With the new year freshly upon us, many of us have made ‘new years resolutions’. Some are quite specific - quit smoking, stop drinking, eat healthier, go to the gym once a week, buy a house. Mine was pretty broad compared to those - “get your life sorted.” Seems quite dramatic for a 23 year … Continue reading How to be kind to yourself when life isn’t going your way
How often do you feel shame? How often do you criticise yourself? Pretty often, I reckon. When was the last time you were kind to yourself? When was the last time you made a mistake and told yourself that it was okay? Not often at all is my guess. In the modern day we are … Continue reading What is Compassion Focused Therapy?
When I was at university we had to write an essay in our final year that was on the topic of cognitive psychology and we had to find research that used cognitive methods in order to do so. I wanted to write an essay on psychopathy - I have always been interested in mental health, the … Continue reading Are psychopaths capable of empathy?
It's mental health awareness week, so I've decided to do a blog post to make you aware of one of the most misnamed and misinterpreted mental health problems - personality disorders. What do you think when I say "personality disorder"? Some of you will think of multiple personalities, some will think of split personalities. Well … Continue reading What are personality disorders?
Most people recognise 'Folie à Deux' as Fall Out Boy's fourth studio album. However the album is named after a rare mental illness. Folie à Deux is french for "shared psychosis", and in this blog post I'm going to explore what this means, what it involves, and some cases of this strange phenomenon. Folie à Deux is … Continue reading Folie à Deux
Self injury, or self harm, is a very taboo subject within society. More people are slowly beginning to talk about it, but it is still a very uncomfortable conversation. For someone who is faced with self harm pretty much every day at work, I find the conversation a little more comfortable than others. Why? Because … Continue reading Self-injury Awareness Day 2017
Most people, especially those who work within psychology, mental health and well-being, have heard of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT is a form of therapy that encourages the client to change the way they think about situations, and therefore change the way they behave in reaction to them. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a … Continue reading What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?