mental health

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

Ray

5 Oct

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

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 …

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talkhealth

2 Oct

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

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 …

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Carol

22 Sep

INSOMNIA…NOOOOOOO – SLEEP-YEEESSSSSSS

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 …

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Helen

13 Sep

Why you should step outside.

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 …

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Catriona

6 Sep

That nagging feeling

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 …

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Donna

2 Sep

It’s My Ovaries Stupid!!!

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.  …

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Mental Health Foundation

29 Aug

The Cost of Austerity

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% …

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Catriona

29 Aug

Turn of Mind – A review

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 …

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Carol

26 Aug

LOSING IT…MY HAIR

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. …

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Donna

21 Aug

First blog

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 …

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Carol

19 Aug

AUTOIMMUNE OLYMPIADS

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 …

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Danny

17 Aug

How do Israeli nurses sustain high stress with low burnout?

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 …

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AnnA_R

14 Aug

Baby Blues Now Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

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 …

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talkhealth

31 Jul

Charity Shine needs you!

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 …

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talkhealth

31 Jul

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

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 …

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CharlotteB

28 Jul

What every Eating Disorder clinician should know

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. …

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Carol

21 Jul

CLEANING HOUSE

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 …

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CharlotteB

2 Jul

The New Maudsley Approach website

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 …

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CharlotteB

27 Jun

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

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 …

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Carol

23 Jun

BOOST YOUR IMMUNE

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 …

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Carol

16 Jun

THYROID AND THE BRAIN

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 …

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Mental Health Foundation

15 Jun

Exercise and Depression – A Cautious Approach

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 …

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CharlotteB

15 Jun

1 in 20

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 …

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Stitch

14 Jun

Checking in?

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 …

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Odete

14 Jun

More on the juice detox…

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 …

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talkhealth

14 Jun

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

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 …

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talkhealth

6 Jun

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

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 …

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talkhealth

30 May

Do children need body image lessons?

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 …

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Mental Health Foundation

21 May

Happy Mental Health Awareness Week!

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 …

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CharlotteB

20 May

How not to treat a mentally ill patient

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 …

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Sarah

16 May

The Re-Birth

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 …

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CharlotteB

16 May

Don’t think – act

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 …

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talkhealth

15 May

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

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 …

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Mental Health Foundation

11 May

Male depression: the importance of being honest

“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 …

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Odete

11 May

The juice detox…

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 …

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Sarah

10 May

The Simple Truth

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, …

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CharlotteB

9 May

A conversation with Irish Up – how brains work.

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 …

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CharlotteB

26 Apr

Anorexia in Adolescents

A 19 minute video to help explain signs, symptoms and treatment for anorexia in adolescents. Anorexia in adolescents by C and M Productions   +610   

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talkhealth

25 Apr

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

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 …

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Sarah

18 Apr

THE INSTANT ALCOHOLIC.

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 …

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Lesley

16 Apr

A more gentle approach to grief

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 …

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CharlotteB

11 Apr

Feeding Requirements

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 …

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CharlotteB

11 Apr

Eating Disorders and Malnutrition

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 …

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CharlotteB

11 Apr

Eating Disorders – a short introduction

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 …

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Mark

10 Apr

Aqua Classes… Do they really work?

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 …

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Cat

5 Apr

First blog – doing something about postnatal depression

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 …

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talkhealth

29 Mar

The Saturdays Frankie launches Hey, It’s OK campaign

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 …

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talkhealth

27 Mar

Celebrities and depression

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 …

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talkhealth

15 Mar

Young people’s mental health under pressure like never before

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 …

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Mark

13 Mar

Sugar – Poison, Drug or both?

 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 …

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Dawn

13 Mar

What is cognitive hypnotherapy?

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 …

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talkhealth

6 Mar

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

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 …

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talkhealth

6 Mar

Economic climate creates mental health timebomb – YoungMinds

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 …

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talkhealth

6 Mar

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

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 …

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talkhealth

24 Feb

Is your life affected by acne, eczema or psoriasis?

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 – …

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Mark

18 Jan

Alkaline – Stay Phit on the inside out.

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 …

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Alison

10 Jan

Does it hurt?

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 …

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Barbara Younger

3 Jan

The NOT Silent Treatment

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 …

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talkhealth

22 Dec

Mental health of acne sufferers needs more consideration

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 …

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Mark

14 Dec

Thoughts are Things

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) …

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Deborah

13 Dec

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

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 …

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Lisa

7 Dec

Skin Self Examination – why are they so important!

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 …

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Mark

7 Dec

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

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 …

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