Depression

pregnancy trimesters

Pregnancy Trimesters

When I fell pregnant with my first child I knew absolutely nothing. Pregnancy jargon was like a foreign language to me. The word ‘Trimester’ sounded mythical, strange and complicated. I quickly discovered that it’s actually a straightforward description for the three distinct phases of pregnancy. In the normal scheme of things, a full-term pregnancy will

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Coping strategies for everyday life

Coping strategies for everyday life

Life can sometimes seem like it’s a never-ending round of work and obligations. Where’s the fun?! The danger is, that over time, physical and emotional stress can build up triggering chemical changes in the brain that can lead to mental health issues, such as depression. And it’s all too easy for this to creep up

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What do your nails say about your health

What do your nails say about your health

I suspect that what the state of my nails communicates mostly is my lack of time (or inclination?!) for a manicure. The often unkempt rigid panels at the ends of my ten digits speak of parenthood in all its glory, where washing, cooking and cleaning take their toll. Breaks, chipped varnish and ragged cuticles are

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Is your partner controlling

Is your partner controlling

If your partner seems to be more interested in influencing your behaviour than in considering your happiness then they may be too controlling. Being in a relationship with a control freak is rarely healthy, for either partner, and in many cases can actually be classed as domestic abuse. If you think your partner may be

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losing a friend can really hurt

Losing friends can really hurt

There is a lot of emphasis in our culture about the significance of primary relationships, whether it’s partners or spouses and how painful it can be when these relationships go through difficulties or end. There is however, little consideration about the impact of long term friendships ceasing even though this a fairly common experience particularity

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Parents and drugs

Parents and drugs

When it comes to issues such as drug taking, kids and teenagers are perhaps more interested in their parents’ opinion than you might think. Therefore, it’s important to chat to your kids about the issues surrounding drugs. But, if you yourself take recreational drugs, or have a drugs problem then that conversation can be a

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