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.”
“Did you know you only use 10% of your brain?” is a recurring factoid about our most mysterious organ. In fact, studies have shown that pretty much all of it is in use all the time, even when following the plot in Midsummer Murders. But what about people who have a large percentage of their brain missing?
I’m contacted by a lot of people who say they have dental phobia. A large number of them turn out to not like going, but it doesn’t stop them seeing the dentist or having work done. Alan* though was at the very opposite end of this reaction.
Many of us have been lucky enough to chance across an experience where everything just seems to flow, and perhaps even seems effortless. Unsurprisingly those times are really good for us – so how can we make them happen more often?
Living in accordance with your values is often the final step in the therapeutic process. But what if living in line with them could make you miserable?
Being left alone: the dark; dogs; clowns; injections; school; and, of course, the monster under the bed. Perhaps you recognise your own childhood fears in there. But how can you talk to your children about theirs?
“I’ve been meaning to come and see you for ages” Jackie* told me, “but…” “But life gets in the way?” I asked. “No, I just keep putting it off”. Which was exactly what Jackie wanted to see me about -procrastinating.