Depression

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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weather and mood

How weather affects our mood

Do you feel invigorated in a rainstorm? Refreshingly breathless in strong winds? Light of heart in the summer sun? The effect the weather can have on our moods is quite astonishing, but not everyone responds to the same conditions in the same way, and the feelings experienced can be unexpected. Learning to recognise how prevailing

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when will i know when i hit the menopause

How will I know when I hit the menopause

Whether you are dreading it, can’t wait for it, or are in the midst of it, the one thing of which you can be certain is that the menopause is a different experience for each woman. It can be a difficult time as in most instances you can’t be certain of a definite beginning, nor

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Telling a child about the death of a grandparent

Telling a child about the death of a grandparent

The passing of Nan or Granddad may be the first experience your child has of death. What, and how you break the news to them will depend on many things – the age of your child, the relationship they had with the grandparent, how mature they are, and so on. We all want to protect

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What is ME

If you’re a working parent there’s high chance you’re always tired…so how do you know if it’s just the regular toll of daily life, or something more serious like chronic fatigue syndrome? Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), or ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis ), is long-term tiredness that has actually become debilitating. You will most likely have other

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Worried about your childs drug use

If you are worried about your children and drugs there are things that are useful to think about in terms of how you approach them with your concerns. If you still have an open and close relationship with your child it will be easier to bring up a conversation and voice your worries, but if

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