Lots of people now-a-days have a “dry” January, meaning they drink no alcohol in January after a period of possible excess at Christmas. This is a good idea but it is probably more important to drink within healthy limits all year round than be abstinent for a month and then return to drinking more than is healthy.
What is healthy?- the amount that the government has recommended as safe has been decreasing in recent years. It is now the same for men and women at 14 units or about 14 small glasses of wine per week.
So don’t feel guilty if you have a drink in January but keep the amounts very moderate all year round. Happy New Year to all from all of us.
Winter is coming and with it unwanted symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) for some people.
SAD is essentially a syndrome where sufferers get symptoms of depression seasonally with spontaneous improvement in Summer months.
Symptoms are typically low mood , irritability, despair and guilt, tearfulness, tension, lethargy and difficulty in concentration.
Self help is possible particularly paying attentions to healthy lifestyle including out door exercise to make the most of what natural light intensity is available. Take measure to decrease stress, making sure of a healthy balanced diet.
If things are still too difficult then let us help with a number of options for treatment in the same way as there are options for treatment of depression. This includes psychological therapies, medication for some and also for some light therapy.
If you are struggling with this do make an appointment and we will be happy to advise you about the best treatment approach for you.
It is suicide awareness day on September 10th.
This has happened every year since 2003.
The day hopes to raise awareness that suicide is often preventable, to improve education about it and to decrease the stigmatization in families where suicide has been a cause of death.
The Samaritans are passionate about suicide prevention and are available to talk 24 hours per day 365 days per year. Their telephone number is 116 123