Addiction

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“When an individual persists in use of alcohol or other drugs despite problems related to use of the substance, substance dependence may be diagnosed. Compulsive and repetitive use may result in tolerance to the effect of the drug and withdrawal symptoms when use is reduced or stopped. This, along with substance abuse are considered substance use disorders…” Substance dependence can … Read More

How to deal with bullying

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Bullying can happen at any stage of our lives. It can happen in the office, at school, at a club or even among friends. It can be subtle or obvious for everyone to see – either way, it’s sure to have a very negative impact on our mental wellbeing. Bullying is aggressive behaviour resulting in habitual abusive treatment. Coercion, force, … Read More

Coping with unpleasant thoughts

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Somethings we can’t control or block out those negative thoughts. It might be the same thought played on loop – ‘I’m not smart enough for this job’, ‘I’m not good enough for him’, ‘Everybody is more popular than me’. Or it could be a stream of voices that chip away at your confidence and stop you from reaching your full … Read More

Understanding phobias

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Phobias

Show of hands – who isn’t afraid of anything in this world? The world can be a scary place, and it’s common to have a fear or fears – rational or not – about something. Perhaps you are terrified of heights, creepy crawlies or open water. Perhaps, and for reasons you’re unsure of, the thought of visiting the dentist strikes … Read More

A simple exercise to de-stress

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Most of us will experience stress and anxiety at certain times in our lives. While work, school, social situations and interpersonal relationships can all be sources of happiness and joy, they may also be sources of stress, worry and anxiety. That’s just life!  What is stress? Stress is as old as man and inseparable from life. It is part and parcel … Read More

Coping with bereavement

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Most of us will experience bereavement in our lifetime, and if we do, it is important that the right support is available to us. The experience of loss can feel overwhelming and frightening. We may experience periods of disbelief, anger, shock and feeling as though you are numb. It is usually a difficult time as we feel unable to imagine our … Read More

Understanding depression

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The normal ups and downs of life mean that we can all feel low from time to time. But if emptiness and despair have taken hold of your life and won’t go away, you may have depression. Depression makes it tough to function and enjoy life like you once did. Just getting through the day can be overwhelming. But no … Read More