Cognitive behavioural therapy

What is a personality disorder?

What is a personality disorder?

A personality disorder is defined as: “a deeply ingrained and maladaptive pattern of behaviour of a specified kind, typically apparent by the time of adolescence, causing long-term difficulties in personal relationships or in functioning in society.” Put simply, a personality disorder is a mental health condition that affects the way a person thinks, behaves and

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OCD in children

OCD in children

With voyeuristic glee, TV programmes like ‘Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners’ offer a sneaky-peek into the world of an OCD sufferer. While to an outsider, the condition can seem fascinating, to the sufferer, OCD is a serious condition that can affect every aspect of daily life. When that individual is a child, the effects can be even

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my child has a phobia

My child has a phobia

All children experience fears and anxieties, but for some the feelings can become so intense they can turn into a phobia. What is the Difference Between a Fear and a Phobia? Fear Childhood fears will come and go, often disappearing for several years before resurfacing again. Your child may fear something one day and feel

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does counselling really work

Does counselling really work

Compared to thirty years ago, attitudes towards counselling have changed radically. In the past, people who ‘went on the couch’ were viewed with suspicion and assumed to be extremely unstable, whereas these days the question of ‘are you having counselling’ can be one of the first used to assess how someone is going to get

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Ten signs of OCD

Ten signs of OCD

We all have our little quirks, whether it’s organising cupboard space or triple checking you turned the cooker off before leaving the house. Generally, these are nothing to worry about but in some cases they could turn out to be a symptom of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). What is OCD? As the name would suggest,

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The placebo effect

The placebo effect

What is the Placebo Effect? You may have heard the phrase several times, without actually knowing exactly what it means, but the concept of a placebo is simple, yet surprisingly effective. The word “placebo” is Latin, meaning “I please” and is used to describe a medicine that has no actual physical medicinal qualities. You may

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