More Than Half Of Women Cancel Plans At Christmas Because Of Fat Days

eating disorder helpA new survey carried out by vouchercloud.com has revealed that almost three quarters of British women have turned down an event invitation at Christmas despite being able to attend.

Highlighting just how badly low self esteem effects women, over half of those surveyed said the reason they didn’t want to go somewhere is because they were having a ‘fat day’. This term describes when someone is feeling self-conscious about how others will judge their weight and appearance and whether or not they live up to conventional beauty standards.

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The Top Five Things That Stress Brits

The top causes of stressWe all feel stress from time-to-time and it’s something that has impacted every single one of us at some point in our lives. Perhaps this is why we regard it as a minor issue that doesn’t require serious attention.

Stress is actually a big problem in the UK however. It is affecting more and more of us, it’s the biggest cause of sick leave, 44% of us suffer from long-term stress and it costs the country an incredible £10 billion every year.

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Study Finds Link Between TV and Depression

b2ap3_thumbnail_depression2_20151123-142906_1.jpgResearchers at the University of Toledo have found that binge-watching television is linked with higher levels of depression, anxiety and stress.

For the duration of the study, participants were asked to make a note of how much television they watched each night and how they felt afterwards. Just under 80% admitted to watching two or more hours of television per night and after spending a couple of hours in front of the box, the subjects reported lower mood, anxiety and stress.

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Stress At Work Can Take 33 Years Off Your Life

stress and anxietyWhether you’re being over-worked, have strict deadlines to meet or have a difficult boss, it’s not unusual to feel under pressure at work. In fact, nearly 40% of all work-related illnesses in the UK stem from stress.

New, more worrying figures published last week reveal that this very stress could be shaving more than three decades off our life expectancy as well. The American study also suggests that the amount of life lost due to stress varies significantly for people of different races, education levels and genders.

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What You Need To Know About Anxiety Part Two

anxiety factsContinuing from the first part of our anxiety awareness blogs, here are some more surprising facts about anxiety - a condition that is affecting more of us than ever before.

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What You Need To Know About Anxiety

anxiety factsAnxiety is an increasingly common condition in the UK and is now thought to affect approximately one in 25 people. This means chances are that you, a friend, a family member or work colleague will experience it at some point. Below are some interesting facts about anxiety and how it affects us.

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Children As Young As Five Treated For Depression

children suffer from depressionNew figures have revealed that children as young as five are being treated for anxiety and depression in Sussex. Over a one year period, there were almost 3,000 referrals to specialist health services involving children and teenagers which has sparked concerns about the impact that modern life is having on the mental health of young people.

Nearly 500 more cases were reported up to April 2014 compared to the year before and some of the most common issues included separation anxiety, general anxiety, problems dealing with social situations, avoiding going out, depression and low mood.

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Facts and Figures About Anxiety Disorder

anxiety help and treatmentAccording to a recent survey conducted by the World Health Organisation (WHO), anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness is the world. The constant and overwhelming worry and fear is often crippling and can have a huge impact on the lives of sufferers so it’s no surprise that 70% of those who attempt suicide have an anxiety disorder.

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Anxiety Myths and Facts

anxiety myths and factsDespite the fact that mental health problems now affect millions of people in the UK, there is still a huge stigma attached to it. With anxiety being the most commonly reported mental illness in the country, we have decided to separate the facts from the fiction once and for all.

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How To Overcome Shyness And Social Anxiety

social anxiety helpSocial Anxiety Disorder is thought to affect up to 10% of the UK’s adult population yet only 5 - 10% of sufferers will seek professional help for it. Along with professional help, there are a number of things you can do yourself to help overcome shyness and social anxiety. While these do not replace counselling or other professional treatments, they can help.

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What Is Social Anxiety Disorder

social anxiety helpSocial Anxiety Disorder is commonly referred to as Social Phobia and is one of the most common anxiety disorders. It’s a persistent and overwhelming fear of social situations and can include intense fear and anxiety over simple everyday activities such as shopping or even speaking on the telephone.

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Facts and Figures About Anxiety

anxiety and depressionAnxiety has fast become one of the most prevalent mental health conditions in the UK. Whilst everyone feels anxious from time-to-time, for some people, the feeling of unease, worry or fear can be an ongoing problem.

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Can Parents Pass Anxiety To Children

anxiety parents and childrenAlthough scientists have long known that anxiety runs within families, researchers are now warning that the attitudes of over-anxious parents strongly affects their children’s behaviour.

The new research has come to light following a study that followed parents who were identical and non-identical twins which means that it was possible to estimate the effect of genetic versus environmental factors affecting transmission from one generation to another.

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Test Your Anxiety Levels

AnxietyThis week is Mental Health Awareness Week. It is a week dedicated to helping people with mental health issues and educating the public about the challenges people with mental health issues face. With this in mind, the team at Life Works has put together a number of mental health tests.

These tests are real mental health assessments that are used to judge everything from depression to eating disorders. Anyone can take the tests and they are a great way to get some idea of your own mental health.

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Ten Ways To Reduce Stress

stress reductionIt’s perfectly normal to feel stressed and anxious when we have a lot on our plate but unfortunately stress is incredibly counter-productive. Not only does it prevent us from actually getting things done, it’s also hugely detrimental to our health and general well-being. If you find yourself worrying and feeling anxious about things, here are 10 great ways to help reduce that stress.

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The Top Ten Things That Stress Brits

Anxiety in everyday lifeDirect Line recently carried out a survey on more than 2,000 Brits to find out what stresses us out the most in everyday life. The results make for some interesting reading and we can certainly relate to some of them. How many of the below also make your blood boil? Perhaps your biggest bugbear isn’t on the list. Feel free to share your thoughts with us on our Facebook page.

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Anxiety - what is it and why is it and how to identify it

b2ap3 thumbnail depression 20141127-121604 1What is anxiety? Chances are that a fair few of you reading this will have asked that exact question because it has been revealed as one of the top 10 most searched queries on Google in 2014.

Additionally, the charity, Anxiety UK received more than 12,000 calls to its helpline last year and its estimated that nearly a fifth of adults in the UK have experienced symptoms of the condition at some point.

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Preparing for Christmas with Depression or Anxiety

Christmas and DepressionThe Christmas adverts have started, carols can be heard playing on the radio, shops have the decorations out and companies are starting to plan their annual festive shindig. It’s official, the countdown to Christmas has started.

For most of us, this is an exciting and happy time but the National Institute of Health has revealed that Christmas is actually the time of year when people experience the highest incidences of depression and feeling low.

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Teenagers Need Tailored Anxiety Treatment

teen anxietyPsychologists at the University of Reading have expressed concerns about the fact that the current one-size-fits-all approach that is being used to treat teenagers with anxiety problems could be putting their futures at risk.

At the moment, childhood therapies are simply being adapted for teenagers but experts are arguing that this approach does not work and are calling for tailored treatments to address such issues.

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Talk Therapy Most Effective for Social Anxiety

social anxiety and talk therapy A study has found that talking therapy is a more effective method of treatment than prescribing pills when it comes to social anxiety disorders.

The results of the study were concluded after a review of 101 clinical trials which involved more than 13,000 participants. The research compared different types of psychological therapy with medications such as antidepressants and benzodiazepines. The results showed that talking therapies were not only more effective, but longer lasting than medication.

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