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How To Rewire A Brain Traumatised During Childhood

When a child experiences neglect or abuse early in their life, it has a significantly detrimental effect on their physical, mental and emotional development. Trauma can be a repeating event, a sudden single event or a pattern of interaction between an abuser and child. Severe neglect is the most common form of trauma and has the biggest impact on brain development.

The brains of children who have been abused and neglected develop differently. Even before they are born, many children in care...

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Food for a Healthy Female Brain

The Mediterranean diet is perfectly suited to improve a woman’s brain health. Women who follow the Mediterranean diet have younger looking brains. But, unlike women who eat a western diet, show no early brain signs of Alzheimer’s disease, and experience fewer and milder menopausal symptoms. I share a simple step-by-step Mediterranean-style diet plan with the right intake of nutrients to help women keep their brain young, reduce menopause symptoms and protect them against...

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'Mum, What's Wrong With You' with Lorraine Candy

parenting teenagers Jun 08, 2021

What happened to the sweet little girl who you’ve loved and nurtured for more than decade? Who is this irrational, untidy and moody young women living in your house, who seems to find everything about you so embarrassing? In this episode, I have a really interesting and wide ranging discussion with parenting columnist, Lorraine Candy, about how to survive the challenges of parenting teenage girls. We cover topics ranging from why teenage girls are so mean to mums to best ways to...

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Managing Menopausal Brain Symptoms

brain health Jun 01, 2021

The menopause opens a new chapter in a woman’s life that can take her on a roller coaster ride of foreign feelings lasting easily a decade or more. From hot flushes to low mood to insomnia to forgetfulness, menopause can be deeply distressing for many women. I look at the impact of fluctuating hormones on a woman’s brain health and how to manage well-being during menopause.

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Hope Helps Your Mental Health

mental health May 25, 2021

I talk to Jonny Benjamin, a mental health campaigner, about his truly extraordinary story and new book, ‘The Book Of Hope’. Jonny was 20 and standing on the edge of Waterloo bridge about to jump. A passer-by, a stranger, noticed his distress and took the time to talk to him. It was a moment of kindness and compassion that change the course of his life. His new book, which brings together 101 different voices on overcoming adversity similarly aims to inspire compassion, courage,...

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Why Are Teens So Moody?

parenting teenagers May 18, 2021

You probably expected to get some attitude when your child arrived in the teenage years. But the constant eye-rolling, emotional outbursts and “You are so embarrassing” comments may be harder to handle than you imagined. In this episode, I discuss why a teenager’s life is so full of emotions and angst and how to cope with their emotional highs and lows.

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Overcome Depression Without Medication (With Nic Saluppo)

Uncategorized May 04, 2021

Imagine it was possible to successfully treat depression without needing to take any form of anti-depressant drug. Today I talk to therapist, Nic Saluppo, about his incredible journey to heal his own depression without using medication. Nic experienced psychological trauma as a child that led to severe depression as an adult. But he has managed to cure his depression for good - naturally, and after 9 years - by learning to experience the feelings he had been suppressing from his...

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Why Teenagers Make Bad Decisions

parenting teenagers Apr 27, 2021

From getting drunk at a party, to stealing your clothes, to Xbox gaming into the early hours, teenagers often make what seem like bad decisions. I breakdown why teenagers make misguided decisions and how parents can help them to learn good decision-making skills. Teenagers will often express quite clearly why certain behaviours and actions are not desirable. But put them in a situation where they feel pressure, stressed, or are seeking attention from their peer group, they will start to make...

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Why Women Are More Likely To Develop Alzheimer’s Disease

brain health dementia Apr 20, 2021

Why are women twice as likely as men to develop Alzheimer’s disease? I discuss some important differences in the way women's brains age and how this increases their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. It’s not that a female brain is fundamentally different to a male brain. But there are some really important differences in the way a female brain responds to hormonal changes at different stages of life that drives brain ageing in women, significantly increasing their...

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