New Treatment For Treatment Resistant Depression

April 17, 2016 - By Dr Robin Lawrence

There has been a recent research paper published in the American Journal of Psychiatry in which a novel treatment has resulted in 66% percent response rate in serious, treatment resistant depression.

How to spot a psychopath

July 13, 2015 - By Dr Robin Lawrence

Most people, if you ask them, will tell you that a psychopath is someone at the extreme end of the mental health spectrum. Which is true, but we tend to assume they are easily identifiable by the crimes they commit (most notoriously, murder).

Inflammatory Stuff

June 30, 2015 - By Jacqui Hogan

You know what it's like - some days everything just seems to go awry. The boiler starts leaking, your child gets sick and has to be picked up from school, and when you step out to get into the car you realise you've had a flat tyre.

Depression Unpacked Seminar

June 24, 2015 - By Dr Robin Lawrence

The focus of this seminar is to unpack depression for those in the caring professions and those who are in pastoral service within their church.

What Happens When Even Our Mental Health Provision Is Depressed?

June 23, 2015 - By Jacqui Hogan

A recent report published by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) entitled 'Addressing the deterioration in public psychotherapy provision' leaves us in no doubt as to the state of government provision of mental health services.

Pesticides Go Incognito

June 16, 2015 - By Jacqui Hogan

At no other time in world history have we been exposed to such a heady cocktail of chemicals which, while supposedly making our lives easier, also put us at risk. From the fumes we inhale in traffic-choked cities to the plastic residues we ingest on cling-filmed foods, we are arguably being bombarded.

Depression Unpacked Seminar

June 09, 2015 - By Jacqui Hogan

Last year, the World Health Organization ranked depressive disorders as the third highest cause of disease burden in the world. You do not have to look very far to verify this claim.

Are You Anxious To Make A Decision?

June 05, 2015 - By Jacqui Hogan

How many of us can genuinely say we find decision-making easy? Sure, when the question is tea or coffee, spots or stripes, wine or mineral water, it's no big deal. But what about when the stakes are higher, like 'should I take that job that pays less but is less stressful' or 'should we leave our friends and move to a new area for a better quality of life'?

How Much Do You Love Me?

May 28, 2015 - By Jacqui Hogan

Do you have a penchant for a certain brand of perfume or aftershave? Would you camp out overnight to lay your hands on the latest piece of Apple kit?

Let Them Eat Prozac

May 18, 2015 - By Jacqui Hogan

The neurotransmitter theory, despite being a theory, has become hard-wired into our understanding of the way depression works.

These Results Are Not To Be Sniffed At

May 11, 2015 - By Jacqui Hogan

If you think that emotions can be contagious, you'd be right. It's well established that feelings of happiness, for example, transfer between individuals through mimicry of facial expressions.

The Latest Weapon In The War On Mental Disorders

May 05, 2015 - By Dr Robin Lawrence

With the prevalence of mental disorders at an all-time high in the general population, any measure which promises to alleviate symptoms has to be worthy of attention.

Give Thanks For A Happy Heart

April 27, 2015 - By Jacqui Hogan

All too often, it's the simple, commonsense practices which turn out to deliver genuine therapeutic benefits, with little recognition.

Time To Get Your House In Order

April 21, 2015 - By Jacqui Hogan

We all know that housework, no matter how tiresome it may be, usually leaves us feeling a lot better than when we started.

The Remarkable Case Of The Shrinking Brain

March 31, 2015 - By Jacqui Hogan

Last week, we took a broad look at the relationship between chronic back pain (CBP) and depression. While you don't need to be Einstein to deduce a potential relationship between the two, what might be less obvious is the significant extent to which such chronic pain can affect the structure and chemistry of the brain.

The Link Between Depression And Back Pain

March 24, 2015 - By Jacqui Hogan

When it comes to depression, we seem to spend a lot of time, collectively, trying to figure out the cause. But there is a group of patients for whom the cause might readily be identified - those with chronic back pain.

When Is Depression Not Depression?

March 11, 2015 - By Jacqui Hogan

No one can dispute that depression is now a major public health issue, with incidences skyrocketing all over the Western world.

Concerning Children

March 02, 2015 - By Jacqui Hogan

A recent government task-force review sheds some rather disturbing light on the state of child mental health services in England.

The Living Loss Seminar

March 02, 2015 - By Dr Robin Lawrence

Saturday 7th February 2015 With Kay Lawrence And Others.

Bedlam Now On Open Display

February 23, 2015 - By Jacqui Hogan

This week, I heard the story of a mother whose son had been conscripted to Afghanistan with the territorial army.

How Smart Are Smart Drugs?

February 18, 2015 - By Jacqui Hogan

You can't blame anyone for wanting to have the cognitive edge, for wanting to be that little bit smarter.

Getting Up Close And Personalised

February 10, 2015 - By Jacqui Hogan

You may not have noticed it, but personalised medicine is about to be all the rage. It's one of the biggest trends in modern medicine and what it may mean to the average punter is fewer side effects on medication.

Of Mice And Men (and Empathy)

January 19, 2015 - By Jacqui Hogan

Anyone who has trained in counselling knows that empathy is one of the most basic tenets of the therapeutic relationship.

New Research On Which To Meditate

July 02, 2014 - By Jacqui Hogan

We hear a lot about meditation these days, mostly as an antidote to stress. But it has also been associated with improving mood and sleep quality, enhancing memory and reducing some of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Invest In Primary Relationships

April 02, 2014 - By Dr Robin Lawrence

Research has shown that we need to invest in our primary relationships if we are to succeed in them as much as we succeed at work.

Shame On You

March 17, 2014 - By Dr Robin Lawrence

These three simple words can temporarily — or, when used too often, permanently — destroy an individual's sense of value and self-worth.

Remembering Better Times

March 13, 2014 - By Dr Robin Lawrence

For people in poverty, remembering better times — such as past success — improves brain functioning by several IQ points and increases their willingness to seek help from crucial aid services, a new study finds.

Feeling Defeated And Entrapped Is Linked To Anxiety And Depression

March 03, 2014 - By Dr Robin Lawrence

This is the conclusion of research being presented at the Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society's Division of Clinical Psychology in York by Alys Griffiths and colleagues from Manchester and Leicester Universities.

Sleep Helps Prevent Depression

February 19, 2014 - By Dr Robin Lawrence

Sleep is very important in the prevention and treatment of depression - two new studies both confirm this.

Depression

February 18, 2014 - By Dr Robin Lawrence

For more than 50 years, depression has been studied and understood as a deficiency of chemical messengers, called neurotransmitters, that carry signals between brain cells.

Stop Smoking

February 14, 2014 - By Dr Robin Lawrence

It will improve your mood!

In Excess Interview

November 11, 2013 - By Dr Robin Lawrence

I talk to George from In Excess about my own learning curve towards treating addiction

Mental Health

May 23, 2013 - By Dr Robin Lawrence

It's time to be open and honest.

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