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Being an Adult Child of Divorce

Being an Adult Child of Divorce

There has been a great deal written about divorce and its impact on the children.  The common assumption has been that if the children are older it is less damaging. From my clinical experience of working with clients of divorced parents,  I would argue that the damage is different but not necessarily less painful. Very little is written about the impact of divorce of older couples on their adult children and given the rise of divorces of couples in their 50’s and 60’s this is an important omission. Divorces are not all the same. Women are now more...
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Life After a Break Up Part 2

Life After a Break Up Part 2

Last time we touched upon some of the more direct and practical actions you could take immediately after the end of a relationship. Once those steps are taken, it is time to process and work through the emotions that can linger for a long time after a break up, and how you can best handle the feelings of loss and move onto a state of acceptance. Loss Try not to think about the time you spend together as lost, it was an experience you can all too readily build on for the future. Do not diminish or underestimate the amazing things you did at that time. Rather...
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Life After a Break Up

Life After a Break Up

The media seems to be almost overflowing with advice about what to do if you think your relationship is in trouble. The bad stuff makes no attempt whatsoever to reconcile and mend; preferring to take the line 'get out while you can' without commitment or getting hurt in the process. The good stuff will highlight potential areas of difficulty: you are acting out of character, leading increasingly separate lives and quite possibly feeling increasingly frustrated etc. However, the sad fact it is that for the vast majority of us we will suffer at least one or...
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Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2015

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2015

Eating Disorders Awareness week is here! It’s running from Monday 23rd February to Sunday 1st March and it is a time to raise awareness and improve understanding about eating disorders across the UK. You may be reading this and know someone who has an eating disorder. Or possibly you yourself have eating issues and are feeling a bit stuck and helpless in what to do. This could be your week to get the information and support you need to begin to address your eating problem or support a loved one as they begin to consider change. It has to be one of the most...
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Are you a Distressed Diabetic?

Are you a Distressed Diabetic?

Are you diabetic and feeling down about it? Do you ask “why me”? You could be suffering from diabetic distress. A recent survey, led by Dr. Barbara Anderson, a professor of pediatrics and psychology at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, shows that diabetics are more prone to distress and are twice as likely as non-diabetics to become depressed. Read about the full study in Baylor College of Medicine News. What causes this Diabetic distress? Having to prick your finger to check your blood sugar levels, taking your insulin four to...
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How to Cope with Infertility

How to Cope with Infertility

Anya Sizer has a background in coaching and is the Patient Co-Ordinator for the London Women's Clinic and the Bridge Clinic in London. You can visit her website here. She has worked with hundreds of women, and couples, over the past decade who have struggled to conceive, and is a passionate advocate for fertility patients. She runs a weekly support group in Central London and speaks at conferences and workshops around fertility issues. She is also the mother of two IVF children and one adopted child, and happens to be a friend too. I chatted with her...
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