Depression and Anxiety

Depression and Anxiety

Therapy decreases patients depression and anxiety

Research suggests that therapy effectively decreases patients’ depression and anxiety and related symptoms – such as pain, fatigue and nausea. Psychotherapy, particularly anxiety therapy, has been found to increase survival time for heart surgery and cancer patients, and it can have a positive effect on the body’s immune system. Research increasingly supports the idea that emotional and physical health are very closely linked and that psychotherapy can improve a person’s overall health. There is convincing evidence that most people who have at least several sessions of psychotherapy are far better off than untreated individuals with emotional difficulties. One major study showed that 50 percent of patients noticeably improved after eight sessions while 75 percent of individuals in counseling psychotherapy improved by the end of six months. Psychotherapy with children is similar in effectiveness to psychotherapy with adults.

If you or your child are facing challenges in life, or just need a little extra support in managing your work, family or relationship stresses, counseling psychotherapy can help you learn techniques to manage stress efficiently.

There are several different therapeutic methods a therapist may employ—cognitive behavioral (CBT), art therapy, play therapy, anxiety therapy, hypnotherapy, family system therapy—and many counseling psychotherapy approaches draw upon various methods to create a custom-made therapy program. Therapists often work with their clients to create a treatment plan that encompasses different techniques to best address their client’s particular problems. Whether your prefer play therapy, anxiety therapy, or an eclectic approach – psychotherapy should be a partnership between you and a licensed professional. The appropriate counseling psychotherapy approach will depend on your personal therapy goals. Search online directory to review […]

By |June 17th, 2010|Anxiety, Cancer, Depression|Comments Off on Depression and Anxiety

Substance induced anxiety disorder: Anxiety due to substance abuse

Anxiety due to substance abuse

Substance induced anxiety disorder: Anxiety due to substance abuse

Severely depressed or anxious people are at high risk for alcoholism, smoking , and other forms of addiction. Anxiety disorders are highly prevalent among people with alcoholism. It should be noted, moreover, that long-term alcohol use can itself cause biologic changes that may actually produce anxiety and depression.

Substance-induced anxiety disorder may be experienced by individuals with no preexisting psychopathology as well as those who have a history of erratic or maladaptive behavior. On the other hand, these episodes usually occur in individuals with preexisting anxiety about drug use, especially novice users or in experienced users who have taken more than their usual dose.

Anxiety may be secondary to physical disorders, such as neurologic disorders (eg, brain trauma, infections, inner ear disorders), cardiovascular disorders (eg, heart failure, arrhythmias), endocrine disorders (eg, overactive adrenal or thyroid glands), and respiratory disorders (eg, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Anxiety may be caused by use of drugs, such as alcohol, stimulants, caffeine, cocaine, and many prescription drugs. Also, drug withdrawal is commonly associated with anxiety.

  • The patient has prominent anxiety, compulsions, obsessions or panic attacks.
  • History, physical exam or laboratory data substantiate that either – these symptoms have developed within a month of substance intoxication or withdrawal or – medication use has caused the symptoms.
  • No other anxiety disorder better accounts for these symptoms.
  • The symptoms cause clinically important distress or impair work, social or personal functioning.
  • The symptoms don’t occur solely during a delirium.

The essential features of substance-induced anxiety disorder are prominent and persistent feelings of anxiety that are judged to be due to the direct physiological effects of intoxication or withdrawal from a substance. Prominent anxiety, Panic Attacks, or obsessions or […]

By |July 8th, 2009|Anxiety, Hypnotherapy|Comments Off on Substance induced anxiety disorder: Anxiety due to substance abuse

Should you be gluten free?

Should you be gluten free?

Around 1 in 10 people with IBS could benefit from a gluten free diet. Now, a simple and reliable home test kit can tell you whether you should be gluten free in just 5 minutes.

The importance of an early diagnosis of gluten intolerance (coeliac disease) cannot be over stressed.  Left undiagnosed and untreated, coeliac disease carries a higher risk of developing osteoporosis, infertility and bowel cancer later on in life.

If you do have coeliac disease, a gluten free diet could change your life within weeks… but first, get a diagnosis.

Feeling tired, IBS symptoms, urgency to use the toilet after eating, nausea, mouth ulcers, diarrhoea, bloating, wind, constipation, headaches, depression, bone and joint pain, weight loss, anaemia…. the list goes on and could mean you have IBS but any one of these symptoms could also mean that you have coeliac disease (gluten intolerance).

Unlike IBS, coeliac disease (also spelt celiac) is a risk factor for other diseases such as bowel cancer, infertility and osteoporosis. Early diagnosis is essential. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people originally diagnosed with IBS actually have coeliac disease.

In 2006 and 2007 the home coeliac test was used to test MPs at the House of Commons as part of an awareness raising event by Coeliac UK, a charity providing support and advice for people diagnosed with coeliac disease.

A report in the British Medical Journal  which studied 2690 children and 120 adults showed that the finger prick blood test for coeliac disease was as accurate as hospital laboratory tests (Korponay-Szabo et al. BMJ 2007;335;1244-1247).

Five good reasons why you shouldn’t ignore your symptoms… or those of your relatives
It is important that diagnosis is made early as left untreated, coeliac […]

Award for innovative treatment for IBS in children

Innovative treatment for IBS in children

Award for innovative treatment for IBS in children

AN innovative town centre company (Warrington UK) helping relieve serious medical problems took home the innovation and research prize from this year’s business awards.

Healthy Audio, based at the Guardian Medical Centre on Guardian Street, researches, develops, distributes and retails self help audio programmes for clinical and none clinical conditions in the UK and worldwide.

Innovation & Research Award winners Healthy Audio. Buy this photo
Their IBS Audio Program 60 for children, helps mitigate the painful and distressing condition of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Recurrent Abdominal Pain in children between the ages of 8 to 13 years old.

Developer and managing director Michael Mahoney said the award was a great achievement of his work.

He added: “It sums up my work wonderfully, which is about developing innovative, researched solutions for medical and non medical conditions of mind, body and emotion.

“Building on the success of our IBS audio program 100 for adults, which is trusted and respected worldwide, this award gives us a great springboard to replicate that success with the IBS Audio Program 60 for children.

“The high calibre of companies who entered the awards, makes winning even more of an achievement.”

More about the Program

Welcome Parents

Functional or recurrent abdominal pain or RAP, tummy aches, missed school and the various symptoms of functional motility disorders and Irritable Bowel Syndrome  in children, is not new, but finding an appropriate treatment for your child may prove to be quite frustrating. While many medications and behavioral treatment methods can provide some relief for your child, you may still be searching for something more effective that can be used alongside treatment prescribed by your child’s physician or doctor.

The […]

Gut Feelings: The Mind-Body Connection

Gut Feelings

Gut Feelings: The Mind-Body Connection

If you’ve ever felt your insides twist in knots before a big speech, you know the stomach listens carefully to the brain. In fact, the entire digestive system is closely tuned to a person’s emotions and state of mind, says William E. Whitehead, PhD, a professor of medicine and an adjunct professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina. People with irritable bowel syndrome often suffer flare-ups during times of stress and anxiety, and even perfectly healthy people can worry their way to stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, or other problems. Even if a doctor can’t find anything physically wrong, the misery is real.

In the past
Back when scientists believed the mind and the body operated as separate entities — some physicians wrote off digestive distress with no sign of organic disease as being “all in the head.” But in recent years, that wall has crumbled. Doctors now see intricate links between the nervous system and the digestive system. The two realms constantly exchange streams of chemical and electrical messages, and anything that affects one is likely to affect the other. The connections between the two systems are so tight that scientists often refer to them as one entity: the brain-gut axis. (The brain-gut axis is a hot topic in medicine. In the summer of 2001, more than 100 researchers from around the world gathered in Los Angeles for a convention called “2001: A Brain-Gut Odyssey.”) For people suffering from persistent digestive troubles unconnected to disease, such research suggests that reducing stress, depression, and anxiety may go a long way toward calming the gut.

Listening to your gut
It may surprise many people to learn that the gut actually contains […]

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a heterogeneous condition with varying severity and symptomology.  At least one in four of the general population is affected at some time in their lives (Jones 1992, Harvey 1983, Cook 1987).  Despite the condition being classed as ‘non-serious’, it has serious cost implications to the UK National Health Service and Health Insurance Providers throughout the world, due to  frequent presentations to general practitioners, hospital physicians and other specialist services (Talley 1995).  The diagnosis is often reached by exclusion of diagnosable physical abnormalities and organic disease (Latimer 1983).  But according the World Health Organization (1979), “health, which is a state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, is a fundamental human right”

As a clinical hypnotherapist I have taken great interest in the management of this disorder as I have experienced the distress and frustration this client group feel in the search for relief from symptoms which have a severe impact on their lifestyle.  With conventional medical treatment being of little proven benefit (Houghton 1996) there is a need to look beyond treating the symptoms to addressing the cause.  In the holistic view of illness, physical disease is only one of several manifestations of basic imbalance of the organism, other manifestations may take the form of psychological and social pathologies (Capra 1983 p131).

The fact is that holistic approach to medical and psychological care is required in the management of IBS, but that the psychological aspect is not universally accepted by the medical profession or the client group with clients feeling there is a stigma attached to this aspect of care.  As a clinical Hypnotherapist I have an impact on […]