Family Lost

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This is Chapter Three from my forthcoming book: ‘Stop!Battle Against Psychiatric Sales‘. Often the most poignant insights come directly from the mouths of those who have been through it all and emerged at the other side, determined to help others avoid the pain they themselves have endured. Billy and his mother Sharon didn’t have to…

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Are you Drinking Alone?

In this age of over-the-counter medication, we are all used to the idea that if we have an ailment, whether that be a headache, indigestion or some other physical gripe, we take a chemical substance to relieve it. But how many of us ever stop to think about our use of non-prescribed substances to manage…

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Anxiety: the Silent Killer!

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Depression consists of up to 70% anxiety symptoms, which include fear-based thoughts (e.g. ‘they will laugh at me if I do that’); an inability to function, constant checking (for example, whether you have secured the house or switched off the oven) and sleep disturbance. There can also be a severe impact on our bodies in…

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The Most Evil Game of All

The Most Evil Game of All

Image Copyright: klikk / 123RF Stock Photo We all suffer from occasional lapses of memory and muddled thinking, whether it’s forgetting where we last put the car keys, turning up for an appointment on the wrong day or completely grasping the wrong end of the stick in an email exchange. But imagine that these frustrating…

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Where is your Relationship Heading?

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Where is your Relationship Heading?

If the TV ads were to be believed, the Christmas and New Year period is a time when all families unite and happy couples giggle under the mistletoe, as they lavish gifts on one another. In reality, those idealistic images can be a source of pain for those whose relationships are not in a happy…

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Managing Our Internal Parent

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Managing Our Internal Parent

Image copyright: marieappert / 123RF Stock Photo We’ve all had that horrible experience: you invite a couple over, or you meet them somewhere for dinner, and they start fighting, right there in front of you — the character assassination; the barely controlled anger; the silences, awkward moments and chaos. Then comes the blame for ‘who…

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What Does Success Mean to You?

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What Does Success Mean to You?

As published in Flybe Business in September/October 2012 It’s a question that could easily crop up in a job interview, or during a meeting with the bank manager, and you might already have prepared a set of stock answers: is it 4 per cent growth year-on-year, making a net profit by 2013 or being the…

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‘Stuckness’ & Breaking Free

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‘Stuckness’ & Breaking Free

Being stuck in a painful or unsatisfactory situation is one of the most unhappy experiences a person can suffer and underlies many of the ailments for which people seek (or do not seek) counselling and psychotherapy. Individuals can be bound by their own habit-patterns, for example in the way they react to situations (with anger,…

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