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What You May Not Know About Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder (formerly known as manic-depressive disorder) affects some 60 million people worldwide, so there’s a good chance that you or someone you know is affected by it. But despite bipolar disorder being so common,...

Borderline Personality Disorder: A Misunderstood Phenomenon

Many people are familiar with mental health problems such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety and depression. Fewer people, though, have heard of borderline personality disorder. But even among those people who do have a basic...

Resolutions are not just for the New Year

It is the start of a new year and many see this as a chance to bring a fresh energy to their goals in life.  There is something very appealing about imagining one can just...

Psychological benefits of giving to others and thinking of others

Do you ever get that warm feeling when you’ve done a good deed? Or when you’ve given someone a gift they really value and cherish? Research indicates that giving to others is psychologically beneficial to...

The psychology of comfort eating

Eating our hearts out  Eating is arguably at the very centre of our being.  It plays a complicated role in our daily lives and wellbeing, as well as a key part in how many of...

Work stress advice feature on Refinery29

This month Dr Elena features on Refinery29 in a piece entitled: ‘How my job drove me to therapy’ “Approximately 50% of individuals suffering from anxiety and depression report that work is one of the top...

What does a psychiatrist do?

There are less than six thousand doctors practising general psychiatry in the UK. A psychiatrist is a medically qualified practitioner who can prescribe medicine to treat mental health problems. Along with medical training and experience,...

Surf the urge: Understanding addiction and how to overcome it

There are various strategies that can help people overcome addictive behaviour.  Some of them have weird and wonderful names such as ‘urge surfing’ or (the less snappy) ‘managing permission giving thoughts’.  Getting to grips with...

Workplace stress: an all-time high and what employers can do to beat it

Stress at work: key statistics Work-related stress can be a significant contributor to staff absenteeism and low morale in the workplace.  The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) define stress as a harmful reaction people have...

How to boost your self esteem

A healthy self-esteem is an invaluable asset in life. Likewise low self-esteem can be seen as a significant factor at the root of many of our problems.  Knowing that low self-esteem is a problem is...