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Tell someone you are suffering from bronchitis and they cluck sympathetically, promising to have the kids for an hour or so to give you a break. Tell them you are suffering from a mental illness, and their eyes start to move in different directions, their words get stuck in their…...

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Managing Anxiety

Around two years ago while I was in sixth form, my confidence plummeted after negative social experiences as well as being under immense academic pressure. When sitting in a group, I started to find myself feeling uncomfortable, even when I was with people I would usually feel comfortable around. I…...

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Depression

Depression is more than just feeling sad. It’s a mental illness that can be tremendously debilitating. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the UK, with (7.1%) adults suffering from it. While depression is slightly more common in women than…...

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What is Depression?

diagnose major depression (also called major depressive disorder) based on criteria in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, or DSM-V. A depression diagnosis is made when at least five of the following symptoms occur nearly every day for at least two weeks: Depressed mood Loss of pleasure in all or…...

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Coping with Panic Attacks.

Coping With Panic Attacks. This next sentence helps many panic attack sufferers (including me) cope with the myriad of symptoms during an attack: You’re not as out of control as you may feel.   Arguably the best piece of advice that I was given was this: “No one ever dies…...

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Anxiety and Depression: What Are the Possible Links?

Although clearly not identical emotional states, mental health research suggests that depression and anxiety often coexist because they can be caused by the same or similar factors. Genetic Factors Genetic factors contribute to 40 percent of the predisposition to depressive and anxious symptoms, with 60 percent being attributed to environmental, noninherited…...

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Why Mindfulness is so Benficial to Mental Health

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…...

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Anxiety

Anxiety is a feeling of nervousness, unease, or worry that typically occurs in the absence of an imminent threat. It differs from fear, which is the body’s natural response to immediate danger. Anxiety is part of the body’s natural reaction to stress, so it can be helpful at times, making you…...

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Anger Management

As a teen, it must be rather difficult to always be positive in every situation. Growing up in society today is challenging and teenagers are often compelled to be defensive. Teenagers are not usually compassionate individuals. They are constantly in competition and jealousy is a huge factor. The fight to…...

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Experiencing Depression

Around two years ago my confidence plummeted after negative social experiences as well as being under immense academic pressure. When sitting in a group, I started to find myself feeling uncomfortable, even when I was with people I would usually feel comfortable around. I constantly assessed things I could say…...

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