• Coaching

    What happens in my body when I have a panic attack?

    - by Science Focus

    To our bodies, there’s not always a clear difference between the stress of being pursued by predator and the desk job frustrations of today’s world. Humans have evolved behaviours to deal with sudden physical threats, such as predators. These are triggered automatically without conscious thought, to quickly prepare the body for running away or standing and fighting. But modern life is mostly free of marauding bears and this threat response…

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    How parents’ arguments really affect their children

    - by BBC News

    It is normal for parents to argue, but the way these disagreements affect children varies greatly. What can parents and carers do to limit the harm caused by their rows? What happens at home really does affect children’s long-term mental health and development. But it is not only the relationship between the parent and child that is important. How parents get on with each other also plays a big role…

  • Coaching

    Why Success Isn’t Everything

    - by Welldoing

    Success does not make us happy. As a society, we are extremely focused on creating success, and we often define our happiness in terms of how much success we create. We have become obsessed by the perception that happiness is driven by success: If I can get promotion I will be happy. If I am successful I will be happy. If I can increase the share price of my company…

  • Coaching

    5 ways to train your brain to stop overthinking everything

    - by HackSpirit

    Problems. We all have them. Some are small, others are big. But whatever life is throwing our way, one thing remains true: We think about them. We think about solutions and worries, whether it’s productive or not. However, sometimes this thinking can become so constant that it’s impossible to stop. But if we want to take action in our lives and live in the moment, we need to learn to…

  • Coaching

    How to break your mobile phone addiction

    - by Science Focus

    Stuck on your smartphone? Glued to YouTube? In issue 317 of BBC Focus we investigate the growing number of people entering rehab for technology addiction and what this tells us about our relationship with gadgets (read a sample here). Not all cases are so extreme, but if you just want to step down the amount of time you spend on your smartphone here are some helpful tips. Step it down gradually The urge to…

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    The Psychoanalytic Mind: Alive and Well. Science Supports Freud’s Most Important Ideas About the Mind

    - by Psychology Today

    Freud is commonly portrayed by the media, scientific journals, and even by psychology professors as the great sexualizer of human behavior: he merely proposed that babies first derive pleasure from oral fixations, then from titillating their erogenous zones, culminating in fantasizing about sex with mommy or daddy. As a result, psychoanalysis is commonly associated with this caricature of the psychosexual infant, a handful of arcane speculations Freud made over a hundred years ago. “The mind…

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    How Psychotherapy Retrains the Brain to Expect (and Feel) Better

    - by

    People enter psychotherapy with the desire to feel better, but they are often unsure how therapy will help them accomplish this goal. A common refrain from people hesitant to enter therapy is, “How is talking going to help?” People are used to talking to other people to get practical solutions to problems, and while problem-solving does have a place in therapy, change also occurs on a much deeper and unconscious level. This process has…

  • LGBT News & Advice

    Telling Gay and Lesbian Teens ‘It’ll Get Better’ Doesn’t Help Them Cope with Stress

    - by Newsweek

    Telling teenagers who are struggling with the stress of being lesbian, gay or bisexual that everything will get better does not help them and, instead, could make things worse, a study has found. Coping with sexual orientation can be a huge source of stress and anxiety for adolescents. A 2014 report by the New York-based Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network found that 80 percent of LGBT students aged between 13 and…

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    More Men Suffer Work Related Mental Health Problems

    - by Welldoing

    A new survey by Mind, the mental health charity, has uncovered that men are twice as likely to experience mental health difficulties related to work, rather than issues outside the office. Mind surveyed 15,000 employees; 14% of men questioned revealed their mental health problems were related to problems outside of work, whereas 32% blamed their work environment as the root cause of poor mental health. Women who experience mental health…

  • General Health

    Arts can help recovery from illness and keep people well, report says

    - by The Guardian

    GPs prescribing arts activities to some patients could lead to a dramatic fall in hospital admissions and save the NHS money, according to a report into the subject of arts, health and wellbeing published after two years of evidence gathering. The report, published on Wednesday, includes hundreds of interviews and dozens of case studies showing how powerfully the arts can promote health and wellbeing.  Illustration: David Shrigley Co-chaired by former arts ministers…