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Depressed? Try popping an aspirin.

It’s a sad reality that depression is now being diagnosed in epidemic proportions, and equally sad that we seem so relatively helpless to treat it. According to popular figures, more than 50% of those who suffer from major depression do not respond to treatment. That’s why the latest piece of research from the Centre for…

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STOP PRESS: Men and women are different!

We live in confusing times. So much so, that sometimes we lose track of the obvious. New research from the University of Basel is reassuringly supportive of something we women instinctively know to be true – that women experience a more potent response to emotional stimuli than men. This large scale study, the results of…

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Of mice and men (and empathy)

Anyone who has trained in counselling knows that empathy is one of the most basic tenets of the therapeutic relationship. Psychologist Carl Rogers identified empathy and two other principles, congruence and unconditional positive regard, as the three essential pillars of his client-centred approach to psychotherapy. Empathy has recently been enjoying a relative resurgence of interest…

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New Year’s resolutions and mental health

It’s a bit of a cliche, isn’t it, the whole new year’s resolution game? As natural as it is to start a brand new, shiny year with edifying intentions, does anyone ever persist for longer than it takes for the afterglow of the silly season (or possibly even the hangover) to wear off? According to…

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Merry Christmas from all at 96 Harley Psychotherapy

Well, it’s that time of year again, when we let down our hair and hang up our stockings in preparation for Christmas and the festive season. It’s also an opportunity to acknowledge that we are coming to the end of another year and, as any good therapist will tell you, endings are a great time…

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Sunlight each day keeps depression at bay

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), as the name suggests, has long been linked to the time of year; namely winter, when the days are short and the rays are in short supply. It seems reasonable to propose, then, that there may be a link between SAD and vitamin D, as sunlight is a direct precursor of…

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Fun and games

Smartphones are now equipped with a dazzling array of entertainments, using state-of-the-art graphics and algorithms. A quick pan around any public square thesedays, will reliably reveal young adults glued to their mobile devices. It’s tempting to believe they might be using the technology to further work or school objectives; probably some of them are. But…

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To your health and happiness

As you pop that last frond of parsley into your alfalfa and wheat grass shake, ask yourself a question: am I happy? Hopefully, the answer is yes and you’ll down that nutritional depth charge, slam the glass back down on the table and dash out for a 10km run with spring in your stride and…

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