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Posts from April 2017

 
Why do we experience post traumatic stress? 
 
There is a little part of the brain called the amygdala, which is shaped like an almond, this part of the brain is responsible for emotional reactions and is primarily involved with your survival, it is responsible for more than this but I will keep it simple for explanation purposes. 
When the amygdala is bombarded with huge volumes of emotional value it goes into a panic and is unable to send the information to the hippocampus, which would then pass this memory to the neocortex for evaluation. 
This means that the brain is unable to make sense of the situation or event experienced and so the amygdala stays in a constant state of arousal causing flashbacks and high levels of anxiety. 
If only I could watch as you click off this page when the reality of what I'm saying strikes a cord with you and begins to sink in, it is a horrible feeling, I know I've been there! I bet plenty of you will disagree with what I am about to say, but perhaps you want to look in your own back garden before you start disagreeing, all I ask for is that you keep an open mind and read till the end before you make a judgment. 
 
I hear all the excuses people give and time and time again it is money that comes top for reasons that is stopping someone seeking help, AND they wont go to the doctor because they don't like the therapy that's offered. 
Firstly, and the easiest to answer is, do you really want to change? 
Secondly, why are you using money as an excuse? 
Before you read on I would like to say that I have been in a position of being skint, in fact in debt and needing help from a therapist, so I know first hand what it's like. I have made all the excuses too! 
 
Ask yourself, what is more important than your health and wellbeing? 
Another success story, this one is from a former Doctor - keep climbing higher and higher Doc! 
 
For most of us, a family day out cycling to the top of a mountain with amazing views sounds idyllic, but for Georgia, also a keen triathlete, this would trigger crippling anxiety. Worrying that she would pass on her phobia to her children, former Doctor Georgia contacted me after a past client recommended me to her. 
 
When faced with the heights involved in mountain biking or the other activities that she and her family enjoy, Georgia found that she would freeze or cry uncontrollably and said that even high bridges or walkways could trigger a stress reaction. 
 
So many people out there are having difficulties with their weight in fact more and more people are becoming overweight and plenty are on a losing battle to reduce the weight they have gained for a couple of reason. 
 
Firstly, some people are emotional eaters; these people are getting some form of satisfaction from eating regardless of their emotional reasons for eating (comfort, reward, stress release etc.) 
 
Secondly, some are just simply over eating; by having 1 mouthful extra per meal is enough to make a big gain over the course of a year. 
If you have 3 meals a day that’s 21 extra mouthfuls per week, or 1092 extra mouthfuls per year that (I hope you’re ready for this bit) equates to around 80 meals extra per year and this is with out high days and holidays like Christmas! These numbers are based on average meal sizes, now who actually has an average size meal I don’t know. 
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