The impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on our bodies, for those unlucky enough to contract the disease, are undeniable and well-documented. Even the long-term effects (so-called “long COVID”) have been the focus of a growing number of studies. But how this unprecedented situation affects our minds is equally concerning. So many people of all […]READ MORE..
Art therapy is often used to help teenagers and young adults who are experiencing a range of challenges, such as bereavement, family breakdown, anxiety, low mood, low self-esteem, behavioural or social problems, or difficulties relating to abuse, neglect or trauma. Research has repeatedly shown that positive change occurs during the process of physical engagement with […]READ MORE..
Young People, Body Image and Eating Disorders Feeling fat. Is this an experience that you have had recently or that you have heard your partner, daughter, son or colleagues share? It is a relatively common expression and appears to transcend cultures and languages. There is an equivalent expression in most languages. While those who identify […]READ MORE..
Boris Johnson has announced a return to the most stringent measures to combat the increasing numbers of Covid 19 in the community. The new measures, including a six-week lockdown, are due to take effect early on Wednesday 6th January (GMT). Whilst in general, voters appear to be in favour of supporting the more stringent measures, […]READ MORE..
COVID-19 stress drives a disturbing rise in hospital admissions for children and young people with eating disorders
The COVID‐19 pandemic has deeply disrupted daily life across the globe, with profound effects on both our physical and mental health (Holmes et al., 2020). While research on the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and young people is still quite limited, a review of recent international studies shows that it is affecting […]READ MORE..
Trichotillomania or Hair Pulling Disorder (HPD) and Excoriation/Skin Picking Disorder (SPD), usually begin in childhood and are referred to as Body-Focused Repetitive behaviours. They may appear as habits in childhood that are directed at the child’s own body. Some habits can be self-soothing in the first instance, like thumb sucking or twiddling hair, they may […]READ MORE..
Why Ketamine is fast becoming the drug of choice for Young Adults. Ketamine is no newcomer to the party drug scene. It has been on offer in clubs, festivals, parties and music festivals for the past two or three decades. This relatively cheap and incredibly dangerous drug is rising in popularity among teenagers and young […]READ MORE..
COVID-19 has now spread across 217 countries, forcing millions of families into lockdown and causing untold damage. This abrupt and drastic deviation from the norm has thrown the regular lives of the global community into disarray. The long term effects of the pandemic are still unclear, but it has been tough on everyone and also […]READ MORE..
Birthdays, Holidays and Celebrations. We hope these occasions are filled with joy, happiness, and the making of memories for years to come. Parents and families organise themed birthday parties, attend weddings, host sleepovers, and celebrate with Fireworks. However, despite their best efforts for some families, these events often seem to end with a Big Bang. […]READ MORE..
Discovering how Early Intervention and Treatment for Teenagers and Young Adults can save a life. Parents often find it difficult to describe ‘when and where’ they first noticed signs that their child was struggling with the early signs of an eating disorder. For many parents, periods of increasingly ‘picky eating’ and changes in style of […]READ MORE..