• Living with anxiety: Britain's silent epidemic

    Up to a third of the population will suffer from an anxiety disorder or panic attacks at some point in their life. But what are we all so afraid of? A good article in The Guardian: -


  • Common mental disorders on the rise among young women

    Disturbing new data from NHS Digital shows that one in five women reported a common mental disorder such as anxiety and depression in 2014, compared with one in eight men.

    The study of mental health and wellbeing is based on research on 7,500 members of the public – just over 300 of them were women aged 16-24. The 2014 data showed the gender gap in mental illness had become most pronounced in young people, and had increased since the first survey in 1993.

    Young women are the highest risk group in England for mental health problems, according to the data with this age group also showing high rates of self-harm and post-traumatic stress.Clinical hypnotherapy can be more effective than medication in dealing with anxiety, depression and

    similar issues. Therapists who are registered with the National Council for Hypnotherapy are urged to join the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) – the UK voluntary regulator set up with government support to protect the public by providing a UK voluntary register of complementary therapists.

    In treating people with anxiety and other CMDs, the NCH says: “A hypnotherapist can help assess the anxiety, identifying the root of stress or anxiety whether it is a situation, a physical issue, a past experience or a relationship.”

    Using this information, the therapist will establish what goals the person wants to achieve in their mental life and work with them to reach these goals using a range of different techniques.

    “After sessions with a hypnotherapist you may feel more confident; more relaxed in situations that have previously challenged you,” adds the NCH. “Many people say that they are calmer and that they have more clarity of thought – able to make decisions more easily.”

    See the full article from NCH here:


  • Depression explained

  • Why bad experiences are remembered out of context

    Bad experiences can cause people to strongly remember the negative content itself but only weakly remember the surrounding context, and a new study has revealed how this happens in the brain. The study has important implications for understanding conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder

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  • Gut feeling: Research examines link between stomach bacteria, PTSD

    Gut bacteria seriously affects mood and demeanor. Researchers were able to control the moods of anxious mice by feeding them healthy microbes from fecal material collected from calm mice.


  • Brain caught 'filing' memories during rest

    Memories formed in one part of the brain are replayed and transferred to a different area of the brain during rest, according to a new study in rats.The finding suggests that replay of previous experiences during rest is important for memory consolidation, a process whereby the brain stabilizes and preserves memories for quick recall in the future. Understanding the physiological mechanism of this is essential for tackling amnesiac conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, where memory consolidation is affected.

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  • Sexist video games decrease empathy for female violence victims

    Young male gamers who strongly identify with male characters in sexist, violent video games show less empathy than others toward female violence victims, a new study found.

    After playing a violent, sexist game, these male players reported lower levels of sympathy and compassion (compared to those who played games without a sexist component) when shown a photo illustration depicting an adolescent girl who had been physically abused by an adolescent boy.

    "Most people would look at these images and say the girl pictured has to be terrified. But males who really identified with their characters in the sexist, violent games didn't feel as much empathy for the victim," said Brad Bushman, co-author of the study and professor of communication and psychology at The Ohio State University.


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