6 Depression Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

Everyone feels a little down in the dumps now and then. But sadness and withdrawal can become crippling, putting you at risk for a number of serious conditions and consequences, including suicide. Depression symptoms aren’t always as obvious as frequent crying and overwhelming despair. “Oftentimes the changes are subtle, and the person may not notice, but their friends and loved ones may,” says Boadie W. Dunlop, MD, director of the mood and anxiety program in the psychiatry department at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. Still, there’s no one pattern. Depression symptoms may gradually progress from mild, such as choosing to stay home to watch TV instead of going out with friends, to more severe, such as thoughts of suicide. Or someone may go from seeming perfectly happy to […]

Is your partner trying to quit smoking?

Here’s how to give your partner the emotional support they need 22 MAY 2015 } by Psychologies Quitting smoking can be an emotional time for your partner. Here are 10 ways you can provide the support they need to overcome their cigarette cravings. The urge to smoke can be powerful – when people quit, they find themselves on an emotional roller coaster. If your partner is giving up, they need your support and encouragement, but helping them through the process can be tough on you as well. We look at what you can expect, and what you can do to help both of you cope while quitting smoking. Using nicotine replacement therapy products, like Nicotinell Support Icemint that releases a small amount of nicotine, may help them feel more in […]

Is your child stressed about exams?

ChildLine reported a 200% increase in requests for help since 2012, with teens desperately seeking solutions for anxiety, exam pressure and problems with teachers. As exam pressures mount, journalist Claire Eastham writes about how stress at school can affect your life and how we can help our children to navigate challenges 20 MAY 2015 } by Psychologies I’ve had Social Anxiety Disorder from the age of 15 and the recent ChildLine reports prompted me to think about this in relation to my own time in education. I can easily summarise those five years in one word: terror. Secondary school laid the foundations for later issues with mental health. Like many, I found the experience to be hard and unnerving. For the first time in my life, I was forced to […]

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