Sandeep. Living with OCD

*Please note that this is a fictitious case example, however, is based loosely on real individuals and their experiences with OCD. Background  Sandeep had always been timid for as long as she could remember. She preferred to keep herself to herself at school. She had a couple of friends who she spent break times withContinue reading “Sandeep. Living with OCD”

Panic attacks: an introduction

Those of us who have experienced a panic attack know how frightening it can be. The symptoms (e.g shortness of breath, palpitations, chest pain, dizziness) can feel so severe that they can be mistaken for a heart attack or serious illness (or even imminent death). Having one panic attack can often lead to worry aboutContinue reading “Panic attacks: an introduction”

Another side to mental health

There’s a lot of bad press around mental health. What if I was to suggest that for some people the experience of a mental health ‘crisis’ ‘episode’ or ‘breakdown’ (terms that many people I have seen used to refer to their experience), is the very thing needed to take us to a new, higher levelContinue reading “Another side to mental health”

Asking for help is a sign of strength not weakness

Asking for help can make us feel vulnerable, needy and insecure, but let’s take a look at what it takes to ask for help: Self-awareness- you need to know there a problem in order to do something about it. Trust- trust in others and belief in the power of relationships- a very healthy psychological traitContinue reading “Asking for help is a sign of strength not weakness”

A quick overview of tips for coping with low mood

Here are some helpful hints for coping with low mood that my clients have consistently found helpful: + Gratitude journal. Write down at least 3 things you are grateful for each night + Do something different: write out a list of things you can do to break out of a low mood cycle. Something toContinue reading “A quick overview of tips for coping with low mood”