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
Your message can have a greater impact through an effectively told story. They can ignite ideas. They can stir up feelings of awe, wonder, inspiration. They can make us jump out of our seats in surprise or terror. Stories hold powers greater than we may have imagined. Once upon a relatively recent time, the field … Continue reading The Neuroscience of story
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
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
Breakups suck. They usually suck more for one of the break up-ees. They can suck so bad you don’t want to get out of bed, talk to anyone, eat. Sometimes it feels like you physically cannot do any of these things. All you can do is sit slumped in your bed, staring into nothing, stuck … Continue reading The very real pain of break ups
Being a family with four other siblings- I’d hide in my wardrobe to try have some peace from my annoying younger brothers (yes, they are just as annoying as adult brothers) and I would read The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It was my first feeling of total immersion in a book. My dad would occasionally … Continue reading What shaped my reading life
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
That’s right there is an equation for anxiety. It is as follows: Anxiety= Estimation of danger/Estimation of coping skills I love a good equation, especially when it comes to something as complicated as the human psyche. Let me explain it- anxiety occurs when either the danger of the situation outweighs the number of coping skills … Continue reading The Anxiety Equation
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?
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
The global pandemic of COVID-19 means that we are living in unprecedented times. It looks like something we will have to keep dealing with over the next weeks. As we are aware, chronic stress has adverse effects on the brain. Receptors for stress hormones are found in the hippocampus, amygdala and frontal cortex. These structures are involved … Continue reading Our stress brain and COVID-19
https://drive.google.com/file/d/14lEbWumFUZrR7vYF6BxkMNrSF2f2NeRZ/view?usp=sharing Hi all, I have created a document about journaling to reframe anxiety in the link above- I hope you find it useful