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How to break the insomnia cycle and rebalance your immune system

Getting enough sleep optimises your metabolism and makes you maximally prepared in case you get sick. However, it prevents not only physical but psychological problems too, which increased during the pandemic COVID-19. If you find that you can't sleep and are stuck in an insomnia cycle, Dr Catherine Sykes explains in this article what you can do to break it and get your life back on track.

Medically unexplained symptoms (MUS): are they really 'all in my head’?

Some people experience persistent physical symptoms such as headaches or dizziness, but doctors can’t find any medical or physical conditions to explain them. This doesn't mean that the person is imagining them, nor does it mean they are 'all in their head', these symptoms are in fact very real and distressing for the person experiencing them. Dr Catherine Sykes, one of our top charted psychologists explains what causes them and how they can be treated.

Dating apps and mental health: a good combination?

It can definitely be fun to download a dating app and swipe left or right on the hunt for a potential partner. But even though it's convenient and in some cases a confidence booster, for others it might leave you feeling disappointed or lacking in self-worth. We've asked one of our expert psychologists Dr Catherine Sykes what she thinks about dating apps and whether they really can help us to find true love.

Understanding bulimia

Bulimia nervosa (bulimia, for short) was first identified as a problem in the early 80’s. It has attracted a variety of different definitions. Dr Catherine Sykes talks about the five key features of bulimia that are commonly used for diagnosis.

Is burnout a problem?

Stress occurs when the demands of everyday life exceed our capacity to cope. We burn out and lose our motivation to keep up with these demands. Psychologist Dr Catherine Sykes talks about burnout and why it has become such a huge issue in our modern world.

Exhaustion and burnout: when feeling tired becomes too much

If you are feeling overwhelmed by your workload or responsibilities, and constantly feel tired, you could be heading for a burnout, and it is important to be aware of the signs, before it reaches that point. Dr Catherine Sykes is an experienced London-based psychologist who is very familiar in seeing patients suffering from exhaustion and burnout. Here, she explains how we can differentiate between just feeling tired, exhaustion, and finally burnout.

What is body dysmorphic disorder?

Many people feel self-conscious from time to time. However, individuals with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), or body dysmorphia constantly focus on a perceived flaw, often becoming distressed and anxious. Expert psychologist Dr Catherine Sykes explains this often-overlooked mental health condition.

Imposter syndrome: why do I feel like a fraud at work?

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.

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