Category Archives: perspective on illness: family

Depression: Final thoughts (Continued)

Following on from last week’s blog, an important – indeed, key – point to make here concerns the difficulties (for fairly obvious reasons, e.g. practical, ethical, humane, logistical etc.) of researching “learned helplessness” in man. Let me explain what I … Continue reading

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Depression: Some final thoughts.

I have decided to write this postscript, because as is often the way with afterthoughts, they emerge from a ‘thicket’ of focus and concentration on a given topic (in this case, depression) and are often at least worthy of articulation … Continue reading

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Depression. iv c: “All that glitters is not gold”.

Although much that relates to “state of the art” thinking about and insight into human depression lies beyond the aims of these blogs, it is nevertheless important to recognize that its study and ensuing insight has come a long way … Continue reading

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Depression iv a: “when all that glitters is not gold”.

In this blog, I want if I may, to draw together several important and related points, concerning the diagnosis and treatment of depression. In order to achieve this end, I shall again draw upon actual experience within the clinical scene, … Continue reading

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Depression iiic: When all the joy goes out of living.

Continuing on from last week, it is also important to remember that Geraldine was being treated with a combination of cytotoxic drugs, which have, in some cases, been reported to be associated with chemically-induced depression; although it should be stressed … Continue reading

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Depression iiib; when all the joy goes out of living.

Perhaps I might pause here from my account concerning Geraldine in my most recent blog; this in order to outline in greater detail a little more about chemically (or biogenically) induced depression. As it happens, we all – in the … Continue reading

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Depression i a: A brief overview of the normality of ‘rise and fall’; ‘ebb and flow’.

Time and again in the composition of these blogs, I have been at pains to lay due and proper emphasis on the familiar and stimulating phenomenon of “individual differences”: this state of uniqueness is our birth right and so I … Continue reading

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Coping with Anxiety iv: The meaning and management of panic attacks.(Cont’d)

Following on from my last blog, I would ask you to consider the case of a woman who worries endlessly about the immediate and continuing safety of her young son, to the point where it is now spoiling lives. Yet … Continue reading

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Practical Ways of Easing the Load.

I believe that both of the instances (referred to in my last blog) of initial reactions and responses, point to a need for all concerned to ensure that what is said and heard (which are by no means always the … Continue reading

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Accentuating the Positive.

You will recall that I concluded my last blog with a question and in the interests of taking things further forward, it might be worthwhile reading that final paragraph again before moving on. My answer to such a question has … Continue reading

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