Drug deaths involving cocaine use rose by 16% to 371 last year, according to the Office for National Statistics, while overall there were 3,744 deaths from legal and illegal drugs in England and Wales. The ONS said it was the highest number of deaths since comparable records began in 1993. [Read more…]
We are fast becoming a population of insomniacs as health and lifestyle problems like obesity, excessive alcohol and sugary drink consumption, smoking, lack of physical activity, mental health problems, stress at work, shift work, financial concerns, and long commuting impact our sleep patterns. [Read more…]
Social media use and ‘being online’ seem to be part and parcel of modern living with UK teenagers have some of the highest rates of internet use in the developed world – something that has a strong link to lower levels of well-being.
But limiting children’s use of the internet will not protect them against the ills of social media, researchers say. The BBC reports that the Education Policy Institute study said restricting usage can prevent children gaining the digital skills and emotional resilience to keep them safe. [Read more…]
The recent accidental fatal shooting of a man live on YouTube – in an attempt to draw more followers to their site – has been described by US authorities as a ‘social media stunt gone wrong’ and has highlighted the dangers of social media addiction.
Monalisa Perez, 19, was booked into a Minnesota county jail after shooting at Pedro Ruiz as he held a book to his chest, believing it would stop the bullet, the BBC reported. The couple’s three-year-old child and nearly 30 onlookers watched as she fired the fatal bullet into his chest.
A relative of Ruiz said she had told her they did it because ‘we want more viewers, we want to get famous’.
One of the problems with social media’s rise in popularity is that people think their list of ‘virtual friends’ and the number of ‘hits’ they get for each item they post makes them ‘more famous’ and this need to be famous or popular can become an addiction.
Breaking an unwanted habit or addiction is not easy but clinical hypnotherapy can help people conquer their addictions and has great success in helping people stop smoking, overcome alcohol misuse, drug dependency and other ‘problem behaviors’.
We define a problem behavior as an unwanted habit or addiction; something you feel you have no control over which affects your life and the lives of those you care about.
Habits such as overeating or smoking are the most common. But there are other behaviors that affect people’s lives, make them unhappy or cause a risk to their health and the health of those around them.
An addiction can feel like it controls your life, but the good news is that we are in control and can change how we react to certain situations and you can protect ourselves in ways that are healthy.
An unwanted habit can also lead to stress and anxiety – another area in which hypnotherapy can help.
The rise in the popularity of social media is staggering. Facebook alone now has more than 1.5 billion users worldwide. This changing world has brought new opportunities but also pitfalls. Every week there seems to be a news headline about someone who has got into trouble through social media.
Referring to the tragic YouTube shooting, the Ruiz relative said: “It was just a prank gone wrong” and Ms Perez, who is pregnant, is now facing charges of second degree manslaughter. The single gunshot was fired from about one foot away as neighbors gathered to watch outside their Minnesota home.
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Social media pressure is making some young people resort to cosmetic procedures such as Botox and dermal fillers, says a study by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, which adds that government must protect people from an unregulated industry.
The report also condemns makeover apps and online plastic surgery games aimed at children as young as nine, reports the BBC, adding that the report’s authors fear such apps are contributing to growing anxieties around body image.
The report identifies several factors that are encouraging young people in particular to focus on body image. These include increasing levels of anxiety around appearance; the rise of social media where photos can receive positive or negative ratings and the popularity of celebrity culture, complete with airbrushed images and apparently perfect lifestyles.
And, while much of the cosmetic procedures industry is unregulated so reliable data on its size is hard to come by, one market research company estimated the UK market could be worth as much as £3.6bn in 2015.
Professor Jeanette Edwards, from the University of Manchester, who chaired the council’s inquiry into ethical issues surrounding cosmetic procedures, said some of the evidence around games aimed at younger children had surprised the panel.
“We’ve been shocked by some of the evidence we’ve seen, including make-over apps and cosmetic surgery ‘games’ that target girls as young as nine. There is a daily bombardment from advertising and through social media channels like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat that relentlessly promote unrealistic and often discriminatory messages on how people, especially girls and women, ‘should’ look.”
The report describes how apps with names such as ‘Plastic Surgery Princess;, ‘Little Skin Doctor’ and ‘Pimp My Face’ could be contributing to mental health problems in young people. Prof Edwards also called for cosmetic procedures to be banned for anyone under 18 unless they involve a multi-disciplinary team of specialists, GPs and psychologists.
A government spokesperson said: “This report highlights once again that we live in a world where young people are under immense pressure on a daily basis about how they should look – it is ethically wrong for companies to exploit this and offer unnecessary cosmetic procedures to under 18s.”
Coping with anxiety caused by issues like bullying, altered Self Image or low self-esteem is often helped with clinical hypnotherapy. Anxiety can manifest itself in different worries, it may be fear of being around other people, it may be anxiety in specific social situations, anxiety in your relationships with particular people at home, at school or at work, how you look and how you fit in to your social circle.
A trained therapist will assess your anxiety, and find the root of stress or anxiety and then work with you, through hypnosis, to reach your goal of a life free from anxiety, using a range of different techniques; Hypnotherapy unlocks the potential you have to break free of negative thought patterns, and to react more positively and more confidently. Low self-esteem often begins in childhood, Teachers, friends, siblings, parents, and even the media send us messages about ourselves, both positive and negative. For some reason, the message that you are not good enough is the one that stays with you.
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From an unusual fear of crowded places or open spaces to a persistent fear of spiders or social situations, many of us have phobias or above-average fears which cause undue anxiety and can even hamper they way we behave or lead our lives.
According to the mental health charity Mind, a phobia is a type of anxiety disorder. It is an extreme form of fear or anxiety triggered by a particular situation (such as going outside) or object (such as spiders), even when there is no danger.
The NHS says: “A phobia is an overwhelming and debilitating fear of an object, place, situation, feeling or animal. Phobias are more pronounced than fears. They develop when a person has an exaggerated or unrealistic sense of danger about a situation or object. If a phobia becomes very severe, a person may organize their life around avoiding the thing that’s causing them anxiety. As well as restricting their day-to-day life, it can also cause a lot of distress.”
It adds that a phobia is a type of anxiety disorder and Mind says it can be difficult to know when to seek treatment for a phobia.“If avoidance of the object, activity or situation that triggers your phobia does interfere with your everyday life, or keeps you from doing things you would otherwise enjoy, it may be time to seek help,” says the charity.
Mind says a person who thinks they have a phobia should consider getting treatment if they have an intense and disabling fear, anxiety or panic; if they recognize that the fear is out of proportion to the danger; if they avoid certain situations and places because of the phobia and if this avoidance interferes with normal routine or causes significant distress.
Using hypnotherapy, the Phobia can be seen in a different context. The therapist will let the sufferer see their fear from an objective perspective and then gradually build up exposure from a minimal to comfortable level and this can be done rapidly as the unconscious is able to process information more effectively without the interference of the critical mind.
This is a known as desensitization and is done by gradually building up the person’s confidence and ability to stay calm when confronted with a situation that brings on the phobia and dependant on the response of the client the therapist will try to give a realistic expectation of how long treatment may last.
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The horrors of a terror attack are immediate and frightening but for the heroes who rush in and do their duty to help the injured and make things safe, the after effects can be long lasting and debilitating.
The attack by a suicide bomber, targeting young people leaving a pop concert in Manchester, will leave scars for a long time – not only for those who lost loved ones but also those who were there and survived.
For most of us, dealing with the horror of such an event is difficult; for those who survived, were injured or lost loved ones, it is even harder. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is often suffered by people involved in such events.
According to the NHS, PTSD is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events and someone with PTSD often relives the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks, maybe even experiencing feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt.
PTSD can develop immediately after someone experiences a disturbing event or it can occur weeks, months or even years later. It is estimated that the disorder affects about 1 in every three people who have had a traumatic experience, although it is not clear exactly why some people develop the condition and others do not, adds the NHS.
“While it is normal to experience upsetting and confusing thoughts after a traumatic event, most people improve naturally over a few weeks,” says the NHS. “You should visit your GP if you or your child is still having problems about four weeks after the traumatic experience, or if the symptoms are particularly troublesome. If necessary, your GP can refer you to mental health specialists for further assessment and treatment.”
This could include being prescribed medication – but there can be side-effects – or some form of talking therapy such as trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
Talking therapies involves treatment that can help the PTSD sufferer feel more in control of their emotions and result in fewer symptoms, although there might still be some bad memories.
Clinical hypnotherapy has a proven record in treating anxiety, stress, PTSD and other similar issues as the hypnotherapist will work with the subconscious mind and identify and treat those ‘triggers’, allowing the person understand them and cope with them in the future.
The aim of hypnotherapy is to unlock stored emotion so that the trauma can be revisited and explored from a different perspective and there are various forms of hypnotherapy a practitioner may use and in order to determine which is the most suitable.
“In some cases, a therapist could use cognitive hypnotherapy or analytical hypnotherapy, both of which function on a deeper level than suggestion hypnotherapy and are able to work with the unconscious mind so that negative beliefs which were built up during the trauma can be explored and alleviated.”
During hypnotherapy sessions, sufferers can learn to come to terms with their trauma and gain a sense of control over their fear. By focusing on realistic thoughts, they can avoid falling back into negative thinking patterns whenever they encounter a trigger.
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A recent survey in the UK has revealed that Instagram is rated as the worst social media platform in terms of its impact on young people’s mental health and the Royal Society for Public Health says social media may be fuelling a Mental Health crisis’ in young people.
The BBC reported that the poll asked 1,479 people aged 14-24 to score popular apps on issues such as anxiety, depression, loneliness, bullying and body image. About 90% of young people use social media – more than any other age group – so they are particularly vulnerable to its effects, although it is not clear what these are on current evidence.
And, while mental health charities have urged companies to act to increase users’ safety, Instagram said keeping the platform a safe and supportive place for young people was a top priority.
The survey showed that YouTube was considered to have the most positive impact on mental health, followed by Twitter and then Facebook with Snapchat and Instagram given the lowest scores overall.
Shirley Cramer, chief executive of the RSPH, said: “It is interesting to see Instagram and Snapchat ranking as the worst for mental health and well-being – both platforms are very image-focused and it appears they may be driving feelings of inadequacy and anxiety in young people.”
In light of the findings, public health experts are calling for social media platforms to introduce a series of checks and measures to help tackle mental health, and the report also recommends that NHS England comes up with a vetting scheme for health and well-being information so young people are better able to judge whether information is trustworthy.
“As the evidence grows that there may be potential harms from heavy use of social media, and as we upgrade the status of mental health within society, it is important that we have checks and balances in place to make social media less of a ‘wild West’ when it comes to young people’s mental health and well-being,” Cramer added.
Earlier studies have also shown that social media can be addictive and have warned of its dangers to mental health among younger people and Tom Madders, from mental health charity YoungMinds, said: “Increasing safety within social media platforms is an important step and one we urge Instagram and other sites to act upon. But it’s also important to recognize that simply ‘protecting’ young people from particular content types can never be the whole solution.”
Dealing with addictive or unwanted habits is among the successful treatments clinical hypnotherapy can offer. “If you have an unwanted habit or behaviour, it may often feel as if you are out of control, that there is someone else or something inside of you that is making you do this. A ‘little voice’ that always tells you to do something when you don’t want to do it. But that little voice is part of you and is part of your protection system,”
The reason why hypnotherapy works so rapidly with bad habits and behaviours is because it works directly with your subconscious, bypassing the critical mind and getting to the root of the issue so that changes can be made that support your goals quickly and efficiently,”
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The recent disclosures by Prince Harry and Prince William concerning the death of their mother Princess Diana and how they struggled to cope with that loss have brought bereavement and mental illness back in to the public spotlight in recent weeks.
People react in different ways to loss,‘anxiety and helplessness often come first’, “anger is also common, including feeling angry at someone who has died for ‘leaving you behind’. Sadness often comes later. Mental Health feelings like these are a natural part of the grieving process. Knowing that they are common may help them seem more normal. It’s also important to know that they will pass,”
Seeking help is essential if you feel unable to cope with overwhelming emotions or daily life; the intense emotions are not subsiding; sleeping is a problem and symptoms of depression and anxiety occur.
Clinical hypnotherapy can give you positive suggestions to help cope with anxiety, insomnia, deep sadness and depression, and other symptoms of grieving. It can reduce feelings of guilt and blame, and help you to find ways of coping in the future.
Simply ignoring the pain or keeping it buried does not lessen the grief or sense of loss. It takes some time to work through the grieving process, but some people may not deal with their loss which can impair their healing and lead to deep-seated feelings of heartache and depression.
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, told the BBC that he had to ‘learn to deal with’ the loss of his mother saying that the ‘the shock is the biggest thing which I still feel 20 years later’.
The Duke told the charity Head Together that it is time ‘to feel normal about mental health – it’s the same as physical health’ and that good conversations can ‘really make such a difference’.
Both he and his brother, Prince Harry, said ‘while you never get over it’ talking about it and seeking counselling or therapy can and does help …
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