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Have we lost track of Time

Let me tell you a story. It is the story of a young woman, in her mid-twenties. She lives in a big city, has a stable and well-paid job, and some good friends. She gets along with her family well. She also has a lover. She is very close to…...

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Depression

It’s not easy knowing what to say to someone when they’re struggling with a condition like depression or overwhelming anxiety. In some ways it’s like talking with someone who lost a loved one — we want to be supportive, but we’re afraid we’ll say the wrong thing. Many patients have described to me…...

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Diet and Depression

Just this week, I have seen three patients with depression requiring treatment. Treatment options include medications, therapy, and self-care. Self-care includes things like sleep, physical activity, and diet, and is just as important as meds and therapy — sometimes more so. In counseling my patients about self-care, I always feel like…...

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Helping a loved one with depression: from recognising the symptoms to providing support

Supportive family and friends can be a crucial lifeline for someone suffering with depression. Sometimes family members or close friends will be able to spot signs of depression in a loved one before they do, so it’s good to know what to watch out for. They may then encourage the…...

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How To Deal with Anxiety

Anxiety can be triggered by a multitude of scenarios. It may be your first day at a new job, an important presentation, or something as simple as riding on public transport. Everybody experiences anxious moments from time to time, but there are some who experience anxiety to a debilitating degree.…...

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Your pet could be your best ally against stress and anxiety

If social interactions withother people canbe an important source of stress for anxious people, sometimes even going to the extent of triggering heavy panick attacks, our animal friends could have the exact opposite effect. If you happen to have a dog, or a cat already, you probably know that when…...

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5 smartphone apps againist depression

As technology is now everywhere, means to fight your depression are also available on your phone. Here is a selection of 5 of the best apps developed to make you feel better. Positive Activity Jackpot Not so long ago, we were talking about the benefits of engaging in fun and…...

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Why Mindfulness Is So Beneficial To Mental Health

For people with a loathing of anything that sounds like a wacky concept bear with us.  Mindfulness is proven to work and its N.I.C.E. accredited which means the experts endorse it as a tool against depression. Oxford Dictionaries defines mindfulness as “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on…...

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My introduction to panic attacks

I wish someone had told me what it was like before I had my first panic attack. And I wish someone had told me that the anxiety I had struggled with before could actually get much worse. Just like you, I am an anxious mind. I was out eating dinner…...

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Social Anxiety Disorder

Social anxiety disorder, also known as ‘social phobia’, is defined as a fear of negative evaluation by others. It is a common form of anxiety that usually starts during adolescence and for some people it can go away on its own, however, for many people it can become an ongoing…...

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