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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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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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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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Under Pressure: Societal Goals and Stress

Under Pressure: Societal Goals and Stress

Failure to achieve important goals induces stress. Although some of these important goals (such as the need for control, competence and relationships) are universal, there are substantial variations between societies in the way goals are expressed. People’s goals are determined to a large extent by the society in which they live. If, within a particular society, high value is placed on things that most people achieve, then most people will experience few stressors. However, if high value is placed on things that few achieve, then many people will experience...
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How To Deal with Passive Aggressive Behaviour

How To Deal with Passive Aggressive Behaviour

Passive aggressive behaviour can be one of the most difficult behaviours to deal with because it’s expressed in obscure, underhand ways. The person may appear passive on the surface but is really acting out their resistance towards you in an indirect or hidden way. When someone is behaving with disguised hostility, they don’t reveal their true motives and you end up tying yourself in knots trying to work out what’s going on. You may find yourself getting upset and angry but can’t be entirely sure it is justified. Passive aggressive behaviour: verbal Typically,...
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