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How to cope with the phobia of vomiting

Emetophobia is the extreme fear of being sick, seeing someone else being sick, or a combination of the two. Despite being one of the most common phobias in the UK, there is very little understanding about the disorder. We speak to chartered psychologist and expert in treating phobias Professor Kevin Gournay CBE about the fear of vomiting and how to manage your phobia: From heights to bird feathers, people can be scared of pretty much anything. But a genuine phobia is no laughing matter and it

8 common myths about mental health

A quarter of the population have experienced mental health problems in their lifetime, but there is still a distinct lack of understanding around the issues many face. Only 44 per cent of adults and less than 20 per cent of children and adolescents with diagnosable mental health problems receive treatment. Nia Charpentier from Rethink Mental Illness dispels some of the most common myths around mental illness that can have devastating effects on people's lives. Myth: sadness is the same as depr

5 ways to help someone with autism this Christmas

Christmas may be a time of excitement and joy but with it often comes higher levels of stress from family gatherings and extra financial burdens. This may be manageable for most people, but for the 700,000 people in the UK that are on the autistic spectrum, Christmas has the potential to cause genuine distress. Autism affects the way a person experiences the world around them, including how they see, hear and feel. The festive period is full of potential triggers to an autistic person but lucki

3 ways to avoid food poisoning over the festive period

Our poor tummies take quite a battering over the festive season, with an additional 2,410 calories consumer every DAY over the festive break. We're not just putting our waist lines at risk though - food poisoning cases also sky rocket at this time of year. Unsurprisingly, poultry meat is the food linked to the most cases of food poisoning, with around 244, 000 cases every year. What you may not realise though is that produce, including vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds, cause the second highest

The psychological impact of being burgled

It is estimated that a burglary happens every 40 seconds in the UK and according to the Metropolitan Police, burglaries rise by roughly 25% in the autumn and winter months. Burglary not only robs victims of their physical possessions – it can also rob people of their sense of security at home, a place where everyone should feel most safe. Rachel Almeida, spokesperson for Victim Support says: "Studies have shown that domestic burglary may have serious short and long-term psychological and emotio

The hidden trauma of having a 'functional' alcoholic parent

Alcohol is becoming a staple of British culture, with the average Briton drinking 151% more alcohol in 2001 than in 1951. With more and more of us reaching for a drink on the regular - particularly at this time of year - is alcoholism becoming more acceptable as long as it doesn't appear to affect our day-to-day lives? Nine million people in England drink more than the recommended daily alcohol limits (2 units) while nearly 2 million adults are thought to have some form of alcohol dependence. A

6 things you need to know about freezing your eggs

Freezing your eggs is a potential way for women to prolong their fertility, but why they might want to do this varies drastically. The HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Association) publishes annual reports on fertility treatments and looks at maintaining high standards across the industry. A common reason for women to freeze their eggs is not having a current partner but the reasons are varied. Other reasons can include medical treatments, such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy, all of wh

The devices that could help you feel safer after dark

Parties, dinners, drinks... The party season is almost upon us, with many using it as an excuse to spend time with friends, family and colleagues or catch up with people we may not have seen all year. To most of us, this time of year brings mass celebration, but sadly not everyone will feel the Christmas joy. In both 2014 and 2015, December saw the most crimes that involve theft all year. Personal safety should be a top priority, regardless of the time of year, but with more late nights happeni

How to handle workplace bullying

The belief that bullying is confined to school is not only wrong, it can contribute to serious harassment issues being overlooked. According to research by the Staffordshire University Business School, roughly 53% of the UK workforce has experienced a form of bullying at some point in their career. As an adult it's tempting to brush off bullying: you have better things to do than deal with office politics, right? But Nielsen & Einarsen revealed in 2012 that exposure to bullying is associated wi

3 surprising behaviours that are scientifically contagious

You're probably well aware that seeing another person yawn or laugh uncontrollably will set you off to do the same. But there are other more surprising behaviours that have been scientifically found to be contagious, too: According to research by Trevor Foulk, it takes no more than a single episode of low-intensity negative behaviour to be transferred to those around us. He's likens rudeness to the common cold, in how easy it is to 'catch'. The 'contagion' (rudeness) appears to be unaffected by

5 myths about cancer we all need to stop believing

Despite someone being diagnosed with cancer every two minutes in the UK, there are still a lot of misconceptions about the life-changing disease. We reached out to Macmillan Cancer Support to help dispel the most common, and in some ways dangerous, cancer myths. There has been a lot of controversy lately over the power positive thinking can have over your health, especially when you have a serious illness. Richard Elworthy, Macmillan Information Development Nurse, says: Elworthy says that whil

How to support your partner during and after pregnancy

When it comes to pregnancy, childbirth and parenting, it's natural to feel overwhelmed. But sadly, 1 in 5 women develop mental illness during pregnancy or within 1 year of birth. And up to 70% of them will hide or underplay the severity of their struggles. The expectations of being the 'perfect' mother, as well as maintaining their own health and wellbeing can prevent many from coming forward when they're struggling. New results out today from online survey of 1,800 British parents by the BBC R

The shocking truth about abortion aftercare

According to the Department of Health, roughly 186,000 abortions were carried out in England and Wales in 2015. The majority of these (55%) are now carried out medically (with a pill), while the rest involve a form of surgery called vacuum aspiration. While the law is very clear on when and how an abortion (or termination) is allowed to take place, there are no clear guidelines on what to offer women in terms of physical, and psychological aftercare. Regardless of the reasons for having an abo

5 signs your job is harming your health

From commuting to overbearing bosses - some work stress is unavoidable, however knowing how to make things a little easier is the first step to a happier, healthier you. After all, we spend more time at work than any other place. Here's what you need to know... It's rare to find a job nowadays that allows you to leave on time, every day. Most of us will find ourselves having to work late or get in early to tick everything off our to-do list. In fact, according to a report by OnePulse, over two

7 myths you need to stop believing about schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is perhaps one of the most misunderstood mental illnesses out there, largely due to misrepresentation in TV and film and sadly, the World Health Organisation estimates that half of people living with schizophrenia won't receive any care for the condition. We spoke to Rethink Mental Illness to help uncover the truth about schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is more common than people think, affecting about 1 in every 100 people, equating to roughly 21 million people worldwide. The conditi

Surviving your kids leaving home as a single parent

For most parents, they know the day will come when they face empty nest syndrome, whether that be going off to university, going travelling or simply moving out into their own home. Regardless of why they're leaving, it's never easy to see your kids take that step of independence, especially for the 2 million single parents in the UK (that's 1 in 4 families). While two-parent households may see children leaving home as an opportunity to reconnect and spend more time as a couple, single parents

The 6 best things you can do for your skin

It may be the largest organ in the human body, but too many of us neglect our skin by failing to understand what it really needs to stay healthy. We spoke to Consultant Dermatologist and British Skin Foundation spokesperson Dr Anjali Mahto to find out what we should be doing to give our skin that extra bit of TLC: We've all heard the rumours that our mobile phone screens carry more bacteria than a toilet seat but could that really be true? Disturbingly, the answer is YES. British watchdog Which

6 things a sex therapist wishes you knew

Communication is essential in almost every aspect of our lives. But these days it can seem as though we're more interested in social media than connecting with those we're most intimate with. The 2014 British Sex Survey showed a shocking 61% of respondents said that it's possible to maintain a happy relationship or marriage without sex. Whether you believe this or not, new research has emerged that shows just how important sex is for a relationship. According to lead author, Lindsey L. Hicks, mo

5 things you didn't know about gout

Britain is supposedly the 'gout capital of Europe', with the number of cases increasing by 64% between 1997-2012 . This means gout now affects 1 in 40 people in the UK, yet few actually know anything about it. We've put together some facts that should be well known about the condition, but may in fact surprise you. Most people associate gout with alcohol and poor diet, but that's often the extent to their knowledge. In fact, gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis, caused by the inability of t

"I'm not drunk, I have epilepsy"

Although it might be a common occurrence to see the odd person staggering home after a night out looking confused and dazed, you shouldn't simply dismiss this person's behaviour for 'being drunk'. Most of the public probably aren't aware that confusion, disorientation, difficulty walking and slurred speech are actually symptoms that someone might experience during or after having an epileptic fit. One man was reportedly arrested ten separate times after being mistaken for being drunk after a sei
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