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Did You Know… #55

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 […]

Did You Know… #54

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 […]

Did You Know… #53

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, […]

Did You Know… #52

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 […]

Did You Know… #51

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 […]

Did You Know… #50

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 […]

Did You Know… #49

Morrow at el., (2019) reckon at least 80% of communication is in observable non-verbal behaviour, particularly facio-manual gesturing. 

Did You Know… #47

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 […]

Did You Know… #45

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.

Did You Know… #45

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 […]

Did You Know… #43

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 […]

Did You Know… #41

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 […]

Did You Know… #40

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)

Did You Know… #40

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, […]

Did You Know… #39

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 […]

Did You Know… #38

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: […]

Did You Know… #37

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  

Did You Know… #35

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 […]

Did You Know… #34

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 […]

Did You Know… #33

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)

Did You Know… #32

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 […]

Did You Know… #31

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 […]

Did You Know… #30

Schizophrenia affects around 0.3-0.7% of people at some point in their life, or 21 million people worldwide.

Did You Know… #29

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, […]

Did You Know… #28

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 […]

Did You Know… #27

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 […]

Did You Know… #26

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 […]

Did You Know… #24

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 […]

Did You Know… #23

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 […]

Did You Know… #22

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/

Did You Know… #21

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.

Did You Know… #20

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 […]

Did You Know.. #20

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, […]

Did You Know.. #19

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.

Did You Know… #18

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: […]

Did You Know… #17

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). […]

Did You Know… #16

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 […]

Did You Know.. #15

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 […]

Did You Know.. #14

PTSD is an anxiety disorder that involves the over‐activation of the fight and flight response.

Did You Know.. #13

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 […]

Did You Know.. #12

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 […]

Did You Know.. #11

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 […]

Did You Know.. #10

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 […]

Did You Know.. #9

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 […]

Did You Know.. #8

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 […]

Did You Know.. #7

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 […]

Did You Know.. #6

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.

Did You Know.. #5

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 […]

Did You Know.. #4

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 […]

Did You Know.. #3

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 […]

Did You Know.. #2

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 […]

Did You Know.. #1

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 […]