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It's not happening now

In honour of Mental Health Awareness Month, which started in America as long ago as 1949, I wanted to write something pertinent to this year’s theme: “Life with a mental illness”. 570 more words

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Impermanence and the illusion of 'finding yourself'

Am I the only person who inwardly, and sometimes outwardly, groans whenever someone says “you can’t love someone else until you love yourself” or “be true to yourself?” 475 more words

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Thinking errors and depression

“he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow”
Ecclesiastes

I owe a great deal of the content of this blog to Neel Burton’s “Psychiatry” (2nd edition), which I cannot recommend highly enough to anyone looking for a grounding in the aetiology, diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses. 701 more words

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The "F" Word

In 2016 we like to think that we can say or do anything we like. We pride ourselves on being tolerant, progressive and open minded.  Yet even now there is still one word that is certain to make everyone in a room shift awkwardly in their chairs or sigh deeply and roll their eyes, “here we go!” 309 more words

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Anchoring

I’d like to tell you about a technique I use when I’m feeling overwhelmed with emotion, which I call ‘anchoring’.

Just to clarify, I’m not talking about the  266 more words

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Parent, adult or child?

What we can learn from transactional analysis?

Eric Berne’s theory of transactional analysis posits that we all assume the role, or ego state, of either parent, adult or child in relationships. 203 more words

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CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

In my late teens I decided that I wanted to find a non-prescription way to tackle my depression. After discussing my options with my GP, we mutually decided that the best treatment available was CBT, or… 626 more words

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