5 tips for greater gratitude

Gratitude is having a bit of a moment, with on-line courses and printed ‘gratitude journals’ freely available and strongly marketed. However, there is evidence of a real association between increasing gratitude and increasing wellbeing.

Post natal depression – a case study

Joe* came to see me with the same sort of thoughts that a lot of people have – that he was wrong to feel anxious or depressed. Like them he didn’t simply struggle with his feelings, but beat himself up about being anxious or depressed, and end up feeling twice as bad. And just like them, Joe felt that whilst other people might be different, for him it was definitely wrong.

Fecal transplant – a miracle cure?

It is perhaps the logical response to the effect of your gut on your mental health – a fecal transplant from a healthy donor. If you’re squeamish about the idea of using other peoples’ poo then probably best to give this blog a miss.

I’m dreading being with someone with depression

I’m dreading spending time with someone with depression – what should I do? The images of ‘perfect’ Christmases and the expectations that people feel they need to live up to can be difficult for all of us.  For someone with depression the gap between those and reality will be even larger.  That’s why depression, or loneliness, at Christmas can feel so much worse.  So here are some do’s and don’ts for spending time at Christmas with someone with depression.

Google “Am I depressed?”

Google in the US have started to add something when people search for information on depression. From now on they will direct people to an on-line depression questionnaire.

Lack of sleep and your health

Most of us are familiar with the idea that the lack of sleep can lead to physical illness. It has, for instance, been linked to increased risk of heart disease and diabetes. But are there risks from chronic lack of sleep to our mental health as well?

What is CBT ?

CBT, or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, is a talking therapy. Whilst CBT cannot remove your problems it can help you to manage them in a much more positive way.

The uncanny feeling of deja vu

Two thirds of us will experience déjà vu (from the French for “already seen”) at some point in our lives, the feeling that you have seen something or been somewhere before, even when you know that was impossible.