Pessimism – a case study

By |May 17th, 2018|

Stacey* had come to see me about her persistent low mood, but she had low expectations about seeing me as well. “I don’t see it working to be honest” she told me.

Study drugs – a parent’s guide

By |May 10th, 2018|

Study drugs have moved far beyond the old standby of caffeine, through coffee or Pro-Plus. Increasing pressure around academic success and pharmaceutical advances, along with lax regulation, mean that even GCSE students are turning to study drugs.

Mind Maps for study and revision

By |May 10th, 2018|

Mind Maps can be a great way of recording information, such as in lectures and tutorials, and a great way of organising knowledge during study or revision.

Study habits – 6 essential tips

By |May 10th, 2018|

Good study habits are essential if you’re to make the most of study and revision time. The most important thing is to be consistent in your study habits – you’ll get much more from one and a half hours a night than you will from seven and a half hours on the Saturday.

Will a weighted blanket help me sleep?

By |April 19th, 2018|

You may have seen an advert for a weighted blanket, or seen a reference to one in a blog or forum. They’re supposed to help with sleep, and some people claim a lot more besides. But what is really going on? Do they work? And are they safe?

5 strategies to stay motivated

By |April 12th, 2018|

Some things we might want to do – lose significant weight, start a business, redecorate the house – are long term projects. So how can you stay motivated for such a long time?

8 reasons people lose motivation

By |April 12th, 2018|

Most of us can lose our motivation at some point – perhaps a task that seems too big to tackle, or one that’s taking more time to finish than planned. Whatever is happening though, there are at heart 8 reasons why people lose motivation.

6 ways to get motivated

By |April 12th, 2018|

Some people see their motivation as being like the weather – the best they can do is hope for favourable conditions. But here are 6 ways to actively get motivated.

Parcopresis – a case study

By |April 5th, 2018|

Marcus* was quite evasive on the phone when he rang me, but also wanted to know whether I’d ever treated his condition before, and so told me he had parcopresis. He was surprised when I knew that parcopresis is the medical term for ‘shy bowel’ and he arranged to come and see me.

Sleep paralysis – frightening at first

By |March 29th, 2018|

You’re drifting off to sleep when suddenly you find yourself unable to move and unable to speak. But what’s causing that mounting sense of dread? Is it the shadowy presence you can see in the room, or the weight pressing down on your chest?