This time of year can be full of road rage triggers – hot weather; busy roads; driving to work when everyone else seems to be out driving for pleasure; trying to drive for pleasure while arguing with your partner or your children. If you’re prone what can you do to avoid road-rage?
The UK’s long promised age-verification for on-line pornography, due in July 2019, has been indefinitely delayed. So, does that mean that you can relax about your children accessing porn because there’s nothing really to worry about?
I’ve written before about illnesses that are restricted to certain countries, like heavy legs in France. But would it surprise you to know that there are some psychological conditions, like Stendahl Syndrome, that can affect people who travel to specific cities?
Kim* was very on edge when she came to see me. “My anxiety’s 9 out of 10 if you’re asking” she told me, “and I’m terrified you’ve got some needles in the room somewhere, ready to show me.” Kim was phobic about injections, and it had taken her a lot to come and see someone.
Marianne* asked me if it would be okay if she brought her husband Robert* with her when she came to see me. “The thing is”, she told me, “I’ve got no idea what it is I’m doing because I’m asleep through the whole thing. It’s Robert really who’s there for it”.
News that the NHS is opening a National Problem Gambling Clinic for children and young people aged 13 to 25 has brought childhood gambling into focus. But why do children start gambling, and what signs should you be on the look-out for?
I’ve written before about orthorexia, where the wish to eat healthily actually shades into an eating disorder. Well now I’m writing about orthosomnia – where trying for a good night’s sleep actually becomes a problem.
Back in February 1990 the world looked on amazed as Nelson Mandela walked to freedom out of Victor Verster Prison. However, a sizeable number of people were profoundly shocked, as they distinctly remembered him dying in prison years before. This false memory was so compelling it’s led to an idea called the Mandela effect.
Hangovers bring many things – dehydration, headaches and nausea but also feelings of anxiety and guilt. This ‘hangxiety’ isn’t simply caused by what we can or can’t remember doing – it’s the way alcohol physically changes our brain.
“I don’t even think that I should be here if I’m honest” Barry* told me. “My wife said that I should see you about my thoughts, but to be honest I don’t think there’s anything wrong with them.”