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The Best Treatment For OCD

by Dr Emma Gray - 17th December, 2018
The Best Treatment For OCD

In this blog I am going to explain the best treatment for adults suffering with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). This information is up to date at the time of publishing this article and is based on the recommendations made by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), an executive non-departmental public body of the Department of Health in the United Kingdom. For more information about OCD see the video below: There are 2 types of treatment that have been proven to be effective for OCD: medication and talking therapy. I will start by explaining a […]...

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Christmas Is So Expensive!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – and wonderfully expensive, too… I was struck the other day by how expensive December has been – my childrens’ Christmas parties and activities, Christmas shopping, food and otherwise. This ties in with a recent news item highlighting that the cost of home-cooked Christmas dinner has risen by 18% (!), compared to last year. One might speculate about why this has happened, and Brexit is just one of the possible contenders for an explanation. However, this blog is not about politics, but […]...

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Driving Test Nerves

by Dr Emma Gray - 10th December, 2018
Driving Test Nerves

In this blog I am going to give you 3 tips to help you to manage your Driving Test Nerves so you can maximise your chances of passing your test. First it is important to remember that up to a certain point feeling nervous can be helpful when we are facing a challenge like a driving test. Nerves motivate us to prepare, focus our awareness and improve our decision-making abilities and response times so that we can give our best performance. However, past a point, feeling nervous turns into anxiety […]...

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How To Beat The Winter Blues – Part 3

How to Beat the Winter Blues – Part 3 In part 1 of How to beat the winter blues we explored some of the biological factors contributing to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  In Part 2 we explored how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy might help us manage the symptoms of SAD.  In Part 3 we will now explore the way in which our thoughts also effect what we do and how we feel. Challenging how we think From the perspective of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy the way we think effects how we feel and […]...

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