Mental health

Covid-19 Survival Tips

We are hopefully over the worst of the restrictions for Covid-19 but this experience has been stressful and you may be left feeling negative, anxious or depressed due to this experience changing the way we live and view are environment.   Maintaining our psychological wellbeing is important because when are mental health is strained our physical …

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Dealing with the long-term effects of childhood bullying.

The effects of childhood bullying can be devastating and without interventions can extend into adulthood.  Let’s first understand bullying as aggressive behaviour or intentional harm-doing by peers that is carried out repeatedly and involves an imbalance of power, either actual or perceived, between the victim and the bully (Olweus 1993).  Bullying can take the form of direct bullying, which includes …

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Screen time effects on health and wellbeing from childhood to adulthood.

It’s not really a surprise finding out that people spend an average of 10 hours a day using screens.  Given that we are spending so much time on screens its good to know how this is affecting your health.  Screen time affects us differently from childhood through to adulthood, so I will talk about the …

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The difference between Narcissism and Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

The term ‘narcissism’ tends to be overworked these days and is often used to describe someone who is self-centred or ‘obnoxious’ but it’s important to remember there is a difference between someone having narcissist tendencies and someone who has a pathological diagnosis of Narcissistic Personality disorder (NPD). So when does a ‘self-centred’ and obnoxious’ person …

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What are personality disorders and what are the symptoms?

Personality disorders are diagnosed in 40–60% of psychiatric patients, making them the most frequent of psychiatric diagnoses. So what are personality disorders? Personality disorders are a class of mental disorders characterised by patterns of behaviour, cognition and inner experience that are evident in almost all aspects of a person’s life. Those diagnosed with a personality …

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What is self-compassion and why is it such a hard thing to do?

The concept of self-compassion sounds easy enough, but for some people it’s difficult to do.  Most people have heard of the saying “you are your own worst critique” meaning it’s easier to find a minute mistake in our achievements, career, study, relationships, appearance, body image or financial status rather than compliment ourselves for an achievement.  …

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Neuroplasticity and overcoming the effects of childhood trauma with mindfulness…

According to the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence, 60% of adults have experienced trauma in their childhood. Experiencing childhood trauma affects people emotionally and the long-term effects can develop into disorders such as; depression, anxiety, suicidal behaviours, Post-traumatic stress disorder, anti-social behaviour, Borderline personality and dissociative disorders.   However, experiencing childhood trauma …

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