In recent years, discoveries have found that OCD symptoms can be caused by strep C throat infections. When children with strep throat became compulsive hand-washers, MRI scans showed their caudates […]
Deep breathing is linked to positive emotion and the ability to manage anxiety (Borkovec & Sharpless, 2004). Reference: Borkovec, T.D., & Sharpless, B. (2004). Generalized anxiety disorder: Bringing cognitive-behavioral therapy […]
Researchers (Young, Lareau, and Pierre) calculated that in the DSM-5 there are 270 million combinations of symptoms that would meet the criteria for both PTSD and major depressive disorder. Reference: G. Young, […]
Olbert and colleagues (2014) reported considerable heterogeneity within the criteria of individual diagnoses, showing that in the majority of diagnoses in both DSM-IV-TR and DSM-5 (64% and 58.3% respectively), two people […]
There is a stark difference between highly specific diagnostic criteria and those with more flexibility around symptom presentation. As a result, there are almost 24,000 possible symptom combinations for panic […]
The type of voices people who suffer from schizophrenia are hearing depends on where they live. Clinical studies show that people who have auditory hallucinations in Africa and India describe […]
Morrow at el., (2019) reckon at least 80% of communication is in observable non-verbal behaviour, particularly facio-manual gesturing.
Sara Lazar is a Harvard neuroscientist and a leading researcher in the field.
Jones and Pulos (1993) looked at the process in thirty brief psychodynamic sessions and thirty-two sessions of CBT. They found that better outcome in CBT was not predicted by cognitiv […]
In a randomised control trial – patients who rated their clinician as showing greater empathy had reduced common-cold severity and and duration, and increases in immune response levels.
Suicide is the 14th leading cause of death worldwide, responsible for 1.5 per cent of all mortality and it is the leading cause of death among young and middle-aged men […]
A study in 2014 from St. Michael’s Hospital and the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Science in Toronto indicated that women are more likely to seek out psychological counselling during a […]
It was found that anxious clients rate situations as being more dangerous than control subjects do – even when given information that assured them about their safety. Reference: Arntz, Rauner […]
A study found that people perceive hills to be less steep when they’re with other people or when they imagine a supportive significant other alongside them. Simone Schnall (2008)
Evidence shows that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is strongly supported as a therapy for most of the psychological disorders in adults according to a report by Roth and Fonagy (2005). Reference: Roth, […]
Clark et al. (1999) compared standard 12-15 session cognitive therapy for panic disorder to a brief five session version of the same treatment. Both of these treatments were highly effective […]
While there are more people at work with mental health conditions than ever before, 300,000 people with a long term mental health conditions lose their jobs each year. Reference: […]
Schizophrenia affects around 0.3 – 0.7% of people at some point in their life, or 21 million people worldwide. Reference: http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736(09)60995-8.pdf
In the UK, 1 in 6 people in the last week experienced a common mental health problem.
Research by the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) shows that rates of moderate to extreme anxiety and depression among employees has soared by 30.5 per cent since records began in […]
A study (by the Department of Psychiatry at Oxford University and published in the BMJ Open) found that average outcomes for completers of a mindfulness course show participants enjoying reductions of 58% in […]
Approximately 6.65% of the total population has social phobia/social anxiety disorder once in their lives. Reference: Kessler et al., (2005) and Fehm et al., (2005 and 2007)
A review (2015) exploring the association between ethnicity, mental health problems and socioeconomic status found people from black ethnic minority backgrounds to have a higher prevalence of psychosis compared with […]
An eating disorder is characterized by abnormal eating patterns that attempt to satisfy a psychological rather than physical need. The three most common disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and […]
Schizophrenia affects around 0.3-0.7% of people at some point in their life, or 21 million people worldwide.
Stress is the human body’s natural response to any change in the environment that requires action, reaction, or adjustment to what’s normal. Though a little stress is a good thing, […]
People with mental disorders experience disproportionately higher rates of disability and mortality. For example, persons with major depression and schizophrenia have a 40% to 60% greater chance of dying permematurely […]
An estimated 7.8 percent of Americans will experience PTSD at some point in their lives, with women (10.4%) twice as likely as men (5%) to develop PTSD. About 3.6 percent […]
Individuals who participated in therapies such as counselling or antidepressant use for mental health barriers had better outcomes and personality trait changes than those who did not (a study has […]
Eating high levels of sugar has been associated with mental health illness such as depression. A recent study (July 2017) of over 8,000 adults aged 35 to 55 (in London) found […]
There is ten times more major depression in people born after 1945 than those born before. Can this be a clear sign that major depressive disorder is not due to […]
Research shows that people spend almost 47% of their waking hours thinking about something other than what they’re doing. Link to research: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2010/11/wandering-mind-not-a-happy-mind/
There are interrelationships between depression and physical health. For example, cardiovascular disease can lead to depression and vice versa. Reference: World Health Organization. “Depression.” WHO. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs369/en/. Accessed July 2017.
58% of people with depression* wish for motivation every morning. They also wished for strength (50%), happiness (49%) and peace of mind (41%). Source: Everyday Insight Study, August 2012 *patients […]
Eating disorders almost invariably occur in people who have engaged in dieting or disordered eating. Dieting is also associated with other health concerns including depression, anxiety, nutritional and metabolic problems, […]
Mental illness is associated with increased levels of worklessness, reduced productivity in the workplace, and increased rates of sickness absence. Reference: Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, 2007.
In 2013, depression was the second leading cause of years lived with a disability worldwide, behind lower back pain. In 26 countries, depression was the primary driver of disability. Ref: […]
Bipolar is the fourth most-common mental health problem worldwide after depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. Ref: Vos, T., Barber, RM., Bell, B., Bertozzi-Villa, A., Biruyukov, S., Bollinger, I., …Murray, CJ.. (2013). […]
Aerobic exercise, such as using the treadmill, walking or cycling, performed for 30-40 minutes, three times a week for at least a 12 week period, was effective at improving mental health outcomes in people with […]
There are physical benefits of mindfulness – refer to the image for an insight
EVERYTHING you put into your body affects not just your body, energy, weight, and performance but crucially your health, including your mental well-being. There are numerous studies showing that where […]
PTSD is an anxiety disorder that involves the over‐activation of the fight and flight response.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists state: “antidepressants don’t necessarily treat the cause of the depression or take it away completely.” Their research indicates that 50-65% of sufferers affected by depression […]
As early as 1939, Dr. Harry Stalker at the University of Edinburgh published outcome data on 3551 patients with schizophrenia. He reported that 21% were in complete remission or social […]
Up to 60 percent of those who have had one depressive episode will have one or more additional ones; for those who have already relapsed once, 60 to 90 percent […]
In 2005 it was suggested by a leading expert in this field of research that there was now enough folic acid facts to justify a recommended treatment of a daily […]
Research studies have shown that daily dosages of 1,000-2,000 mg of the EPA form of omega-3 fish oil are helpful in alleviating symptoms of depression. The improvements in mood generally take […]
The foods we eat indirectly but indisputably influence the function of our brains. A 2009 study published in the JAMA Psychiatry found that individuals who ate a Mediterranean diet rich […]
If you can be happy with simple things, it will be simple to be happy. A research study* had participants write down five gratitude’s, events or hassles. Those participants that wrote down […]
Studies show three 20 to 30 minute walks a week outperform, from a happiness perspective, test groups on anti-depressants and test groups doing both the walking and taking the anti-depressants.
The use of omega-3 supplements has been used to effectively treat major depression, according to a recent study (published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry). While the benefits of omega-3 […]
A study (from the journal Public Health Nutrition) has shown that eating commercial baked goods (i.e. cupcakes, croissants and doughnuts) and fast food (i.e. burgers, hotdogs and pizza) is linked […]
Recent research shows that a daily gratitude practice can lead to increased concentration, enthusiasm, optimism and satisfaction – not to mention improved sleep quality and a greater sense of connection […]
Eating chillies can give you a natural mood boost as they contain capsaicin, the chemical that causes the hot sensation. This causes the brain to release endorphins, which are your […]
Recent research has shown that an 8 week mindfulness mediation class can lead to structural brain changes including increased grey-matter density in the hippocampus, known to be important for learning […]