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Our blogs provide insight and commentary on a wide variety of issues related to the fields of psychiatry, psychology and current issues.

Performing under pressure

We all encounter pressures in our daily life. Maybe it’s an upcoming deadline at work, or a repayment that seems too large. And this can be made even worse, if we feel that others are not really pulling their weight, and are we are left picking up the slack for them,...

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Don’t stress about stress!

While stress has become widely acknowledged as an issue in modern society, it has also developed a bad reputation. Stress is seen as something that is negative, that we need to reduce or even eliminate. However, wanting to get rid of stress is problematic in itself...

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Introducing Cognacity’s Coaching Services

You Asked, We Listened! Introducing Cognacity’s Coaching Services... One thing we heard from our clients last year is the need for comprehensive resilience and performance programmes. Our resilience workshops get exceptional feedback - so what’s next? Here are a few...

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Cortisol: the currency of stress

Cortisol. It’s a hormone in our body that is often called the ‘currency of stress’. When we are stressed, a complex system responds to it. This system helps us get out of danger with our fight or flight response, optimising our chances of surviving. And part of this...

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Dr Philip Hopley joins homeless initiative CEO Sleepout

CEO Sleepout is a charity set up to fight homelessness and poverty. Their fight is funded with money raised by executives who sleep outdoors for one night to raise sponsorship from their business contacts and friends. Founding Director and Consultant Psychiatrist at...

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That World Cup Feeling

There is no doubt that emotions run high for many of us during the World Cup, as many of us would have experienced watching England's opening game last night. Whether you are an avid football supporter or not, it is hard to avoid the pull of that green screen filled...

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Seasonal Affective Disorder … Winter is coming!

For those of you who watch Game of Thrones, you will already know that ‘Winter is coming’, as the characters have been saying it for seasons (of the television variety, as well as the of the calendar kind…) Christmas lights are up in the streets, and gifts are proudly...

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Thinking about thinking: Days like these …

Days like these … You get to work, and the printer is out of ink. The coffee pot is empty, and the wheel on your chair is squeaking. There was a power surge, and so all of the files that you had been working on the day before have been saved in that strange, recovery...

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