Beauty blogger Roxie Nafousi says she has a love-hate relationship with social media. When she was younger, bullying at school left her with problems with body image, extreme dieting and obsessive behaviour. Roxie’s learned that eating well and exercising sensibly works for her. ‘Yoga has saved me’ and everyone should try it, Roxie recommends. And […]
Borderline Personality Disorder Looking back, Jenny says she probably had mental health issues from an early age. But her food obsessions, panic and anxiety didn’t explode until her first year of medical school when it got so bad that she couldn’t leave her flat. ‘There is so much pressure on young people. Exam after exam […]
The Self-Compassion Pioneer Having compassion for oneself is really no different than having compassion for others, says Dr. Kristin Neff. Yet we turn out not to be very good at the first. Neff, a leading expert on self-compassion, is an associate professor at the University of Texas in Austin. She is a professor, bestselling author […]
Mindset look at a scene from the Movie Inside Out, with an important message of how ‘our feelings are essential to our wellbeing’. We shouldn’t avoid sadness or hide our feelings, as the flow of emotions keep us balanced and can stop us facing major anxiety or depression.
This song – Anziety by Logic – is well worth a listen. And the lyrics are powerful – you can read them here and he explains them in this amazing video: Logic has a very interesting background – you can find out more about him here. Hat tip: Susannah.
PTSD Sufferer When Peter Goodall took his new wife to meet his parents, back in Johannesburg (South Africa), robbers shot at Peter and tied up the family. It was only much later that Peter started suffering debilitating panic attacks and was diagnosed with PTSD. ‘I didn’t think I had it.’ Peter, an actor by trade, […]
Benjamin Zander Conductor of the Boston Philharmonic and Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. We can all radiate possibility. And master conductor Benjamin Zander is a good example. This ‘energizer bunny of classical music’ is unorthodox and passionate, encouraging his musicians to experiment and follow their intuition. Zander, whose parents fled Nazi Germany, is not […]
The Bipolar Businessman In many ways Thomas Duncan Bell is like any other entrepreneur: he runs successful businesses, is driven and ambitious. In his early twenties, however, he was diagnosed with a bipolar disorder, after entering a local police station bleeding, pleading for help. He still occasionally suffers, yet is also directing his rather impressive […]
Writer, Lecturer and Activist Award-winning journalist Andrew Solomon always thought he was tough. But a series of losses, including the assisted suicide of his cancer-suffering mum, plunged him into a deep depression, which then morphed into ripping anxiety. ‘It was eating me alive.’ Driven to try and understand his condition, Solomon interviewed numerous fellow sufferers […]
Play Therapist for Children Hannah Bridge keeps tomato ketchup and brown sauce as well as clay in her playroom. ‘Sometimes children draw a big black mess,’ she says about her patients. Bridge is a play therapist and counselor, and specializes in childhood mental health. ‘Playing is our first language,’ says Bridge, who cuts a compassionate […]
MP & Son He is one of Britain’s most tireless mental health campaigners, a member of parliament, and former Minister of State for Care and Support. But most of all, Norman Lamb is a father. When, as a teen, his son Archie was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, finding treatment quickly proved difficult. This is the […]
Nutrition Goddess: Yoga Kitchen Food is not just something you put into your body. It’s a philosophy. Kimberly Parsons, naturopath, self-trained chef and author of The Yoga Kitchen, is convinced mental conditions like anxiety and depression can be cured by food and herbs. The Australian surfer chick-turned-health expert moved to London for love and now […]