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Christmas Has Made Me Depressed

Dear Dr Gray, I am worried that there is something wrong with me. I really didn’t enjoy Christmas, if I’m honest, I never do. I am surrounded by my family, have time off work and pretty much spend the whole time counting the days until I can return to normality. This makes me feel really depressed, everyone else is having a wonderful time and spends all year looking forward to it and I dread it then spend the time feeling depressed and anxious that I am not like everyone else. […]...

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Dry January Is a Bad Idea!

by Dr Emma Gray - 7th January, 2019
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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Birth Trauma Treatment

by Dr Emma Gray - 4th January, 2019
Birth Trauma Treatment

In this blog I am going to explain what treatment for Birth Trauma involves. This is a problem that affects 25-35% of women. Birth Trauma also affects men, so in this article I will refer to the sufferer as ‘the parent”. There are two treatments that are thought to be effective for Birth Trauma, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprogramming (EMDR). 1. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) After a traumatic event the way that we think about what has happened can stop us processing the experience and readjusting […]...

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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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