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Childhood trauma and the effects it has on later life



It's well-known that traumatic experiences in childhood increase the likelihood of depression and other mental health problems in adult life.

However, an investigation suggests that there could well be an upside to these childhood experiences as well.

People who reported that they'd experienced the death of a close family member or parental separation before the age of 17 showed increased levels of empathy, a greater ability to see things from alternative perspectives and had a better understanding of other people's emotional states.



Mental Health Care and Stigma

Although the UK’s awareness of mental health care has improved radically since the 1960s, there is still an associated stigma that would surprise most Americans. For instance, a visit to a psychologist in the US is perceived as somewhat routine, but that’s not so in Britain, where seeking therapy is a big step – it’s an admission of an illness that is considered shameful, so therapy sessions would probably be kept secret.

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You CAN Overcome A Foggy Brain

If you are wondering what brain fog is, it’s basically just the opposite of when you feel calm, optimistic, level-headed and motivated. 

It’s understandable why it can rob one of happiness and inspiration, increasing the likelihood of depression and anxiety. 

Even the medical fraternity has not recognized this ‘condition’ as a real, specific health condition - in medical literature; brain fog is usually described as a ‘mild cognitive impairment’. And coffee doesn’t help!

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Urban Stress

Researchers have discovered that growing up or living in the city affects how stress is processed in the brain. “Previous findings have shown that the risk for anxiety disorders is 21 percent higher for people from the city, who also have a 39 percent increase for mood disorders,”

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Emotional Health: Journal therapy is a wonderful therapeutic tool

What is emotional health? 

A very important part of each of our lives. In fact, if our emotional health is not good, it is not likely that our physical health will be up to par either. 

Emotional health is what helps you to reach your full potential, it enables you to work productively and it also helps you to cope with all the stresses and knocks of life effectively. All the above can’t function properly if your physical health is poor.

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Is talking to a friend the best kind of therapy?

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)

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Can We Cure Loneliness

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.

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