Binge Eating Disorder in Men.

Binge Eating Disorder in Men.

Although anorexia and bulimia get their rightful share of press attention, a more common, and no less serious eating disorder often goes unreported.  Binge eating disorder is characterised by repeated bouts of compulsive eating, often for hours at a time.  Such eating usually occurs in private, and often at night.  Sufferers report that they feel no sense of control over their eating, and it often distresses them either at the time of the binge or...

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Was My Sexual Abuse My Fault?

Was My Sexual Abuse My Fault?

We are living through something of a witch-hunt these days.  Men are being accused of sexual abuse, often going back decades, and it doesn’t seem to matter whether there is evidence or not to support it. What is helpful about the current interest in sexual abuse, however, is that the historic abuse of boys is increasingly being recognized and documented.  For generations the mainstream charities supporting victims of sexual abuse refused to take on male...

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10 Ways to Cope with a Suicidal Mood Swing.

10 Ways to Cope with a Suicidal Mood Swing.

Suicidal thoughts and feelings are a routine part of many psychological problems including depression and psychoses. Although frightening, most people, most of the time, know they will not act on their suicidal thoughts. For some people, their suicidal thoughts and feelings go to a whole new level. Their mood collapses, and they feel that suicide is the only way to end their pain. For anyone who has not experienced a suicidal mood swing, it is...

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Active Body, Healthy Mind.

Active Body, Healthy Mind.

We all know that exercise is good for us. Exercise means we live longer and suffer from less physical illness. That is an established fact. What is less well understood is that exercise is also a boost to your mind. Exercise is great for your mental health too. Vigorous exercise for at least half an hour three times a week can be just as effective as an antidepressant or a talking therapy for people who...

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Hormones and Mens’ Parenting Behaviour.

Hormones and Mens’ Parenting Behaviour.

What kind of dad are you?  Research is beginning to show that the kind of parent you are is to some extent controlled by a number of key hormones. In the journal Hormones and Behaviour the anthropologist Alexandra Alvergne studied the level of the hormone testosterone in men’s saliva, and how this correlated with family behaviour.  On average, the higher the levels of testosterone in the saliva, the less time and money the man invested...

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Men and Group Therapy: Why Don’t Men Do As Well As Women in Mixed Gender Groups?

Men and Group Therapy: Why Don’t Men Do As Well As Women in Mixed Gender Groups?

Men tend to be suspicious of mixed gender therapy and support groups.  Is their any good reason for this?  Well some evidence shows that men tend to do badly in mixed gender groups. Take the following research by Ogrondniczuk et al. (2004) as an example.  They studied a brief psychotherapy group for people who had been recently bereaved and found the following: Women increased their adjustment to the grief by an average of 10%. 19%...

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