10 ways to cope with coronavirus anxiety

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1. Know that feeling anxious about coronavirus is OK and normal. Anxiety is a natural response to the unknown, so it’s normal to feel unsettled since much about the virus is unknown even to expe...

Psychiatry-UK rated ‘OUTSTANDING’ for ‘Caring’ in recent CQC Inspection

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We were recently inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and have been rated ‘Outstanding’ in ‘Caring’ and received an overall rating of ‘Good’. The CQC is the independent regulator...

Is ADHD bad for your health?

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People with ADHD (Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder) are often creative, charismatic and ambitious. Many, however, seek help due to struggles in education, work, finances or relationships. Pe...

World Mental Health Day 2019 … Starts at home

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This is not one of those Mental Health day posts that sings and dances about the wonderful service we provide. We do enough of that on #feedbackfriday*. We are a remote business. There is no commute t...

Coercive Control

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It was in the news recently that the adult son of Sally Challen managed to have his mother’s case reviewed. After lengthy consideration she was released from prison. She was serving a life sentence fo...

Strategy Weekend Summer 2019 – COO’s thoughts…

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At the end of June, various members of the team met up for a weekend of strategy, well being and relaxation. You see, here at Psychiatry-UK, we can’t stand the corporate retreat clichés of uncoo...

There is much more to ADHD than ADHD!

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The 7th World Congress on ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) was held 25 – 28 April 2019 in Lisbon. It is an international conference attended by psychiatrists, specialist, research...

A day in the life of a Child & Adolescent Consultant

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Clinical Lead of our Child & Adolescent department Dr Monica Shaha talks about a typical day with us. After the school run I settle down to checking PUK related emails which can include:- New r...

So what is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

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  Something we get asked quite a lot! A psychiatrist is a medically-qualified practitioner who will have first spent 5/6 years training as a doctor. They will then have worked as a doctor for at ...

Leaving Neverland and the Insidious Power of Grooming

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The documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’ aired in the UK last week and it made for very uncomfortable viewing. It centred on two, now grown men Wade Robson and James Safechuck who when they were children w...

Safeguarding and Suicide –  trying to end it all.

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  ‘Died by suicide’ is the term we tend to use nowadays. The old fashioned way, saying that someone ‘committed’ suicide, implies that a crime has taken place  – which has not been true sinc...

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...

Are you SAD?

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    There has been a bit of a kick back this week against the rather glib idea of Blue Monday, supposedly the most miserable day of the year – but actually a concept made up by a holi...

1000 Patients seen… But we’re not happy

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  We had our 1000th patient book an online appointment with a consultant psychiatrist a few days ago. Over 600 people have paid to see one of our online psychiatrists in the last year – and...

Awareness isn’t action…

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Is the stigma becoming less so? Isn’t it wonderful that nowadays everyone is much more willing to talk about mental health? It is so important that the stigma associated with having a mental rather th...

Psychiatry-UK present at APA New York

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Four of the Partners working with Psychiatry-UK presented at a symposium on Telepsychiatry In The UK at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) held in New York City. In ...

Blue Genes – DNA testing for depression

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Depression is a huge problem which often blights the lives of sufferers and their families. Suicide  is now the leading cause of death among young adults worldwide. However, when one starts trying to ...

The silent killer

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It all looks so very glamorous …and of course he doesn’t realise it – but he’s in huge danger…..   …I’m not talking about the assassination skills of the SMERSH Agent about to attack...

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...

Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

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This week marks the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week 2017. The stigma attached to mental illnesses is often the reason why people suffer in silence. This week is aimed at raising awareness of me...

Are you coping?

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We face all sorts of difficulties in our everyday lives, and our brains are under immense pressure to analyse messages from an increasingly hectic outside world and integrate them with a knowledge of ...

Anxiety Explained

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What is anxiety? Anxiety problems are the commonest mental health disorders, with some surveys showing that a third of people suffer with anxiety at some point in their lives. Anxiety is a feeling of...

Dementia and Depression – The Facts

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There should be no sugaring of the pill. The fact is that dementia and depression go hand in hand – it is depressing to get dementia. However, though there have been occasional headlines suggest...

Must I disclose my mental health condition to potential employers?

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Unfortunately, even though we are talking more about mental health, the stigma still remains.  This is particularly true in the workplace. One confidential survey showed that 56% of companies said the...

Why aren’t you happy?

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How happiness has been viewed is constantly changing. Go back to ancient Greece and it was very simple: happiness was luck. There was nothing you could do about it. In fact, in every European language...

Refugees and Mental Health

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There have always been people who have had to flee from wars, or natural disasters or severe persecution because of their ethnic origin or their political, religious or social activities. If we all ha...

It’s got to be more MANLY to talk about Mental Health

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  We live in a world where men have always had many advantages – just because they are men, but in the area of mental illness perhaps it has always been those traditional male attitudes tha...

Ramadan reflections: fasting to feed the soul

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In the month of Ramadan and in particular these last 10 nights, Muslims spend a lot of time reflecting on their lives. It is our time for introspection, when we both take stock of things past and plan...

Refusing to go to School – how can I help my child?

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It is very common for children to refuse to go to school, but when does this behaviour indicate a possible mental health problem or when is it a social problem? Truanting If a child has been missing f...

Are you a blue gene baby?

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      Would you like to be one of the first people in the UK to receive a genetic analysis to determine which medication is best suited to YOU for your depression? FREE FOR THE FIRST 5...