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Drug Addiction & Recovery: A Personal Story

Drug Addiction & Recovery: A Personal Story

Drug misuse is a complex issue and affects people from all walks of life. But, no matter how bad things seem, with the right help and support, addiction can be overcome. We hear a personal account of drug addiction and recovery from Jelena, one of Dr Kouimtsidis’s patients. Jelena, has struggled with drug addiction for 20 years, since she was 15. Here, she recounts her struggle with addiction and how treatment with Dr Kouimtsidis at the clinic has changed her life. ...

Are You Coping? Opening Up About Your Mental Health

Are You Coping? Opening Up About Your Mental Health

Hey – yes, you! How are you coping today? Did you know that three quarters of us have felt so stressed we’ve felt overwhelmed or unable to cope? And it’s no wonder with the busy lives we lead; it’s not uncommon to be juggling work, relationships, family, friends, money, commitments, keeping a home running and more. Life brings with it stresses in many forms and intensities. There’s no doubt life can be challenging at times and we all experience this in one way or another. ...

Exercise For Mental Health: How To Look After Your Mental Wellbeing With Exercise

Exercise For Mental Health: How To Look After Your Mental Wellbeing With Exercise

We know exercise is great for the body – it makes the heart stronger, it helps improve your bones and joints, and also lowers your risk of certain illnesses like heart disease and diabetes. But how about using exercise for mental health? Exercise is a really effective tool for helping to improve mood and mental wellbeing. ...

Is Social Media Bad For Your Mental Health?

Is Social Media Bad For Your Mental Health?

The impact of social media on mental health is a controversial topic and has garnered much media attention in recent months. We sat down with Dr Rafael Euba, one of our Consultant Psychiatrists here at The London Psychiatry Centre to ask: Is social media bad for your mental health? ...

Depression Symptoms: Am I Depressed?

Depression Symptoms: Am I Depressed?

Demands on professionals in the City are at an all time high. A high pressure career comes hand in hand with increased risk of mental illness like depression and anxiety. If you work in London, in the City, perhaps one of the best things you could do for your health is familiarise yourself with depression symptoms and be prepared to face the question: Am I depressed? ...

Planning a pregnancy with a mental health condition

Planning a pregnancy with a mental health condition

Having a baby can be an incredibly joyous time, however planning a pregnancy with a mental health condition requires careful preparation and extra considerations. Medications may need to be adjusted, and a sudden lack of sleep combined with fluctuating hormones and new stresses can influence your mental state and even trigger mental health problems. ...

How To Make Yourself Happier

How to make yourself happier in under a minute. It may sound too good to be true, but research has shown that there are a number of strategies you can implement that can increase your happiness. Busy lifestyles, stressful jobs, the pressures of modern day life – there’s a lot that demands focus in our lives. Why not take a moment to focus on yourself and boost your mood?...

Postnatal Depression: Everything You Need To Know

Postnatal Depression: Everything You Need To Know

If you’ve been feeling low for a prolonged period of time after the birth of your baby, you could have postnatal depression. This is a type of depression that, not only mothers but fathers and partners can experience too. Unfortunately, postnatal depression often goes unreported and many suffer in silence. To raise awareness of the illness and the help that’s available, we sat down with one of our Consultant Psychiatrists, Dr Rafael Euba, to ask him some of the most common questions about postnatal depression. ...

Sleep And Mental Health

It’s not unusual to experience the odd night where it’s difficult to fall or stay asleep, but the inability to sleep for an extended period of time is called insomnia. It is thought that around a third of Brits will have insomnia at some point in their lives. Sleep and mental health are closely linked; not getting enough sleep leads to fatigue and reduced quality of life which in turn can have an influence on your mental wellbeing. If you already suffer with anxiety or depression, sleep deprivation can prove particularly difficult....

Anxiety: How To Manage Anxiety At Christmas

Anxiety: How To Manage Anxiety At Christmas

If you’re one of the 8.2 million people in the UK who suffers from depression and anxiety each year you’ll know coping with anxiety at Christmas can be exhausting. Knowing how to manage anxiety at Christmas can help to reduce stress and make you feel more able to cope. Here, Dr Panihhidina outlines ways to cope with anxiety this Christmas....

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