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Coping With Back To School Anxiety

When we are faced with something new or unfamiliar our threat or fight/flight response kicks in.  We have evolved to respond in this way, it’s a survival strategy, if we aren’t sure what awaits us, nature believes it is best to expect and prepare for the worst: In the days when we might have found ourselves foraging for food, if a nearby bush rustled it was best to assume there was a predator lying in wait and run, if we were wrong all that was lost was some foraging time.  […]...

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Birth Trauma

by Dr Emma Gray - 27th December, 2018
Birth Trauma

In this blog I am going to explain what Birth Trauma is then share a quick quiz so that you work out if this is the problem that you are struggling with. Birth Trauma is when a parent develops Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of giving birth. It is estimated to effect 30,00 women in the UK every year or 25-35% of women. It can also affect men. For this reason I am going to refer to the sufferer as ‘the parent’. Birth Trauma occurs when what […]...

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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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