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Teens And Screens: Should Parents Be worried?

parenting teenagers Nov 24, 2020

Why do teenagers spend so much time on screens and social media? What is driving their seemingly addictive behaviour? And what can parents do to help their children? I discuss the psychological hooks embedded in games and social media that draw teenagers in and keep them playing and engaging online. A teenager’s disconnected brain makes them particularly susceptible to these stealthy psychological techniques and vulnerable to gaming and social media addiction. I finish with digital...

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Exercise vs Eating: Which is Better for YOUR Brain?

Exercising and eating the right foods both have positive effects on your brain and mental health. But If you can only introduce one of these lifestyle changes, which is better for your brain and mental health: regular exercise or a healthy diet? Both exercise and nutrition protect your brain from mental decline and dementia. And both are natural antidepressants and anxiety treatments that elevate your mood and control worry. Exercise is marginally more beneficial, but you can be safe in the...

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Demystifying The Teenage Brain

teenagers Nov 13, 2020

Why do teenagers suddenly and unexpectedly become irrational, uncommunicative and emotional? If you’re a parent of a teenager, you may often wonder what happened that even tempered, happy and well-behaved child, who you’ve been caring for and protecting for more than a decade. Who is this person you don’t seem to know? Your child is changing, trying to figure themselves out.Their brain and bodies are undergoing extensive reorganisation. Their inexplicable habits -...

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How to Look After Your Brain Health And Well-Being In Lockdown

Uncategorized Nov 03, 2020

The entire world has been struggling to contain coronavirus for the best part of a year now. Understandably, many of us have found it really hard to maintain some semblance of a normal life, and this is really taking its toll on our well-being. So it’s perhaps more important than ever that we take some time to look after ourselves and those around us. As the UK and much of Europe, enters into national lockdowns, I share some simple strategies for looking after the health of your brain...

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How The Brain Repairs Itself After A Stroke

brain health Oct 28, 2020

Stroke - the brain equivalent of a heart attack - will affect 15 million people in the world this year. Sadly, stroke is the fourth biggest killer in the UK. And almost two-thirds of people who survive a stroke will leave hospital with a disability. These are frightening and heartbreaking statistics. But there is some hope on the horizon with new knowledge and treatments for stroke survivors which harnesses the brain’s natural ability to repair itself. I discuss how the brain fixes...

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Modern Living and the Rising Rates of Depression

mental health Oct 20, 2020

A quarter of the world population are living with some form of mental illness. Globally, more than 264 million people are depressed. And these levels of depression are rising every year across the western world, despite the availability of effective treatments for both moderate and severe depression.

So why are growing numbers of people in the world becoming depressed? I discuss some of the reasons, including limitations with the current medical model for evaluating and testing treatments...

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Changing How You Breathe Changes How You Feel

mental health Oct 13, 2020

What is it that enables a mountain climber to reach the highest points on earth? And a free diver to reach depths of more than 200 metres below the sea surface? One of the most potent healing agents available to mankind - breathing! For something so simple, automatic, and unconscious, our breathing carries with it huge power and potential, not only for pushing us to our physical limits, but also for healing our mind and bodies and changing the way we feel. xI discuss the transformative...

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The Secret Lives of Men

mental health Oct 12, 2020

Many men are living secret lives. They carry with them a secret world of inner feelings, including sadness, anger, fear and shame. But more than ever before, men from all walks of life are entering into therapy for the first time and sharing secrets about themselves. It is an unfamiliar and vulnerable place to be. We talk to psychotherapist, Jame Hawes, about the secret emotional lives of men, what it means to be a man and how men can train themselves to build better emotional fitness....

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Sleep Matters For Your Emotional Well-Being

Uncategorized Sep 29, 2020

 Most of us know that a bad night’s sleep changes our mood the next day. We even recognise it in other people. But why does a lack of sleep make us so emotionally reactive? When your brain is sleep-deprived it swings you excessively between the emotional extremes of positive and negative moods. Sleep loss contributes to different types of mental illness, including depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. And mental illness can interfere with your inability to sleep well. But you can...

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Supporting Your Stressed Out Teenager

parenting teenagers Sep 23, 2020

Teenagers are back facing the stresses of school - new demands on their time, homework deadlines, and new challenges in the uncertain world that we now live in. Compared to adults, teenagers have less protection against stress because their brain is still developing and responds differently to stressful situations. And too much stress can have detrimental effects on their learning and education at school. I discuss the toxic effects that stress can have on a teenager’s brain and their...

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