She had the lot …. so why would a millionaire lawyer kill herself?

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Every now and again you see a report in a newspaper – there was one a few years ago that always comes to mind for me: a seemingly happily married and successful lawyer with three young children ...

You think you have ADHD? (Lucky you!)

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder sounds bad – but isn’t – or at least it isn’t as bad as it sounds – or, at least, it’s not necessarily so….. Turbocharged superheros Actually, many people with...

Patient story: ‘My ADHD life – before and after diagnosis’

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On Monday the first of August 1977, between six and seven in the morning, I popped out into the world. I was a month early. This, it turns out, was one of the few times I’ve ever been early for anythi...

Talking to your GP about your mental health (what to expect)

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We’re all used to going to talk to our GPs about even the most embarrassing of physical conditions, but if you’ve never talked to your GP about your mental health, having that initial conversation can...

8 signs of being in denial

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It’s the season to be jolly – isn’t it? Sadly, it’s also the time of year that it is easiest to catch a nasty cold dose of clinical depression. When it actually happens, depres...

5 signs your ADHD is breaking up your marriage

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So perhaps you have finally got that ADHD diagnosis – and you are taking the medication….. So what’s the problem now?  Here’s some very important news – ADHD is really likely to be affecting you...

Stamping out stigma: 5 mental health misconceptions

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Mental illness is a sign of weakness. People with depression, anxiety, or other mental health conditions aren’t “mentally weak.” Mental strength is not the same as mental health. So...

8 Things Psychiatrists want you to know about Depression

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1. Feeling sad does not necessarily mean you have depression Sadness is such a normal emotion – and so very appropriate to many of the experiences that we all have. What would it be to never fe...

Addictions in the UK and the role of Telepsychiatry  

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The future is upon us! Substance misuse is a major problem in the UK. Addiction statistics in the UK remain one of the highest in Europe and we are right up there with the heaviest alcohol consuming ...

Zero Suicide: Mental Health’s Big Hairy Audacious Goal?

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In their book Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies, the authors Collins and Porras coined the term Big Hairy Audacious Goal (2016). This describes a visionary medium term organisati...

​Telepsychiatry – a magic wand?

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Few are more aware of the current problems in healthcare than NHS consultant psychiatrists. Historically, the Cinderella discipline has been badly neglected. Though recently there has been some welcom...

Does Donald Trump have a personality disorder?

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This question seems to have exercised plenty of people recently, including some US  voters, his fellow politicians, other world leaders, worried citizens of the rest of the world, – and a number...