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Why The Andreas Lubitz Case Shouldn’t Stigmatise Depression

Why The Andreas Lubitz Case Shouldn’t Stigmatise Depression

​We are all shocked and saddened by the death of 150 people in the Germanwings crash in the French Alps earlier this week. But as reports arise that link the deaths with co-pilot Andreas Lubitz's history of depression, many have faulted the way the media is reporting this tragic story. Headlines such as Killer Pilot Suffered from Depression (Mirror), Madman in Cockpit (Sun) and Why Was He Allowed to Fly (Mail) have, according to a joint press release from the mental health charities Mind, Time to Change and Rethink Mental Illness, been overly simplistic.
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Perinatal and Postnatal Depression

Perinatal and Postnatal Depression

Depression is isolating and miserable, and depression during pregnancy or after giving birth often has an added ripple affect as the whole family can be impacted.   Recent research highlights that between 10% and 15% of all mothers will experience postnatal depression. However, the most recent and alarming statistics are that a significant number of mums may continue to suffer from severe depression years after giving birth. New research into epigenetics (the study of how a fetus can be genetically changed due to events suffered by the mother in pregnancy) is...
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Caring for Someone with Dementia

Caring for Someone with Dementia

Having dementia is very worrying. The stress leads to upsetting behaviour, and that is the sort of thing that people find hard to deal with at home. All of them will be solved more easily if there is a relaxed atmosphere at home. If someone is shouting, repeating themselves, refusing to eat, staying cool and tranquil would be a miracle.  So the secret is to put as much in place as possible to keep a stress-free background environment. This means avoiding over-stimulation - and everyone has different things that they find stimulating, so you have to decide for...
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The Relationship between Dust and Depression

The Relationship between Dust and Depression

Too depressed to do housework? The cleanliness of your home is usually one of the first things to suffer when you’re in an emotional black hole. In fact it’s a time when all the basics tend to be neglected– sleep, rest, food and housework. Depression affects our perception of the world and everything in it, making it all feel difficult and like an uphill struggle. Neglected homes are a common sight for Roberto Garritano, founder of cleaning company Twinkle Clean: "I'm still amazed by the amount of mess and dirt some people live in. But often there are things...
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Get the Best out of Life: Resilience and Stress Management

Get the Best out of Life: Resilience and Stress Management

When was the last time you took a walk just to relax and admire the beauty around you? When was the last time you listened to bird song with your headphones off and no blaring music? We live in a very hectic society, which is fast paced, competitive and busy. Many people now have electronic health trackers to monitor the number of steps they take. This is a good thing, as exercise is good for you physically, mentally and cognitively. We are very aware that we have to look after our physical health, but much less so in terms of looking after our mental...
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Suicide Prevention: How you can help

Suicide Prevention: How you can help

Suicide is in the news a lot at the moment. We hear from public figures talking candidly about their experiences. Bravely sharing how, whilst gripped by depression, thoughts of suicide became a real threat to their life. The sad and untimely death of Robin Williams who took his own life highlights the private and tortured mind behind the public face. The emotional pain (the driver for suicidal thoughts) was just too much to cope with. His ‘exit from stage left’ marked by an unanswered question – why? For every person who takes their own life, there are...
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Why Self-Compassion is as Important as Self-Esteem

Why Self-Compassion is as Important as Self-Esteem

My eleven-year-old daughter was complaining about her friend Mary. ‘She’s keeps boasting about her new school,’ she confided, looking despondent. ‘It’s got the most amazing netball courts and clubs for everything...and she’s got much nicer clothes than me...' As she began to sob, spouting a familiar litany about how her life was so much worse than Mary’s, I thought of Kristen Neff. She’s an American academic from Houston, who has put numbers to what I’ve long suspected as the mother of two daughters: the competition game starts young, and girls in particular...
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