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Recent Terrorist Attacks: a plain man’s response..

When one reaches one’s eighth decade (as indeed I did a while ago now) one is inclined to believe that one has lived through and in that sense, witnessed and been made aware of just about all of the common … Continue reading

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More about stress.

In the early part of my undergraduate years, I owned and rode a motorcycle, which both suited my pocket and (in good weather at least) provided a healthy and pleasurable mode of travel. One summer, I took a short break … Continue reading

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Depression: Final thoughts (Continued)

Following on from last week’s blog, an important – indeed, key – point to make here concerns the difficulties (for fairly obvious reasons, e.g. practical, ethical, humane, logistical etc.) of researching “learned helplessness” in man. Let me explain what I … Continue reading

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Depression iiic: When all the joy goes out of living.

Continuing on from last week, it is also important to remember that Geraldine was being treated with a combination of cytotoxic drugs, which have, in some cases, been reported to be associated with chemically-induced depression; although it should be stressed … 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 iii a: When all the joy goes out of living.

Let me commence this letter with another brief case history used here to further aid understanding, this time of chemically- or biogenically-induced depression. Geraldine was a breast cancer patient being treated with a combination of cytotoxic• drugs, which is known … Continue reading

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

Following on from my last blog (which I am assuming you have already read); one summer’s evening just after tea, Stephen kept an appointment to attend my clinic and we talked for a while, reviewing his recent activities, thoughts, feelings … Continue reading

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Depression ii a: coping with life’s ‘deeper ‘troughs’.

Hopefully, my most recent contributions in this form will have afforded you with at least a glimpse into the variability of human responses, mood-wise that is. Consequently it is clear that depression is always likely to be a highly complex … Continue reading

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Depression i c: a summary of contents on this topic so far.

I have introduced and commented on similarities and differences in behaviour in the manner in the manner in which I have for one very good reason. It is because, so far as human responses and behaviours are concerned (and that … Continue reading

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Depression i b: The normality of ‘rise and fall’; ‘ebb and flow’.

Let me invite you to imagine for every individual that ever lived, a kind of barometer face or dial, with a single hand pointing toward the upper vertical, i.e. twelve o’clock. On each and every dial or face, there is … Continue reading

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