Category Archives: personal illness

Depression. iv b: “All that glitters is not gold”.

Antidepressant drugs, as we have already seen, are basically designed to target and to deal with biogenic or chemically-induced, depression. Notice that although Angela (see my most recent blog) felt low and “depressed”, as she described it, “most of the … Continue reading

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Depression iv a: “when all that glitters is not gold”.

In this blog, I want if I may, to draw together several important and related points, concerning the diagnosis and treatment of depression. In order to achieve this end, I shall again draw upon actual experience within the clinical scene, … Continue reading

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Depression iiib; when all the joy goes out of living.

Perhaps I might pause here from my account concerning Geraldine in my most recent blog; this in order to outline in greater detail a little more about chemically (or biogenically) induced depression. As it happens, we all – in the … Continue reading

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Depression iic : Coping with life’s ‘deeper troughs’.

The question now arises as to why I have related the above account concerning Stephen as part of my discourse on depression? Well, it is because it does, in point of fact, provide a very good case record and example … Continue reading

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Anxiety: a final word.

In the days of my childhood, I knew a man who ‘rejoiced’ under the extraordinary nickname of “Linnet”. Linnet was himself an unusual and eccentric character; he was a loner and the butt of mostly (but not always) harmless practical … Continue reading

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Coping with Anxiety iv: The meaning and management of panic attacks.(Cont’d)

Following on from my last blog, I would ask you to consider the case of a woman who worries endlessly about the immediate and continuing safety of her young son, to the point where it is now spoiling lives. Yet … Continue reading

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Coping with Anxiety: an Introduction.

Let me begin this blog with a couple of paragraphs, simply intended to record and reflect upon a truly universal mental and behavioural phenomenon. Human fear and anxiety are as old as is humanity itself. Indeed, our sub- and early … Continue reading

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Practical Ways of Easing the Load.

I believe that both of the instances (referred to in my last blog) of initial reactions and responses, point to a need for all concerned to ensure that what is said and heard (which are by no means always the … Continue reading

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Further Common Issues Needing to be Addressed.

Significant content of this website ‘published’ to date, has focused around those typical and well-documented early reactions and responses to “bad news”. Moreover, we know – sometimes from first hand experience – how even the most ordered and controlled of … Continue reading

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Applying a Re-cap on Recent Postings

Let us for one further brief moment return to the analogy of the ‘coat hanger’ referred to in an earlier blog. We do, of course, hang different garments and items of clothing on different coat hangers and thus arrange our … Continue reading

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