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...

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...

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 affect...

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...

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 conversat...

Adult ADHD – the 6 Questions to ask yourself

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The relief A common feeling for an adult who is diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is relief. Relief at finding an explanation as to how and why they have struggled with wh...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

School refusal – what is it and 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...