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Is Sober October a Bad Idea?

Is Sober October a Bad Idea? Sober October might roll off the tongue better than Dry January but the principle is just as shaky. When I sat down to blog about it I realised that I didn’t need to reinvent the wheel. Instead I could re-post my Dry January blog, suggest that readers replace the word ‘Christmas’ with ‘Summer’ and remember that a little bit of what you fancy does you good! Click here to read the ‘Why Dry January is a Bad Idea’ article in full If you are […]...

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Dry January Is a Bad Idea!

by Dr Emma Gray - 23rd January, 2017
Dry January Is a Bad Idea!

Dry January is a Bad Idea! At a glance it seems that giving up alcohol for a whole month, especially after the excesses of Christmas, is a good idea.  However, on closer inspection is it possible that this recently popular way of dealing with January is just another version of the feast or famine approach to life that we seem so drawn to. As a society our relationship with alcohol is far from ideal.  Its social acceptability has allowed many of us to fall into the trap of ‘using’ it […]...

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Excitement Can Become Addictive!

Excitement can become addictive. For example, some researchers are concerned that children’s use of video games, particularly those that involve aggression, may be over stimulating the dopamine drive system. Each time the children score or a make a hit, their brains may be receiving little bursts of dopamine that stimulate their nervous systems. If you over stimulate the nervous system, when you withdraw the stimulant the person becomes easily bored, needing constant excitement to produce energy and they can become agitated and anxious if they don’t get their ‘fix’. Over […]...

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Is Your Therapist As Qualified As They Say They Are?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is recommended by the government as the treatment of choice for a range of mental health problems including Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Eating Disorders (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder).  In many cases the evidence has proven it to be more effective in alleviating symptoms and with longer lasting results than medication, the traditional way of treating mental health problems and the one often advocated by busy GPs with limited funding and resources. However, despite recent […]...

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