My children's book- Amelia is a beautiful happy little girl but her teacher isn't very kind to her and keeps telling her what she can and can't do. Despite this Amelia believes in herself and keeps persevering despite her horrible teachers unkind words.
Whilst I was on holiday in the summer I had an opportunity to contribute to a book called It's ok to not be ok. I've written a chapter called the journey to happiness- the last 10 years have been tough. Life can be hard- if you want to read about my journey you can read … Continue reading It’s ok to not be ok
The Neuroscience of Revenge In the 1800s the French coined the term- ‘revenge is a dish best served cold’. The idea behind this is that revenge is more satisfying when one has had time to prepare vengeance that is well-planned, long-feared, or unexpected. We feel rejected when our friends don’t return our texts, and our … Continue reading Does the pain of rejection magnify the sweetness of revenge?
ADHD is the most common neurodevelopment disorder of childhood and has a strong persistence throughout the individual's lifespan. ADHD is characterised by age-inappropriate behaviour is thought to affect between 3% and 5% of all school-aged children (Buitelaar, 2002) age-inappropriate behaviour typically characterises it. ADHD is a lifelong disorder which can increase morbidity, including impaired academic … Continue reading What are the brain differences of people with ADHD? A cognitive neuroscience review of The aetiology of ADHD
So many of us experience a heavy feeling in our heads or our heads feeling fuzzy, where we can’t concentrate or recall information. It was once described to me like this- imagine you are a knight in a forest full of overgrown brambles, you take out your sword to chop away the brambles so you … Continue reading Brain fog: What is it?
I was 21 years old and had just finished my degree, I was at a period in my life to see the world, have new experiences. So, what would I do? I’m from a small town in Mid Wales, in an area known as Radnorshire, who’s population is about 2000 people, with mainly “Shire … Continue reading Living in Algeria
Only today I was having a conversation with my friend who was seeking advice about why the person they are romantically entailed with is behaving in such a manner that’s out of character for them. We all had different opinions, one of us was trying to convince her, he’s definitely into you, the other was … Continue reading Our Love Brains
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/bjep.12322?af=R As you know my book ‘I am what I believe’, talks about the impact people can have on us when judging us on our body image. And now I have found some empirical research to support my message. Body image can be a tricky enough thing to navigate in adulthood: for young people, it … Continue reading Weight bias in education
It use to really make me cringe when people spoke about mindfulness, and I was like noooo this is not psychology. Psychology is a science based on empirical research, so when I went to a seminar by Bessel van der Kolk I was prejudging his message. However, The Body Keeps the Score is so good, it talks … Continue reading Book review- The Body Keeps the Score
I wrote this article some time ago for the psychologist magazine but I wanted to leave it here as well in case someone found it useful. Recently I read on a renowned charity website an article regarding the stigma attached to mental health in Muslim societies; that it is a ‘Western’ philosophy and that it … Continue reading The Quran and Mental Health
For every girl with ADHD, there are three boys with the same diagnosis. But among adults, the gender ratio is more like 1:1, which is quite a large discrepancy. So what’s going on? Studies have investigated possible predictors of childhood vs. later (adolescent/adult-onset) ADHD, and they found girls tend to develop ADHD at a later … Continue reading Sex differences in ADHD trajectories across childhood and adolescence
As I’m reaching middle age, it started me to think about this fragile thing we call life. From an early age we are taught, if you study hard you will go to a good university, then if you study hard at university you will have a good job, if you have a good job you … Continue reading U-shaped happiness
Learn to lower my barriers, I don’t need to be protected from everyone. Open my floodgates, When drought chases me. Place that smile on my ageing face, Without wondering when it’s going to be taken away. Delve into new passions, Forgetting the cruelty of the ones I knew before. Give without hesitation, Even when all … Continue reading A benediction to myself
As much as I love writing, I also love poetry... although I may not be very good! So here are some. Let me know what you think Dried up Flowers I made a promise To allow myself to grow So I planted a seed of belief inside of me And watered it with tears Now … Continue reading Poetry- Dried up flowers
Sam’s new book is out- Anxiety Free and it’s amazing. Sam is one of the UK’s leading life coaches and is a regular relationship contributor for the BBC. Sam describes her three-pillar system for overcoming anxiety - identify the cause of the anxiety, identify the solution to overcome the threat, take thoughtful action to resolve … Continue reading Book Review- Anxiety Free