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NRS Mental Health Research Network Scotland Conference in Glasgow yesterday

Enjoyed NRS Mental Health Research Network Scotland Conference @NRS_MH in #Glasgow, at my old university, @UniStrathclyde Strathclyde yesterday.  Great to have some speakers on research into the effectiveness of #digital#psychotherapy (#CBT in particular). An interesting day out. 

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#MondayMotivation: Self-Worth

There is no 'right' time to change or take action. If we wait for that 'right' time we will never work on recovery, seek support, go to therapy or counselling or make the changes that we need to make in life.
NOW is the right time. Don't put of making your life a bit better any longer. Why wait? Give yourself permission and tell yourself that you deserve things to be better. Because you do. Every single person reading this deserves life to be better. And it can be. Just give yourself permission to spend some more time on you.
And, by the way, you CAN do it, even though your critical voice might be telling you otherwise at the moment. YOU CAN DO IT. See the video link that follows on self-worth:
All the best, Alexandra :-) 

Some weekend motivation... Be a unicorn in a field of horses....

Someweekendmotivation...Beaunicorninafieldof horses....

Focus on ....Chew and Spit Disorder

Focus on ....Chew and Spit Disorder  
Chew and Spit Disorder (CSD) is by no means a new form of Eating Disorder (ED).
Many people who experience Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating etc. also experience CSD.Nevertheless, it should be noted that some people experience CSD but don't necessarily other EDs.It is important to consider CSD in its own right. CSD does not currently feature in DSM-5.
CSD is literally what it says:  it involves chewing food, enjoying taste and  texture, then spitting it out instead of swallowing it.Amount of food chewed, then spat out can vary from relatively small amounts to large amounts. It can often cost the person a considerable amount of money to purchase the food in CSD.
Many with CSD don’t feel it is particularly serious/harmful.However, there many damaging consequences associated with CSD which why it’s important health professionals acknowledge CSD and individuals seek help and support as soon as possible.
Some of damaging consequences associ…

Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Some Signs and Symptoms

I was delivering training/lecturing to a group of trainee CBT Therapists in Glasgow yesterday about treatment and therapy for Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). They learned a lot about BDD and just how much it really distresses those experiencing it and impact on their life.

Some of the signs and symptoms of BDD include (we are all different though, so some signs may not be listed/be different): 

* Do you feel that you have one or more features that are very noticeable, abnormal, ugly or ‘not right’?

* Have others close to you or a health professional said that the feature(s) are not that noticeable, abnormal or ugly or look OK?

* If you add up all the time your feature(s) is/are at the forefront of your mind and make the best estimate for a typical day, do you worry (or brood) about it/them for an hour or more a day?

* Does your worry about your feature(s) cause you marked distress?

* Does your worry about your feature(s) significantly interfere with your ability to work, study, …

Do you want to develop your Assertiveness Skills? Yes? Well, read on.

Are you sick of being taken advantage of at work, by family or in relationships?
Always find putting others before yourself? 

Ever feel stressed and exhausted at the end of the week because your are meeting everyone else's need, but no-one meets yours?

Maybe you can't say 'no' and end up doing things or going places you either don't want to go to or have no time for.

Perhaps you don't have a lot of confidence or worry that if you don't go along with what others are doing/saying, they wil think badly of you or criticise you.

What stops you being more assertive? 

Not being assertive can led to low self-esteem, lack of confidence, stress, anxiety and difficulties with relationships. We can also often feel drained and taken advantage of when we just go along with others and don't stand up for ourselves or our needs and views. 

Assertiveness is a tricky business as we are often taught, from an early age, that we 'should' and 'must' p…

Just to let you know.... it's not just females who experience eating disorders

Men and boys and anyone identifying with other genders experience eating disorders and disordered eating too.

We really need to stop leaving out non-females from the conversation. Why? Because to do so means we are discriminating against others, developing 'female-friendly' services only and perpetuating a very biased and unrepresentative picture of eating disorders. This means lots of people are don't have their voice heard and don't receive support and understanding.

Here at Talking EDs, we see males and those identifying with other genders, of all ages and backgrounds who experience a range of eating disorders and disordered eating.

As humans, we all eat after all. So why wouldn't eating disorder/disordered eating affect non-females. I personally find it puzzling why so many people are left our of the eating disorders/disordered eating conversation. 

Eating disorders do not discriminate. They creep upon anyone – male or female – of any age or back…