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The Depressing Truth About Happy Pills

"Cracked: Why Psychiatry is doing more harm than good" by Psychological Therapist James Davies is a well researched, brilliantly written and completely engaging book that I've just finished reading - some of the contents of which I am compelled to share with you here. For a few years now I've been aware of mounting evidence that anti-depressants 'work' on very few people and that there is no research supporting the idea that depression is caused by a reduction of Seratonin in the brain. Not little evidence, not some evidence. None. Nada. Zilch. This blog is going to be a longer read because I have so much I want to share, but if you'd prefer to watch a video, many of the points and more are

The Rules of Engagement: 5 ways to WIN at social media

I've just read a really thought-provoking article by author Matt Haig about the downsides of social media. It's a an interesting opinion piece covering the potential harm that social media can do to our mental health and he concludes the article by saying: "Of course, we won’t stop using it – I certainly won’t – but precisely for that reason we need to know more about what it is doing to us. To our politics, to our health, to the future generation, and to the world around us. We need to ensure we are still the ones using the technology – and that the technology isn’t using us." Social Media (SM) is still in its infancy and I feel we're often reacting to events as opposed to being one step ah

The difference between Empathy & Sympathy

If you've not come across Brene Brown yet, you're in for a treat! Brene is an American scholar, author, and public speaker, who is currently a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities.

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