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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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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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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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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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