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What can mental health researchers learn from the COVID-19 crisis?

Since the COVID‐19 pandemic took hold in the first quarter of 2020, children and their families across the world have experienced extraordinary changes to the way they live their lives – creating enormous practical and psychological challenges for them at many levels. While some of these effects are directly related to COVID‐related morbidity and mortality, … Continue reading What can mental health researchers learn from the COVID-19 crisis?

Psychology research in the era of Covid- Is it Groundhog day?

As the reality of the coronavirus pandemic set in a few months ago, psychologists set to work to understand how COVID-19 is going to affect us and try to inform a response to it. A few months later, hundreds of studies are in progress, examining everything from the spread of conspiracy theories to the characteristics … Continue reading Psychology research in the era of Covid- Is it Groundhog day?

Why psychologists are using social media for mental health research

This article contains discussion of suicide and self-harm  In 2014, the Samaritans launched what seemed like an innovative new project: Radar. Designed to provide what the charity described as an “online safety net”, users could sign up to Radar to receive updates on the content of other people’s tweets, with emails sent out based on … Continue reading Why psychologists are using social media for mental health research

Stitches

Hey, How are you all this week? This week has gone so fast again- I can't even blame work as it is the holidays. My daughter fell off her bike this week- which resulted in a trip to A&E, three stitches later and a broken pinky. But what really made me in stitches of laughter, … Continue reading Stitches

Notes on self-worth:

Self-worth is at the core of our very selves—our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are intimately tied into how we view our worthiness and value as human beings.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀We constantly measure our worth, this is sometimes developed through comparisons. Most of us use our own internal measures to judge our value as humans on our appearance, how … Continue reading Notes on self-worth:

A closer look at the brain differences of people with ADHD. A cognitive neuroscience review of The aetiology of ADHD

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 A closer look at the brain differences of people with ADHD. A cognitive neuroscience review of The aetiology of ADHD

Black Lives Matter

Many moons ago, my daughter’s ‘educator’ said to her “that robbers are mostly black people”, let’s call her Susan. I didn’t confront Susan about it, instead I went to her senior. Susan’s boss said “oh don’t worry about it, she’s probably a Sun reader”. And I left it, but hating myself for not pushing this. As this … Continue reading Black Lives Matter

About me

Hi friends, I thought I would re-introduce myself. I started my account sharing photos of my V.W. camper- Reggie and has since morphed into sharing Reggie, my dogs, my love for reading and writing.  His former owner gave Reggie his name, he’s 36 and has been with me now six years. I’m super introverted and expressing … Continue reading About me

The strangeness of looking at your own face all day on Zoom

Lockdown means many of us are spending longer than at any time in history with our reflections. From Shakespeare to Plath, can literature help us navigate this new era of the ego? When the anthropologist Edmund ‘Ted’ Carpenter showed the isolated Biami tribespeople of the Papuan plateau a mirror for the very first time, they … Continue reading The strangeness of looking at your own face all day on Zoom

I am what I believe

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.

Does the pain of rejection magnify the sweetness of revenge?

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?

Our Love Brains

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