• Mental Quirks

    Health Anxiety – A condition that can take over

    Before I begin this article I want to tell you exactly what happened in my life around February time last year.  Within a few weeks, I was going through the tail end of a divorce; I lost my job and my dog died. It was a pretty horrid time to say the least, and I started to feel anxious on a daily basis, struggled with insomnia and was having night sweats. This was the trigger that started my ‘health anxiety’. A typical day in early April, 2016: 7.30 am – Got up to get my children ready for school. It was a massive effort to get out of bed, as…

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    ADHD – What is it?

    ADHD-A Rediscovered Condition ADHD or ‘Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder’ is a condition that is not new. We may hear a lot more about it today, but it was described nearly 100 years ago by an English doctor called George Still. It affects around 5% of school-aged children and some 10% may be affected by it to a lesser degree. Some children may have difficulties such as learning obstacles like dyslexia, and boys are more likely to be affected than girls. It is rarely diagnosed before the age of 6 as many of the behaviours of the disorder can be a part of the usual sequence of child development. The majority…

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    Anxiety

    Anxiety Anxiety is a very broad term to describe the general uneasiness and worry that people experience. For some, it’s just an unpleasant feeling that is quickly overcome, and is a perfectly normal response in stressful or unusual situations such as sitting an exam, having a baby or moving house, amongst others.  For a time, people may lose their appetite, be unable to sleep or lose concentration. The ‘fight or flight’ response is nature’s way of protecting us from danger. This is the response we feel when we get anxious. When under threat, our bodies release chemicals such as adrenaline that make us feel more alert and makes our heart…