September 20, 2013

Grief and Loss

Grief is commonly associated with bereavement; we tend to think of grief as a reaction to death and dying. However the experience of grief can arise in most areas of life where things cease or change significantly. Relationship, employment, health and functioning losses are examples of situations that may precipitate a grief response. Grief and loss can affect us in a various number of ways. Following is a list of possible symptoms –  you may experience some of them or all of them, and they may change over time. Symptoms of grief   Emotions Sadness Loneliness or a sense of isolation, perhaps feeling like nobody understands you or your situation Anger or frustration about loss or changed circumstances; anger with yourself, the world, God, or the […]
August 28, 2013

All About Panic Attacks

About 1 in 4 people will experience a panic attack at some stage in their life. Panic attacks are characterised by abrupt surges of intense fear and anxiety, that peak within a short time, and cause distressing physical symptoms. Often because the first attack occurs unexpectedly without an obvious trigger, the attack is interpreted as ‘something must be seriously wrong with me’, either physically, or mentally, increasing the anxiety and panic. And because the first attack is so scary, people become afraid of having another attack, the fear of fear develops and panic disorder takes hold of you. Good news is there are effective psychological treatments for panic disorder.   This will be useful if… you have had or think you might suffer with panic attacks you […]



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