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When caring for someone with dementia, you may begin to see that daily tasks become overwhelming as the dementia becomes more severe. There are a few things to watch out for in this area.
Author Archives: Tony
Dr Jonathan Leach looks at the role friends play within the recovery state of a person mental health problems. How friendship and support, even from a stranger can be therapeutic.
‘Quite often talking is the best form of therapy and having someone who knows you, who you can confide in and can talk back to you on a personal level based on the fact they know you, can sometimes be very comforting.’
(Service user quoted in Leach, 2015)
All of us no doubt has experienced loneliness every now and then. This feeling of loneliness, it can drain one of self-esteem, it can cause us even to become depressed, and it can lead us to take on unnatural behavioral tendencies or death.
Have kids, they said. It’ll be fun, they said. When these little blessings hit the terrible two’s, things get real! We’ve held them and nurtured them from their first breath and it seems when they hit a certain age, toddler-hood, they turn into little imps running around controlling the universe. Oh, the tantrums!
As adults we tend to be opinionated about how teenagers have become in the last decade or so. Playing the devil’s advocate here, what if the teens and students are under a great deal of stress and we are simply refusing to acknowledge it?
You might have noticed that the word ‘mindfulness’ is quite ‘in’ at the moment; very trendy.
Courses on the topic have increased dramatically, articles have been published, and workshops offered.
Relationships are hard work. People get busy with life and simply neglect to nourish their union. Sometimes it turns into a competition for time between family, work and self-care. With all that happens in a day or even a week, what’s left over for sustaining a relationship?
Chronic pain. It’s horrendous, obviously painful, often debilitating and causes a plethora of other issues when conventional treatments fail. Chronic pain sufferers commonly experience anything from anxiety and depression to pain medication side-effects and addiction.
Life with kids is hectic, to say the least. If you’re lucky enough to get one down for a nap, the others will inevitably require your immediate undivided attention, the third snack for the day or your taxi skills to get to another activity. Busy mums are on the move!
Many prominent psychologists and counsellors are employing Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavior Therapy (MiCBT) as a practical approach for their clients. Therapists are using this technique more and more for bipolar disorder.
Anxiety and depression for many can be disheartening, terrifying, and even debilitating. The symptoms of anxiety can strike at any moment it seems and are usually related to a future event that may or may not happen, but the thought of it happening alone is quite enough to start the downward spiral.
One can argue mindfulness for ADHD is a bunch of hooey just as easily as they can deny ADHD even exists, but when Dr. Lidia Zylowska and her team blew the minds of disbelievers with a 2008 study, many doubters had to reassess their position.
Over recent years mindfulness has caused quite a stir in just about every life aspect, but mindfulness in ADHD deserves a special look. Here’s why!
In Dr. Zylowska’s 2008 study “Mindfulness Meditation Training in Adults and Adolescents”, 78% of participants who practices mindfulness awareness reported a reduction in ADHD symptoms. That is an incredible statistic!
Most would regard post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a medical system that occurred within the battlefield, PTSD was considered primarily, if not exclusively a condition related to soldiers and the traumas related to their war experiences.
It was therefore surprising that Radhika Sanghani found herself suffering from a post-traumatic stress disorder following a horrific coach crash in Thailand. She thought that PTSD was something soldiers in Afghanistan got – not 22-year-old Londoners who watched the Great British Bake Off.
This article is part of the open university learning course which was published in 2015, giving an overview of the mindfulness concept to the reader. Mindfulness is about focusing on the present moment, whilst at the same time accepting your feelings, thoughts, and body’s sensations.
The human brain is capable of keeping us alive through intense, extreme situations. From car wrecks and domestic abuse, to stalking and shoot-outs, we can survive horrible things.
However, just like physical trauma, mental and emotional trauma leaves wounds in the psyche. Sometimes they heal over, and you'd never even know.
Other times, though, the trauma leaves deep, painful scars. When those scars interfere with your daily life, the condition is called post-traumatic stress disorder.