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Insomnia

How Much Sleep Do We Need? Most adults need between seven and eight hours’ sleep each night, although we’re all different. Some people find they can manage on just three hours. The amount we need reduces as we age. The elderly, therefore, need less sleep and often...

Stress

The Consequences Of Stress Everyone needs a certain amount of stress in order to live well. It’s what gets you out of bed in the morning and gives you the vitality and zest to do all sorts of things, such as sport and presentations. Stress becomes a problem...

Suicide

Statistics and trends Around the world there are about one million suicides a year. Although the number of young men driven to suicide has increased dramatically over the past couple of decades, suicides among women have fallen substantially. It may be that women are...

Meditation

The first step to practising meditation is learning to breathe in a manner that facilitates a state of calmness and awareness. Meditation Exercise The following simple exercise is recommended by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder and director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at...

Phobias

A phobia is an intense fear or feeling of anxiety that occurs only in a particular situation that frightens you. This might be something as seemingly logical as a fear of heights, or as illogical as a fear of the colour green. At other times you don’t feel...

Confidence

Confidence and Body Image In western societies the media is full of pictures of ‘ideal bodies’. The ‘perfect’ male is handsome, tall and muscular and their ‘perfect’ female equivalent is beautiful, firm and seemingly impossibly thin...

Eating Disorders

Anorexia nervosa The main symptom is the relentless pursuit of thinness through self-starvation. This may become so extreme that it’s life-threatening. It most frequently affects young women, but anorexia is found among both sexes of all ages and across social...

Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Anxiety One in 20 people suffers from severe anxiety or neurosis, feeling agitated and worried about what are often trivial day-to-day issues, to a degree that interferes with their life. They may constantly feel butterflies in their stomach, palpitations, sickness or...

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