In polycystic ovary syndrome, anxiety is often an issue. I have long been interested in how best to tackle this problem, and indeed my PhD was on the psychological aspects of PCOS.
After some thought and background research, I decided to create a stress management program specifically for PCOS, based around the fact that some of the hormones that are a problem in PCOS come from the adrenal glands, and because the adrenal glands are responsive to stress, they are conversely responsive to relaxation. Although many therapists use hypnotherapy for anxiety, nobody previously had used techniques derived from hypnotherapy to alter the hormone levels in PCOS. Read More
The NHS estimates that 1 in 6 people have experienced anxiety &/or depression in the past week (McManus et al, 2016). Many of these people have been prescribed anxiety medication. In the UK, men have started to value their mental health more than their physical health (Barry & Daubney, 2017), and the stress of maintaining a healthy ‘work-life balance’ is almost impossible for everyone.
One of the worst things about anxiety and stress is that it can spill over from one area of life to another. For example, it is common for stress at work to cause stress in relationships, and vice versa. This means that anxiety and stress can snowball out of control into all sorts of issues. For example, anxiety about work can lead to anger management issues, substance abuse (e.g. drinking or smoking too much), gambling addiction and depression. Read More
In my blog this week I present three good reasons.
The National Institutes for Clinical Evidence (NICE) base much of their judgment on a type of study called a ‘meta-analysis’. A meta-analysis assesses how well a treatment works based on all of the available research that has been done with that treatment. Most of the evidence I present below is based on the findings from meta-analyses. Read More