This week we're going to look at Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD for short. What is it, how does it affect people, and what can you do about it if you're struggling? Read below the line break to find out.
This week I've got an exciting collaboration with Shirley Myers. We're talking about cancer and mental health. If this is a difficult topic then take it steady, but we hope you can join us behind the cut to look at ways to manage your mental health when you have a cancer diagnosis.
Most people have heard of PTSD, but might not know what it is or how to manage it. Similarly, lots of us have heard of PTSD 'triggers', and of some of the symptoms of PTSD. I'm going to break it all down for you in this post, so that it's clear what PTSD is and how you might help someone who is struggling.
Being around others is amazing, but being alone can also be great. This week's blog post is about solitude, and why being alone for a while is a good way to recharge and refocus. Read on to find out how you can do just that.
This week on the blog I'm talking investing - specifically, I'm talking about how to invest in yourself and see that investment pay dividends in the future. Sounds a bit wishy-washy? Well, stick with me and see what you think!
There are so many difficult things going on in the world at the moment. Add to that general life stresses, and it can be hard to have hope that things are going to get better. Let's spend this week thinking about how we can change that.
I hate to tell you this, but you're not perfect. Neither am I, however much I might like to be. This week I'm talking about perfectionism - what it is, and how you can manage it so that it has less of an impact on you.
As I've previously mentioned on this blog, I'm a runner. I started running properly in 2017 after a couple of previous shaky attempts, and since then I think it's taught me a few things both about myself, and about mental health in general. This post is about what I've learned from running.
For my post this week, I thought I would talk a bit about something that I get asked at least once a day. Clients, especially in my NHS job, always want to know exactly what it is that I do, and what it means to be a clinical psychologist. If I'm honest, I often struggle to answer them - it's hard to distill down exactly what I do into a snappy sound-bite, because psychology is quite complicated. But just for you, I'm going to try to explain what it is that clinical psychologists do, to give you more of an idea of what you might get from seeing a psychologist. This is by no means an exhaustive post, but it's a start.
I like to think of myself as a bit of a runner - I did a 5k, a 10k and a half-marathon last year and, even though I'm slower than my AOL internet connection in 1998, it is something I enjoy. I also like to think that I know a bit about anxiety: I've helped lots of people who struggle with it and I've struggled with it myself for many years. For both of those reasons, when I found out there was a book coming out by Bella Mackie focusing on both running and mental health, I really wanted to read it. Having managed to get my paws on it over the weekend, this is a review of what I thought.
Dr Sarah Blackshaw: Clinical Psychologist, blogger, tea drinker, interested in dinosaurs and shiny objects