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Baby Blues

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After the birth of a baby about half of all mothers suffer a period of mild depression called the blues. For these distressing emotions arise causing intense sadness and you may cry for no particular reason. If you are a new mother and find this is happening to you be reassured that the blues don’t […]

Post Natal Depression

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How sad it is that Charlotte Bevan and her four day old baby girl have died. I don’t know what it is like where Charlotte lived, but it is shameful that in 40% of the country, specialist maternal mental illness services are not provided. This is when up to 20% of women develop a mental […]

Belly Breathing

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BELLY BREATHING   This is slow breathing from the “diaphragm” or belly, that relaxes you and directly reduces many of the symptoms of anxiety and panic. It can be both the first step in mastering panic and the first step in learning meditation. Plan to practice Belly Breathing once a day, starting with five minutes. […]

When Anxiety is your companion

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Anxiety is a common problem. We all know the feeling of anxiety, the fear that something unpleasant is about to occur. Often it happens when we face difficult or new situations. Because it is so common, serious anxiety go unrecognised and so untreated. It can cause you a lot of distress, and, for some people, the anxiety can […]

Empathy the way forward when we care

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Remember the images that flooded the media when a young boy fell into Gorilla enclosure at a zoo? The shock when a Gorilla sat with and protected that child until help came. That was empathy at its best and showed that it isn’t just a human trait. Being empathic can be very hard at times […]

There are wounds that never show

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“There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.” ― Laurell K. Hamilton, Mistral’s Kiss One of the problems faced by people who have mental health or emotional problems is that the issues are invisible. It is often said that if you could put mental […]