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  • General Health

    Nerve stimulation treatment for depression offers new hope

    - by Science Focus

    A new device that stimulates the vagus nerve with a tiny electric current is helping people whose depression is resistant to medication.   Up to two-thirds of people suffering from depression don’t respond to medication. Now, researchers at Washington University have found that implanting a device that sends mild electrical signals to the brain from the vagus nerve – a nerve that stretches from the brain to the chest –…

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    8 Ways to Develop Emotional Resilience

    - by Welldoing

    In the UK each year 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem.  What’s more, in any given week 1 in every 6 people will be experiencing a mental health problem like anxiety or depression. Anxiety and depression are widespread, but there is a range of treatment available – including talking therapies, mindfulness, and medication.  However, just as with your physical health, there are actions you can take…

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    Men won’t talk about depression, and it’s literally killing them

    - by CNet

    Men are less likely than women to discuss mental health issues and far more likely to attempt suicide.  Can mobile apps help men save their own lives?   Meet John. John* is in his 40s. He’s extremely successful and runs his own business, borne from decades of experience in his field. That business provides for his family. John has a beautiful wife, four beautiful children, a beautiful home. John also…

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    How Do I Know if I’m An Introvert or Extrovert?

    - by Welldoing

    I do like a quick test. The boring truth is that real change and self-discovery is hard work, putting one foot in front of another. But a test gives a tantalising insight into the psyche, after just a few minutes. The following test is loosely based on the Jungian inspired Myers-Briggs test. https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test It takes about 5-10 minutes and it gives a snapshot of various dominant dimensions of your personality.…

  • Coaching

    How to Nurture More Self-Compassion

    - by Welldoing

    The only person you have a life-long relationship with is yourself. How many times have people said this to you? Or maybe you have just read this for the first time, or maybe you know it intuitively? Whatever the case, when we really begin to think about the nature of our relationship to ourself, of what that truly means for us, it can be quite surprising, indeed a little uncomfortable.…

  • 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…