Work lies at the heart of every community, from the smallest tribe to the biggest civilization. Work supports society, gives structure and purpose to life, keeps the body and brain occupied and promotes a sense of satisfaction. When work is rewarding and... read more on work related stress ›Read more
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"Is my relationship abusive?" is a question often asked in couple counselling. The answer is quite complex. Many relationships have the potential to be abusive, it is not class or age related, so how would you know? There may be periods where one person may... read more on abuse ›Read more
Addiction refers to a difficulty in controlling certain repetitive behaviours to the extent that they have harmful consequences. They are the result of powerful compulsions to use and do certain things excessively, often out of a need to escape from upsetting... read more on addiction(s) ›Read more
Whether you are an adoptee, an adoptive family, or the birthparent of a child who was adopted - the emotional impact of the adoption process is likely to be life-long. Though the experience of each individual involved is likely to vary, for many the journey... read more on adoption ›
Anger is a basic emotion that is central to the survival of our species. Feeling angry is a natural human response to certain life experiences, and it occurs particularly at times when we come under attack, feel deceived, insulted or frustrated. Anger helps... read more on anger management ›Read more
Anxiety is a simplistic blanket term which covers a wide range of problems from the temporary effects of stress to panic attacks, compulsions, phobias or debilitating nervous illness previously known as ‘nervous breakdown’. Common in all these... read more on anxiety ›Read more
Sometimes children and young people (and their families) may need extra support if they are finding it difficult to deal with or understand their emotions and/or behaviour. Schools often provide professionals to help young people and their families, such as... read more on child related issues ›
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition which is also known by several other names including myalgic encephalomyelitis/encephalopathy (ME), chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS) and post viral fatigue syndrome (PVFS). Despite the various... read more on chronic fatigue syndrome/me ›Read more
Depression is a common condition that will affect around one in 10 people at some point in their life. It is a complicated illness that affects each person differently and has a wide variety of symptoms and causes. The unhappiness and low mood that... read more on depression ›Read more
Someone who has an eating disorder will be intently focused on their weight and body shape, which they may perceive as being unattractive or overweight. These perceptions lead to changes in eating habits which can affect the person's physical and mental... read more on eating disorders ›Read more
Many of us have had the experience of turning around because we thought someone said our name, only to find no one there. When this happens we tend to shrug it off and continue on with our day, it is only when our experience of hearing voices goes beyond this... read more on hearing voices ›Read more
Living organ donation is exceptionally generous and altruistic, and has been repeatedly described as perhaps the most meaningful act that one human can carry out for another. While the impact of such an act can of course be incredibly rewarding on both a... read more on living organ donation ›Read more
Self-confidence is about trusting your own judgement and feeling comfortable with your abilities and powers. It is the means to realise your full potential and be the person you want to be. Self-confidence allows you to feel secure in the world and allows... read more on low self-confidence ›Read more
People whose lives are dominated by compulsive hand-washing or having to re-check the locks in their home often suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder. It usually involves obsessions (intrusive thoughts or impulses) and compulsions (repeated behaviours)... read more on obsessive compulsive disorder (ocd) ›Read more
We've all heard the phrase in books and films before, but what does it really mean to be 'passive aggressive'? We often give this name to people who are particularly difficult, stubborn, unreasonable, or 'tight-lipped'. These people try hard to keep their... read more on passive aggressive behaviour ›Read more
Our personality is always distinct and describes how we show ourselves to the world. Some people are outgoing and confident whilst others are shy and reserved. Personality is a mixture of both inherited characteristics from our ancestors, and traits developed... read more on personality disorders ›
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Dependent personality disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
Traumatic events such as natural disasters, abuse and accidents can be highly distressing to experience, yet the way in which individuals respond to and perceive these events will vary considerably. It is understandable for people to feel a great deal... read more on post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd) ›Read more
When you discover you are pregnant, a certain degree of stress and anxiety is to be expected - whether the pregnancy was planned or unplanned, the implications of a positive pregnancy test can be overwhelming. While this is a normal experience for many, there... read more on pregnancy and birth ›Read more
Relationships are a very meaningful part of our lives, and can bring us a great deal of happiness and fulfilment. Strong connections with our loved ones, friends and work colleagues allow us to be at our healthiest and most productive, and for many these... read more on relationship issues ›Read more
Suicidal thoughts can be very frightening. If you do want to end your life, the thoughts and emotions you feel right now probably seem unbearable. Perhaps you feel worthless, like no-one cares about you, or that you're not even worth caring about. Perhaps you... read more on suicidal thoughts ›Read more
Tourette's syndrome is a neurological illness, which usually begins during childhood. This disorder is distinctive due to quick, sudden movements that an individual makes but is unable to control. The earliest signs of Tourette's syndrome are small, recurrent... read more on tourette's syndrome ›Read more
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