In a recent TED talk, an expert in the management of chronic pain in children explains neuropathic pain, a form of chronic pain in which the nervous system itself becomes faulty and creates the experience of intense pain, both the sensation of pain in the brain and the side-effects of injury in the affected (but not actually injured) part of the body.
Archive for the ‘depression’ Category
Posted in depression, For patients, Review, UK, tagged CBT, counseling, counselling, diagnosis, emotion, feelings, mental health, mental illness, NHS, psychotherapy, recovery, Research, therapy on April 28, 2011 | 1 Comment »
I noticed today that Depression Awareness Week is coming, according the website of the charity Depression Alliance. This year it’s going to be the week of 11th-18th April — oh — well, I suppose I’m in no position to complain that they don’t update their website very often.
Like many sources of information and self-help about mental illness, Depression Alliance have a fuzzy definition of what mental illness is, and that’s much more serious.
Posted in depression, disorder, For patients, Research, Review, UK, tagged addiction, CBT, diagnosis, evidence, marketing, mental health, mental illness, NHS, psychiatry, psychotherapy, recovery, schizophrenia, therapy on November 5, 2010 | 5 Comments »
Much of the information about mental illness promoted to the public over many years tells a story in which mental illness is a lifelong disability, incurable and hopeless. The mentally ill are fundamentally different from everyone else. They act strangely. They can be dangerous.
The fundamental difference, we have been told, is that the mentally ill have brains that are chemically unbalanced. It is just the way they are. When they take special drugs to restore the balance they can appear normal, but they are not really.
The subtle assumption behind a date is that he and she know each other a little, but not too much. There has to be enough knowledge of the other to provide a basis for fantasy, yet not so much knowledge as to crowd out fantasy altogether. Somewhere in between there is a delicious just-rightness in which each feeds the fantasies of the other, bringing the date alive with the possibilities of intimacy, of romance, of sex and of love (not necessarily in that order).
Posted in CBT, depression, For patients, For therapists, Review, Techniques, UK, tagged CBT, emotion, feelings, mental health, mental illness, psychiatry, psychotherapy, recovery, relationships, therapy, victim on July 14, 2010 | 1 Comment »
Posted in CBT, depression, For patients, For therapists, Research, Review, Techniques, UK, tagged case study, CBT, distress, mental health, mental illness, NHS, psychotherapy, recovery, therapy on July 1, 2010 | 3 Comments »
Posted in CBT, depression, For patients, Techniques, UK, tagged BABCP, CBT, counseling, counselling, emotion, feelings, mental illness, NHS, psychotherapy, recovery, relationships, therapy on June 22, 2010 | 2 Comments »