Thinking vs Feeling – Which One is Holding You Back?

by Andrea Blundell Do you overanalyse everything? Or are you more the type to be an emotional wreck? Between thinking vs feeling, what one is holding you back more, and what might that mean for your mental health? Thinking vs feeling – do you really know the difference? Thoughts are mental, or ‘cognitive’, processes. Our … [Read Entire Story]

Depression and Relationships – 10 Ways One Affects the Other

by Andrea Blundell Acting differently with your partner and can’t stop? Or dating someone who is not themselves lately, and wonder if it is depression? What is it you need to know about depression and relationships?  Depressed, or sad? We all feel low at times. But sadness and depression are not the same. Depression can … [Read Entire Story]

Your Living Space and Your Mental Health – 7 Ways to Make it Work

by Andrea Blundell If ever there was a time to make sure your living space wasn’t negatively affecting your mental health, a lockdown would be it. 7 Ways to Troubleshoot Your Living Space How can you make sure your home isn’t bringing you down? 1. Take an honest appraisal of your home’s health. It’s well … [Read Entire Story]

Feel Like Giving Up? How to Keep Going on Days You Just Can’t

by Andrea Blundell Totally overwhelmed more often than not lately? Feel like giving up? It’s not an easy time in the world, and if this is combining with personal problems, it can just feel too much. 7 Things to do when you feel like giving up How can you keep going when it feels too … [Read Entire Story]

“Why do I Always Have Bad Luck”? (Hint: It Might Be You)

By Andrea Blundell Always have bad luck compared to everyone around you? Feel like you were born under a bad star? And spend your life telling everyone who will listen one unbelievable story after another? Why is it you are always the unlucky one? You might have more control over this than you think. Bad … [Read Entire Story]

Nostalgia – is Missing the Past Good or Bad for You?

Often think about your past? Or wish you could go back in time and have the life you had? Or the world we all once had before the coronavirus pandemic? Nostalgia has direct implications on our mental health. What is nostalgia? Nostalgia is a longing for our past, albeit a possibly romanticised version. We can … [Read Entire Story]

A day-in-the-life of depression

Midlife Crisis, Depression, or Anxiety? How to Tell the Difference

By Andrea Blundell Somewhere between aged 40 to 60 and not been feeling yourself? Uncertain if it’s a midlife crisis, anxiety, or depression? Midlife and mood disorders A midlife crisis is a standalone issue, as are depression and anxiety. But they can be bedmates. Midlife can involve difficult realisations about mortality and what [Read Entire Story]

Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Depression

"I'm Fine" – Learning To Live With Depression | Jake Tyler | TEDxBrighton

Why Second Lockdown Stress is Worse (And 7 Ways to Deal)

by Andrea Blundell The first Covid19  lockdown was an out of nowhere, once in a lifetime experience. Except… it wasn’t. It’s happening again. And so is your anxiety and stress. Why are you feeling so bad? Shouldn’t you know how to deal by now? Second lockdown stress Just like this lockdown is in some ways … [Read Entire Story]

5 Signs Someone's Depression Calls for Inpatient Care

How to Improve Your Mental Health – Depression, Anxiety, Stress

What Is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and How Is It Used to Treat Anxiety and Depression?

What is Conversion Disorder?

Have you been very ill of late? But doctors can’t find a known cause? A doctor or psychiatrist might give you a diagnosis of ‘conversion disorder’. What is conversion disorder? Conversion disorder involves having a physical illness that medical tests can’t find the cause of. And in some cases it’s quite a serious set of … [Read Entire Story]

Reaching Out Hard? 12 Keys to Getting Support

by Andrea Blundell Read advice that tells you that if you feel low, just ‘reach out’? But attempts you have made (if any) have gone poorly and left you feeling bad? Reaching out is a skill that not all of us learned as a child or were encouraged to do. On a good note, skills … [Read Entire Story]

Dating Someone With Depression – 12 Things You Need to Know

by Andrea Blundell Dating someone with depression can be a lot to navigate. What can help? **if you believe your partner is in immediate danger of  hurting themselves or someone else please get to the nearest hospital or call emergency services. Dating someone with depression is a choice First things first. Remember that you chose … [Read Entire Story]

How to Improve Your Mental Ability at Age 50?

The Foods for Better Cognitive Function Do you suffer from lagging cognitive function, and cannot tell how to restore your once sharp mental ability? While we all experience cognitive decline now and then, the symptoms become severe and conspicuous as we age. If you are aged 50 and above, then you might feel that you… [Read Entire Story]

The Christmas Blues – Why They Happen and How to Manage

Christmas cheer is a great concept. Yet it’s often far from the reality of this time of year, when depression becomes a battle for many. For some it all sadly becomes too much – the Office for National Statistics in the UK has previously reported up to a 3% rise in female suicides and a … [Read Entire Story]

Prone to Depression? Why Stress Might Be Harder For You

Depression – more common than you think? The World Health Organisation estimates that 350 million people are affected by depression worldwide, and sadly, many who suffer don’t seek help. Over 800,000 people commit suicide each year. Suicide is in fact the second leading global cause of death for the age range of 15-29. So what … [Read Entire Story]

What is Childhood Trauma and Did You Experience It?

Childhood trauma is an event, situation, or environment you experienced as a child that left you feeling vulnerable and like you couldn’t count on the world or other people to keep you safe. For many, childhood trauma has the unfortunate consequence of affecting your ways of thinking and of relating to the world and others as … [Read Entire Story]

Can Time Alone Improve Your Moods?

In our modern online culture of ‘sharing’ our lives non-stop, the emphasis is firmly on the social. From having a high friend or followers count, to posting pictures of yourself doing things with friends or family, being alone appears to have gone out of style. And for too many of us, time [Read Entire Story]

How to Exercise More (Even if You You Are Depressed)

How necessary is exercise for your mental wellbeing? Very. Research increasingly shows that  exercise can do wonders, including one study finding that it can have as much of an effect on depression as antidepressants. (For more on this read our piece, Exercise and Depression). And yet for many of us it’s a challenge to make … [Read Entire Story]

Seasonal Affective Disorder – In Summer?

The kids are off school, work has slowed down a bit, and barbecue party season is in full swing. Your vacation away is pending, and everyone around you seems happy and excited. So why aren’t you? Is it just the stresses of summertime getting you down… or something more? Despite seasonal affective disorder (SAD) always … [Read Entire Story]