The mask of ‘smiling depression’

The following article by Olivia Remes discusses ‘smiling depression’. In clinical practice this term would not be used diagnostically, however I do think that it is a helpful way of describing a certain depressive coping style. ‘Smiling depression’: it’s possible to be depressed while appearing happy – here’s why that’s particularly dangerous Putting on a…

I’m worried, what should I do?

What should I do if I’m struggling, worried, or trapped in behaviours I don’t know how to get out of? Physical and mental health should be considered equally, and we are, I believe, getting much better at understanding this. But it can be difficult to know when and how to seek help, particularly if the…

The problem of Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a condition that can affect mental health, sometimes in quite severe ways. It’s hard to ignore and there’s no current cure for the condition. Therapy can help people to manage their symptoms and the associated frustration and depression that can result from this debilitating condition. Stress is thought to make tinnitus worse therefore…

Choosing a therapist

Who, What, How? There are so many different types of therapists; counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychological therapists, addiction therapists, and of course psychiatrists who are not really therapists but medical doctors who specialise in psychiatric (mental health) disorders. It’s confusing but I’d like to guide you through this. Who should I see? It’s important that the…