Psychology

Could mindfulness be as effective as medication for anxiety?

Researchers from Georgetown University have reported that a guided mindfulness programme may be as effective as the “gold-standard drug” for treating patients with anxiety disorders.

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Move over Hygge, ‘yăng shēng’ is the way to nourish your life in 2023

We have always lived in a fast-paced world but after the pandemic pause of 2020 and 2021, life went from zero to 100 in 2022. Now, more than ever, we need to learn how to slow down and take care of ourselves. Enter yăng shēng, the ancient practice that may hold the key to modern ailments.

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Feeling lonely this Christmas? Dr Lisa Myers shares her tips for getting through the holidays

Psychiatrist and author of ‘When the Light Goes Out’, Dr Lisa Myers has spent over 20 years working in mental health. Here, she shares her tips for getting through the festive season when you’re feeling lonely or stressed. 

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How to deal with holiday stress, Danish-style

It’s that time of year again where many of us find ourselves wondering how to deal with holiday stress. Perhaps you can find balance by taking a few cultural cues from the Danes, a psychologist explains.

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Dyscalculia: how to support your child if they have mathematical learning difficulties

A good grasp of maths has been linked to greater success in employment and better health. But a large proportion of us – up to 22% – have mathematical learning difficulties. What’s more, around 6% of children in primary schools may have dyscalculia, a mathematical learning disability.

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Spending too much money? Tempted by sales? These ways to ‘hack’ your psychology can help

The holiday sales period has well and truly begun. If you haven’t already seen your spending go up, the possibility is looming.

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What your Christmas shopping habits say about your personality

Big spender or Christmas Grinch? How big you spend at Christmas time has a lot to do with your personality.

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Picky eaters ‘put off by food’ depending on plate colour

Researchers from the University of Portsmouth have discovered that the colour of the bowl in which food is served also influences taste perception.

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Scared of needles? Claustrophobic? One longer session of exposure therapy could help as much as several short ones

For the one in 13 people who suffer from phobias, the mere mention of spiders, heights, enclosed spaces or other triggers can cause distress.

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Why do I remember embarrassing things I’ve said or done in the past and feel ashamed all over again?

We’ve all done it – you’re walking around going about your business and suddenly you’re thinking about that time in high school you said something really stupid you would never say now.

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What’s behind the mysterious rise in teenage girls experiencing tics?

After the COVID era began, a huge wave of teen girls began developing persistent twitching movements. What’s the cause?

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World Mental Health Day: 11 tips and techniques to promote mental wellbeing

The 2022 campaign for World Mental Health Day is “Making Mental Health & Well-Being for All a Global Priority”. Try these simple practices to promote better mental wellbeing in your daily life.

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Can you learn a language in your sleep? We found you may be able to pick up some words

From Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World to Dexter’s Laboratory cartoon series, sleep-learning has been a recurring theme in fiction. The idea that we can learn while asleep has fascinated many, but whether it is sheer fantasy or scientifically possible has long remained a mystery.

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I think I have ADHD, how do I get a diagnosis? What might it mean for me?

Finally receiving an ADHD diagnosis for many is a positive, life-changing experience. It can make sense of a lifetime of unexplained difficulties, often attributed incorrectly to being “lazy” or “incompetent”.

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Emma Thompson shares her tips for better mental health

She’s known for her cheery, upbeat demeanour. But Emma Thompson reminds us no one is immune to mental illness.

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R U OK? Three simple words could save a life

R U OK? People are being urged to start a conversation about mental health that could save someone’s life.

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Is narcissism a mental health problem? And can you really diagnose it online?

It’s not uncommon these days to hear someone – such as an ex romantic partner or a politician – described as a “narcissist”.

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Could you suffer from ‘face blindness’ like Brad Pitt?

The Oscar-winning actor is certain he has prosopagnosia, a condition whereby a person cannot recognise people’s faces, though remains undiagnosed.

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Taking a mental health day can be good for you – here’s how to make the most of one

When you’re feeling sick, you know it’s probably best to take the day off from work in order to recover and feel better. But while we may know how important it is to take care of our mental health, many of us may still hesitate to take time off work in order to do this.

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Four ways to stop thinking the worst will happen when you’re stressed

Imagine you have an interview for a new job tomorrow. Some people might think about what kind of questions they […]

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How to talk to children about traumatic events

How do we talk with our children about the recent traumatic events affecting the world when we battle to comprehend the horror ourselves?

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Cutting the puppet strings: how to spot the signs of manipulation

How can you tell when someone is convincing you to see things their way for honourable reasons and when they are using you for their personal gain?

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Too much screen-time? Tips and tricks to keep our screen-time habits healthy

New data from Hootsuite and We Are Social has revealed just how much time we spend surfing the web.

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What do we know about complex PTSD and how to treat it?

We all have moments from our earlier years we’d like to forget, but what if your worst memories kept re-emerging to traumatise you over and over?

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