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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...

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Leona Lewis seeks hypnotherapy

Singer Leona Lewis has reportedly been using hypnotherapy to help her with performance nerves.   The X-Factor winner and now world wide star has been linked has apparently been using hypnosis to help her deal with her anxiety when she performs in front of large crowds. She hopes that it will calm her nerves and help her to feel more relaxed when she starts a huge world tour. This has lead her to feel much more confident and relaxed. A source told the Sun newspaper. “She already has bags more poise and confidence than she used to, but she’s a natural born...

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Annoying people! How to deal with them.

Annoying people! How can we deal with them better?         Annoying people…! We’ve all dealt with difficult and annoying people from time to time, but what makes that person ‘difficult’ or annoying? Perhaps someone who won’t shut up? An obtuse boss who only ever seems to put you down, or maybe someone who only ever seems to take, take, take, or won’t listen? Challenging personalities can be everywhere, we seem to deal with them on a regular basis and sometimes they can grind us down. Have a little think right now about who may be difficult in your...

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Things that make depression worse.

Things that can make depression worse?         You can find so much information out there on how to improve your depressive symptoms, however, why don’t we look at the sorts of things that can actually make the depression worse?   If you live with depression, you need to be aware of potential triggers so that you can learn to avoid the things that worsen the symptoms. These may or may not be known to you.   1. Stressful situations If we have too much stress we have an increase in the hormone called cortisol, this is the chemical that keeps us on edge and...

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Sunshine and happiness

Seasonal affective disorder   What causes seasonal affective disorder and what role does the sunshine play in our happiness? The sun is out and suddenly everything seems a little brighter. People rush out to sit in the warmth, dash to the beach, out come the BBQ’s, on go the shorts and sandals (and sometimes black socks! I have never understood why men that do that?), and we burn our skin because having a tan projects healthiness (something which has changed through time, at one point being tanned meant you worked outdoors and that was looked down upon by the upper classes). But...

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