What is Depression? Depression is a normal reaction to the stresses and challenges of life. Life has a habit of throwing difficult, sometimes traumatic things our way and when this happens we will usually experience strong emotions and a depressed mood that affects our ability to get our needs met properly. Often this low mood will be brief, as we find ways to manage those strong emotions, take appropriate action, start to look forward and move ahead again. Once we are back
Anxiety and Depression are the two most common mental health issues in the world, and the World Health Organization says that the return on investing in these two key areas could be fourfold or more. Yet our government has cut services, leaving people who need support with few options and often long waiting lists. Anxiety and Depression are very treatable and it’s important therefore that people get help early. It doesn’t help anyone for these conditions to be left to deepen,
The Chief Medical Officer has come out over the last two days saying new research shows that there is actually no such thing as a safe drinking level and any amount of alcohol is harmful. Recognising that not many people will go along with this, the medical fraternity are suggesting that we should drink only very moderately ( we have all heard the guidelines) and that we should avoid drinking every day, to give our livers a breather! This has generated an awful lot of debate.
Perusing Time magazine the other day, I noticed another article on sleep. It doesn’t surprise me how often sleep crops up these days in media programmes and articles, because it really is so fundamentally important to our health. A disrupted night’s sleep lowers our mood This article was reporting on a 3 night study by Patrick Finan, in the journal Sleep, which showed that a disrupted night’s sleep, significantly reduces the amount of slow wave sleep (the deep sleep associate