with the wonderful Irish Up  as a friend, to set … Continue reading

  

Anorexia in Adolescents

26Apr

A 19 minute video to help explain signs, symptoms and treatment for anorexia in adolescents. Anorexia in adolescents by C and M Productions   +173   

  

CHARITY PLEDGES £0.7m FOR HUMANE MEDICAL RESEARCH Dr Hadwen Trust announces 2012 grant recipients

25Apr

The Dr Hadwen Trust (DHT) today announced grants totalling over £720k to fund innovative and humane research into bipolar disorder, cardiovascular disease, cystic fibrosis, motor-neuron disease, rabies and schizophrenia. The projects, which will be taking place at seven leading universities … Continue reading

  

THE INSTANT ALCOHOLIC.

18Apr

After the death of my Father, aged 13, the isolation became immense. My elder Brother was away at school, and my Mother was in the grip of both alcohol misuse and grief. I had friends at school and played a … Continue reading

  

A more gentle approach to grief

16Apr

Perhaps I was a bit harsh last week. I was feeling particularly vulnerable. It’s my birthday this week and I’m missing my Mom. My Dad has been leaning quite heavily on me and the emotional strain is getting a bit … Continue reading

  

Feeding Requirements

11Apr

Where do you begin when your child has just been diagnosed with an eating disorder?  Well, if you are anything like me, you begin from a place of total ignorance, prejudice and despair.  Unhelpfully, the majority of Tier 1 clinicians … Continue reading

  

Eating Disorders and Malnutrition

11Apr

Reproduced by kind permission of F.E.A.S.T. (Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders) www.feast-ed.org “EFFECTS OF MALNUTRITION An eating disorder, along with the cognitive and emotional symptoms, causes nutritional chaos. That chaos of lost nutrients, erratic supply, and the … Continue reading

  

Eating Disorders – a short introduction

11Apr

When describing mental illnesses, it is the current practice to describe them as brain disorders.  Personally, I prefer brain circuitry disorders as described here by Dr Thomas Insel, Head of NIMH. So what are eating disorders and are they brain … Continue reading

  

Aqua Classes… Do they really work?

10Apr

The benefits of Aqua Exercise. Warm water pressure helps to block pain receptors, making it ideal for persons post surgery. (back, hip, knee, shoulder etc) Water works to keep you buoyant meaning the exercise is less weight bearing. This means there … Continue reading

  

First blog – doing something about postnatal depression

5Apr

When I went to see my GP in June I began with a very rambling and stream of consciousness rant about how I was feeling. I was tearful, I explained, and exhausted. Anxious too – and even when my children … Continue reading

  

The Saturdays Frankie launches Hey, It’s OK campaign

29Mar

The Saturdays singer Frankie Sandford has opened about about her recent battle with depression to launch the Hey, It’s OK campaign. This campaign is a collaboration between Mind, the mental health charity and Glamour magazine. The idea of Hey, It’s … Continue reading

  

Celebrities and depression

27Mar

The Mirror has featured a story on Mel C from the Spice Girls and her long battle with depression and eating disorders. Mel says that when she found out she was pregnant she feared a return of her depression but … Continue reading

  

Young people’s mental health under pressure like never before

15Mar

Commenting on research published today (15th March 2012) by the Nuffield Foundation showing a significant increase in the rate of teenagers suffering from anxiety, depression and behavioural problems. Lucie Russell, Director of Campaigns Policy and Participation, YoungMinds said: “Young people’s mental … Continue reading

  

Sugar – Poison, Drug or both?

13Mar

 What is all the Fuss about Sugar! Its just Sugar right? Our World is infested with Sugar in many forms, in Soft Drinks, over Pills, in Medications, Sweets, Syrups, Sauces the list goes on… Have you ever hit the pause … Continue reading

  

What is cognitive hypnotherapy?

13Mar

Ever driven through a set of traffic lights and wondered a few seconds later if the lights were really on green? Ever taken an instant disliking to someone within minutes of meeting them for the first time? Ever walked out … Continue reading

  

Large new study shows recession increases work-related stress by 40%

6Mar

New research shows that one in four workers experience work related stress in times of recession. The study published today in the scientific journal, Occupational Medicine, shows that work related stress increases by 40% during an economic downturn. It also … Continue reading

  

Economic climate creates mental health timebomb – YoungMinds

6Mar

Commenting on research commissioned by Patient.co.uk that shows that young people are being hit the hardest by the economic downturn, Lucie Russell, Director of Campaigns Policy and Participation, YoungMinds said: “Young people today face pressures like never before, the economic … Continue reading

  

British Association for Anger Management Celebrates 13 Years of Helping to Beat Anger

6Mar

When the British Association of Anger Management formed 13 years ago, they had no way of knowing that a few years later they would be opening treatment centres in 10 new destinations due to overwhelming demand. Back then anger management … Continue reading

  

Is your life affected by acne, eczema or psoriasis?

24Feb

IWC Media make intelligent and thoughtful documentaries including Terry Pratchett: Living with Alzheimer’s and The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive with Stephen Fry, as well as blue chip science programmes such as Brave New World and Stephen Hawking – … Continue reading

  

Alkaline – Stay Phit on the inside out.

18Jan

So we are now well into January 2012… Christmas, chocolates, fizzy drinks, cakes and desserts are no longer for many people as they head towards a new years promise of weight loss and being healthier. On the Subject of health … Continue reading

  

Does it hurt?

10Jan

Some surprising causes of inflammation It would seem quite sensible to assume that children who are emotionally literate and stable stand a better chance of emerging into the adult world with all their emotional ducks (so to speak) in a … Continue reading

  

The NOT Silent Treatment

3Jan

Here’s a joke sent our way by a high school friend: A husband and a wife have just had a heated argument.  They are giving one another the silent treatment. The husband does not want to blow his cool and … Continue reading

  

Mental health of acne sufferers needs more consideration

22Dec

New research by the University of Newcastle has suggested that the psychological welfare of acne patients should be given more consideration. Until now only those with clinically severe acne have been given priority but this study shows that the patients … Continue reading

  

Thoughts are Things

14Dec

Everything starts with a thought or energy, if you will. What you eat drink or do starts with a thought. (your thoughts about food/drink are the first stage of digestion, this goes on to enrich or infect, your whole mind body and spirit) … Continue reading

  

23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?

13Dec

A Doctor-Professor answers the old question “What is the single best thing we can do for our health” in a completely new way. Dr Mike Evans explains …. Dr Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li … Continue reading

  

Skin Self Examination – why are they so important!

7Dec

Skin Self Examinations are so important with 200 new cases of skin cancer being diagonised in the UK every day. My family was one of them 4 years ago. Both my husband and myself have a number of moles, I’m very … Continue reading

  

Over 40% of Cancers through Lifestyle Choices try something new Today

7Dec

Today the BBC reported on Cancer UKs latest news that over 40% of cancers are through neglect of positive lifestyle choices, Smoking, Alcohol, Lack of Exercise and lack of Nutrition. Making simple lifestyle choices using the opportunities that day to day life presents us with, as in my previous … Continue reading