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Quit Smoking can reduce your anxiety!

It has been found that quitting smoking actually helps reduce your anxiety, this is especially true for those people who use cigarettes to cope with situations in their everyday lives. This new research has come from Oxford and Cambridge Universities and from Kings college London. Smoking doesn’t relieve stress and anxiety, this is more psychosomatic and lives in the brain of the smoker as a belief. However, smoking is more of an ‘anxiogenic’, which means it causes anxiety! If your a smoker it is important that you know this so that the old belief can be changed, which may...

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Blue Monday 21st January 2013

What is Blue Monday? The 21st of January is considered to be the most depressing day of the year! I am unsure as to how this came about or indeed, who decided it was the worst day of the year but there is a really decent campaign behind this date run by the MHRUK (Mental health research UK). This charitable organisation aims to raise funds for help in researching mental health issues and raising public awareness to them. At this time of year depression can be worse due to the lack of natural light. Everywhere is dark, gloomy and rainy. It is also a good time to raise awareness of Seasonal...

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Does diet affect depression?

  How our diet affects depression Depression is remaining to be one of the biggest problems that our society faces. If you look at the NICE website (that’s the National institute of clinical excellence) up to 36% of adults in the UK suffer from varying degrees of depression. The figure involved here means that by 2026, the amount of people in the UK suffering from depression could be 1.45 million, and this is just the figure reflecting the identified number of individuals, there may be many thousands more who have depression but yet to seek help! It is estimated to be the second...

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Brian Conley reveals his fight with depression!

    Brian Conley has had to leave the jungle on ‘I’m a celebrity, get me out of here’, due to exhaustion and malnutrition. This, of course, wasn’t the only reason. Brian later revealed that he has suffered from depression for the last 15 years and has taken anti-depressants for the same amount of time. He made the decision to stop taking his medication whilst in the jungle, and quite rightly, the producers of the show got very concerned.It had been written in his contract that he take his medication daily or he wouldn’t be allowed to take part in the...

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Could exercise make us smarter?

Could Exercise make you smarter?   For a long time, scientists have been researching exercise and its effect on emotional and physical factors, looking particularly at stress, heart conditions and bone density. More recently exercise has been studied along side our mental functioning. It is obvious that the mind and the body are connected and good functioning of our cognitive processes have a positive effect on our bodies, and the same visa versa. So is there a link here? Our cognitive processes relate to how we think and process thoughts through our life experience. How we solve problems...

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