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Managing the acute psychotic episode: Life on the ward

The folowing is a podcast, hosted by staff nurse John-Barry Waldron, which challenges some of the myths and taboos around mental illness in the UK today, as it provides listeners with a rare look into what life is like for patients and staff living and working in a secure mental healthcare hospital.

In Episode 1 of ‘On the Ward’, we hear from one patient in his early 40s, who has been living at St Andrew’s for more than two years. During the episode the patient speaks candidly about the street drug Black Mamba, which he says ruined his life, causing him serious problems to his mental health. He also opens up to John about his childhood, and life living at St Andrew’s.

Assistant psychologist Mel Morgan and Healthcare Assistant Michael Mullally also feature in the first episode providing insight and analysis on a range of topics such as the pathway in which patients end up in the hospital, to how and when they can leave.

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The silent crisis that is literally killing men

Your mental health is inseparable from your physical health. I know it not a revolutionary concept, but what is astounding is the stigmatisation that still surrounds men who dare to talk about their mental struggles.

Men who are vocal about any kind of mental issues can be regarded as weak or inferior. As flawed, broken guys who are more likely to be ostracised for their honesty, instead of rewarded for their bravery. Instead of affording your fellow man compassion, we mock, belittle, and turn a blind eye.

We freely spit the phrase, “Man up,” as though your gender alone should be sufficed to guide you through your darkest times.

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Checklist: Techniques for Living in the Now

Technique matters, especially when you’re trying to find a method that works for you.

Pulling yourself into the present, can be difficult if your mind doesn’t want to “let go” of your current thoughts. 

Short of giving yourself an electric shock, you need to break that unproductive connection. Here are a few things you can try to help you bring your attention where it needs to be...in the moment.

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Inhibitions

What are inhibitions

Inhibitions are the mental brakes that prevent people from showing their true feelings or thoughts. Some­times they are a conscious form of self-control, like 'biting your lip' when it seems risky to say some­thing. Often, they are un­conscious, only showing up as patterns of behaviour or habits of speaking.

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The experience of dreaming

What are dreams

Dreams are the result of mental activities occurring during certain phases of sleep. The experience of dreaming is usually that of a series of visualized events occurring in a manner that often defies logic. 

Sleep laboratory experiments have shown that all of us dream every night. but most of our dreams are immediately forgotten on waking, but it is possi­ble to increase the amount of the dream content remembered by making routine written or phone-recorded notes immedi­ately on waking.

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