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
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://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
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.
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
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
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?
I started sharing my journey on Instagram around March time, when my anxiety was at a high after a lorry had driven into my car. I was fortunate enough to come across Fiona’s page who talks incredibly honestly about her mental health journey and her coping strategies to deal with the pressures from life. Now, … Continue reading Book Review- Depression in a digital age, Fiona Thomas
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