Mental health disorders are an ever-present problem in modern society – many people will experience anxiety, depression, stress, or one of many other conditions within their lifetimes. Traumatic experiences can rock our worlds to the extent that we can't quite make sense of them. Expert clinical psychologist Dr Morwenna Opie is here to explain the most common types of mental health disorder and what can be done about them.
Have you ever felt like you’ve been promoted beyond your level, or given too much responsibility? Do you worry that you might be “found out” one day? Imposter syndrome can affect even the most high-achieving people – and there are even suggestions that it’s more likely when you experience success in your life. We spoke to coaching psychologist Dr Catherine Sykes, who frequently sees CEOs and partners at law firms with imposter syndrome.
For those with fibromyalgia, it may feel that living in chronic pain and fatigue is really challenging. Thankfully, leading psychologist Dr Sue Peacock is on hand with her advice on tried and tested methods on how to cope with fibromyalgia flare-ups.
The world we live in can be a very stressful place. Sometimes, stress can get on top of us and have a big impact on our health and our state of mind. Work can be a particular cause of stress, with the pressures of deadlines, presentations, difficult bosses or colleagues, and living up to our own expectations. Respected psychologist Dr Catherine Sykes explains the effect stress can have and how best to deal with it.
Clinical psychologists are increasingly recognised as a key part of a clinical team, and patients generally regard their support as invaluable. But what exactly do clinical psychologists do? If you’ve been referred to a clinical psychologist, what can you expect? We asked Dr Morwenna Opie, clinical psychologist at the London Cardiovascular clinic, for an insight into this undervalued profession.
Looking after our mental health needs to become part of our routine, like exercising, drinking water and eating healthily. Similarly, it requires regular attention or our skills fade and there are always new things we can learn, explore and do. Dr Morwenna Opie, a clinical health psychologist and expert in mindfulness therapies shares her advice on how we can start our own journey of well-being and self-care.
As our understanding of the human mind advances, it becomes ever more clear that psychological conditions can be as serious as physical ones and can have just as much of an impact on patients’ lives. However, in most cases, psychological problems cannot be diagnosed by blood tests or scans; instead, neurodevelopmental and neurocognitive assessments can help a doctor make a diagnosis. Expert psychologist Dr Bijal Chheda-Varma explains:
It can be difficult to get a good night’s sleep with work pressure, stress and a million thoughts running through your head. We interviewed Top Doctor Sue Peacock about a recent talk she gave to find out what we can do to sleep better and wake up refreshed.
Just like the song “Don’t worry be happy”, people tell us not be unhappy, but nobody tells us how not to be unhappy. In schools, children are taught to be strong and successful, but no teacher prepares children to deal with emotions of failure, anxiety and stress. Let’s dive deeper into how we can program our thoughts to react better to negative emotions with Doctor Kishore Chandiramani.
For many people, hypnosis is a magic trick performed by entertainers on TV or on holiday. However, it can also be a powerful tool in the world of pain management. Hypnotism in one form or another has been used throughout history to alleviate pain and suffering of patients with mental, physical, and emotional issues. Dr Sue Peacock gives us a brief history of hypnotism and some of the key figures in its development.