The truth about eating disorders in older women

Mention anorexia or bulimia and most people will immediately think of teenagers, and probably of teenage girls. But new research shows eating disorders such as these are secretly blighting the lives of a large number of older women, perhaps 3% of them. That apparently small percentage translates into hundreds, if not thousands, of women across […]

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Would counselling help me?

Would seeing a counsellor help me? Probably, yes. And almost certainly at some point in your life. Counselling is about change, and there are always things in our lives, feelings and relationships which we would like to be different for us. Seeing a counsellor can provide us with the space, time and security to talk […]

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Is depression and anxiety in new fathers forgotten?

A recent survey suggests that fathers might be the forgotten gender when it comes to mental health issues during and after pregnancy. A poll of 2000 new mothers and fathers by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) showed that a quarter of men said they experienced depression or anxiety during or after their partner’s pregnancy. […]

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Facing up to anxiety tougher for younger adults.

Research from Mind, the mental health charity, has found that four in five 18 to 34 year olds put on a brave face when they are anxious. Despite this one in five admitted to crying in the past week because of anxiety. The Mind poll also revealed that a quarter of this age group feels […]

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Face-time helps ward off depression

Replacing face-to-face contact with friends and family with emails, text messages and phone calls could increase the risk of depression for older people, a major study suggests. Research on 11,000 adults by Michigan University reported in the Daily Telegraph found that those who meet friends and family at least three times a week are far […]

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Depression: breaking through the rock with counselling in East Sussex

I have noticed recently a common theme amongst my clients which could be described as a caged feeling that seems to rob the world of possibility. The semi-darkness has stolen over them without notice and has settled into an inescapable malaise. My gut reaction is to reassure them that this is normal given what they […]

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What is counselling in East Sussex really like?

Therapy doesn’t have to be an intense examination of your life, where every word is loaded with meaning that must be picked over for interpretation. Often, it feels more like a relaxed conversation which an observer might think is merely a chat. It can go where it will, sometimes being distracted and unfocused. We don’t […]

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Can mindfulness therapy beat pills for depression?

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy may be as good as pills at stopping people relapsing after recovering from major bouts of depression, according to a study. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) was developed from mindfulness techniques, which encourage individuals to pay more attention to the present moment, combined with cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), specifically to try to help […]

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Can too much Facebook make you depressed?

Browsing Facebook has become a daily activity for hundreds of millions of people. Because so many people engage with the website daily, researchers are interested in how emotionally involved Facebook users can be with the social networking site and how regular use can affect their mental health. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have […]

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Do bad relationships break hearts in East Sussex? Counselling can help.

People in unhappy marriages are at a much higher risk for heart disease than people in satisfactory relationships, according to new research from the US. A study reported in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior reported that married people seem healthier because marriage may promote health. But it’s not that every marriage is better than […]

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