Could magic mushrooms cure depression?

Researchers at Imperial College, London, think that psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, might have a ‘reset’ effect on the brain that will help patients overcome depression.  I am very sceptical about this research. To begin with, the study was carried out with only a small group of 20 participants, and also linked to…MORE

What really causes depression

‘There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.’ William Shakespeare. Staying positive is a daily challenge that requires a certain amount of focus and attention, and energy. For evolutionary survival reasons, our brains are hard-wired to look for and focus on threats. This survival mechanism served us very well when we…MORE

Only the lonely – Part II

Human beings evolved to live in groups. We need the support and cooperation of other humans to survive, because left to face a dangerous world on our own, we would have soon perished. This is why, even in the modern world, with all its comforts and conveniences, we start to feel lonely when deprived of…MORE

My job is making me brain dead

Lack of job satisfaction can have a long-term effect on the brain. Be warned – it can affect memory and concentration later in life and lead to a decline in brain function. Your brain is like a muscle – it needs exercise! I’m lucky – I’ve never had a boring job, although the long drives…MORE

Not Committing Suicide

Depression can strike anyone, regardless of background, status, health or wealth. The black dog of depression has no regard for how you think your life is supposed to be. Left to its own devices, unchecked depression can be a killer. I have often warned hypnotherapists against treating, or trying to treat clients who claim they…MORE

Only the lonely… Loneliness and how to deal with it

Feeling lonely? It could be you were born that way, but take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone, and there is a way out.  Scientists have discovered that the brains of lonely people are wired differently – people who are lonely shun interaction because they are more prone to be vigilant and alert…MORE

High Anxiety

I have a lot of clients who complain of anxiety. The techniques to deal with this are well known, but what clients don’t understand it that sometimes, worrying might actually be good for them! True, anxiety is something to be avoided because of the impact it can have on mental and physical health. But anxiety…MORE

Controlling Anxiety Is Easy Once You Know How…

Feeling anxious? That’s because your brain is producing chemicals associated with fear. These can shake your ability to cope with things that you previously took in your stride. Anxiety is a function of the human survival strategy – it is purely instinctive and it’s one of the things that stopped our ancestors getting eaten by…MORE

Depressed…? You need to get out more!

In keeping with my lifelong passion for finding the easiest and most efficient (time saving) way of doing things, I try to find short cuts when dealing with clients. Getting straight to the point has always proved useful, as has my pathological unwillingness to pussyfoot around issues. A good therapist can quickly identify the point…MORE

Dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is without doubt, the disease of the new century. But we still have to deal with it and help clients pick up the pieces. When we talk about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) we are not talking about the stresses and strains of modern life, which includes things like stress…MORE