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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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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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Depression as “Learned Helplessness”.

Depression as “Learned Helplessness”.

In the beginning there was Freud and he was big. So big, in fact, that many people still confuse psychology with his brainchild, psychoanalysis. Freud’s great insight was that if you ask patients about their mental health problems they often have good reasons for behaving the way they do. In some ways psychotherapy is still a working out of what this means in practice. Freud had a lot to say about depression, or melancholia as...

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The Cognitive Triad in Depression.

The Cognitive Triad in Depression.

Depression is a concerning problem for any man.  Not only is depression extremely unpleasant, but the consequences can also be life threatening.  Suicide is one of the biggest killers of men, particularly young men, and depression is implicated in the vast majority of suicides and suicide attempts. What is the best way to understand depression?  One approach is to see depression as a medical problem.  On this view depression results from a reduction of the ‘happy’ neurotransmitter serotonin.  Street drugs like...

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