Living With A Dry Drunk

It is more common than you might think to be disillusioned when a loved one stops drinking. On the one hand, of course you are thrilled that they no longer get drunk every day. However, do you feel that instead of their sobriety enhancing your relationship, it has now inexplicably become worse than before?


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Fit but Can’t Quit

Body image struggles aren’t limited to women. Admittedly there is an enormous amount of pressure put on young girls to realise an idealised size, weight or body shape, however it would be fair to say that there is also less stigma attached to women having body issues, therefore it is talked about more and there is much more awareness and help available for women.


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High Net Worth, Low Self Worth

What is money? The reality is that it’s just paper. It holds no true value. However we, as a society, have given it its value. In this way it is symbolic. Money represents possibility and opportunity. For many, money and identity are intrinsically intertwined. People use it to measure their self worth. The more you are worth financially, the more you may feel you are worth socially.


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Executive Burnout Syndrome and its Private Treatment Options in London

Burnout was a term that was first used by Herbert Freudenberger, in his book, Burnout: The High Cost of High Achievement. His original definition for burnout was "the extinction of motivation or incentive, especially where one's devotion to a cause or relationship fails to produce the desired results."


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Burnout Humanity – From Excess to Exhaustion.

We're delighted to welcome Dr Philippe Wuyts as a guest contributor to our blog. Dr Philippe Wuyts worked as a consultant psychiatrist at the Clinique de la Costière in Nice, France (2013) and the Société Parisienne d'aide à la Santé Mentale (SPASM) in Paris, France (2014) before establishing his private practice.


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Winners of Inaugural Behavioural Wealth Awards Announced

Gathering at the Cavalry & Guards Club in London, James Brown & Sam Hall of Hall Brown Solicitors and Clarion Solicitors picked up the first ever Behavioural Wealth Awards.


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Prescription Medication – Public Health Emergency in the UK?

The opioid crisis that started in America in the mid-1990s is spreading and the UK  is not immune. Between 2001 and 2013 the use of prescription opioids has doubled worldwide. In 2017 alone the BBC reported that, in England, GPs prescribed 23.8 million opioid-based painkillers - a rise of 10 million prescriptions since 2007. While prescriptions to treat depression and anxiety disorders have increased from 36 million to 70.9 million in the last ten years.


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Genetics in Mental Health – What can it tell us?

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has conducted extensive research into mental health disorders and has found that they can be affected by a combination of psychological, biological, environmental and also genetic factors. Today more and more research is being done around genetics in mental health and they are discovering that there are certain genes and variations of genes which are associated with mental health disorders.


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Behavioural Wealth Awards

Addcounsel, Britain’s leading provider of individualised care programmes for those with behavioural health issues, is launching the Behavioural Wealth Awards on Monday 13th May 2019. These awards will recognise mental health initiatives in both the public and private sectors.


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Behavioural Wealth Featured in Tatler Magazine

It was over a 1am cigarette and whisky sour with an old friend in the courtyard of 5 Hertford Street that breaking point was reached. He abruptly told me I needed to do something about my lifestyle, which was rich, I thought, as we were both two bottles deep. I was surprised by this so-called intervention, but also relieved: a part of me had felt for a while as if I had lost my way.


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The Role of Functional Medicine in Addiction Treatment

Instead of using yet another drug to combat a disease that is already a slave to substances, Functional Medicine aims to discover the root cause of the behaviour. Doctors practicing Functional Medicine attempt to ascertain what triggers the destructive behaviours, seeking to find the root cause and pin point the biological systems that have been disrupted. Once these have been found, interventions can then be put into place to aid the system’s recovery from addictions.


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Xanax. The Next Crisis?

Whilst anxiety can be a paralysing state for some, for others with “functional anxiety” it is something quite different. Functional anxiety can be described as the state you need to be in in order to be a high achiever, necessary to give you that edge. It can often be found in people who work with unrelenting deadlines or making important, knife-edge deals as they believe they need the energy that low level anxiety provides. It’s what allows them to work on the weekend or get up before dawn and only leave the office when everyone else is long gone. Until it becomes too much. That’s when the pills come in.


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Detoxification – exploding the myths

Some find success with outpatient support, others have kicked their habit with 12 step support groups and others have needed to be removed from the community altogether for a period of time to get themselves in a better physical and mental state. Whatever research you may have done and conclusions you might have drawn for your own needs, you might still be confused about one common (perhaps controversial to some) term: medically assisted detox.


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