So this week the clock go back and the lucky ones amongst us may enjoy an extra hour in bed. For some of us though, this time of year marks a time of dread, anxiety and perhaps even utterly debilitating levels of depression… or what is otherwise referred to as… ‘winter blues’. That’s because for some people, the change in daylight hours marks the start of Seasonal Affective Disorder. What is Seasonal Affective Disorder? Seasonal Affective Disorder is known as S.A.D and is cal
Narcissists seek to control, manipulate and ultimately aim to get their own needs met in a variety of ways and by using different techniques. I liken this to watching a lone fisherman at work and call these techniques ‘bait’. In working with clients who may be experiencing narcissistic abuse I often ask them to try to visualise the narcissist sitting on the side of a bank, fishing. As he or she tries to catch their target, they will try out various different types of bait in
Article in the Autumn/Winter 2018 edition of Glamour magazine about one woman's journey of seeking help for anxiety and OCD that has so far mostly been reliant on antidepressant medication - whilst helpful at managing symptoms initially, has not allowed her to address the underlying issues. Also, now she is left with a range of negative symptoms whenever she misses a dose and is physically dependent on them.
Dr Sarah Davies comments "It is not adequate treatment. At best ant
Ensuring we get a good and broad supply of micronutrients is of course essential for optimal health and mental health. Our biochemistry is a complex system and a number of factors play key roles in our mood, behaviour and emotional health, but some of the most important vitamins for mental health are listed here: Antioxidants - A, C & E What are they? Oxidants and oxidative stress are free radicals that come from our environment and our foods. This include pesticides, process
In a broad sense, psychological trauma is experienced when an individuals emotional sense of safety or security is threatened or overwhelmed. This can occur from distressing events that are often out of the blue, like a sudden attack, accident or loss as well as from enduring ongoing situations of abuse or neglect. Traumatic experiences have a significant effect on our neurobiology. Often when bad things happen to us it triggers deep feelings of shame, worthlessness and isola
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a debilitating anxiety disorder characterised by frequent and intrusive thoughts, compulsions, urges and behaviours. People with OCD experience high levels of fear, doubt and anxiety. The undesired thoughts and obsessions are often the underlying drive to repeat various ‘rituals’ in order to temporarily alleviate apprehension and tension. These rituals include checking behaviours, obsession about cleanliness, hoarding or orderliness. Man
Orthomolecular medicine, with Nutritional Therapy being a main approach, is regarded an effective treatment in reducing symptoms of anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns. The primary aim in orthomolecular medicine (otherwise referred to as orthomolecular psychiatry in the treatment of mental illness) is to restore optimal biochemical balance in the body and brain. It is accepted that biochemical imbalances are often the root of mental health problems including