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Sunday, 27 March 2011
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Friday, 18 March 2011
A report published in the British Medical Journal last week showed that teenagers or young adults who used cannabis increase their risk of developing psychoses. The study spanned ten years and tracked1,900 people.
It has long been known that there is a link between cannabis and psychosis but what wasn’t clear was that cannabis can trigger the disorder, and that cannabis use comes before the symptoms of psychosis as opposed to people using the drug to null the symptoms.
The report showed that cannabis use significantly increased the risk of psychotic symptoms even taking into account other factors such as the use of different drugs or socio-economic status.
Hypnotherapy can help by tackling smoking cessation and cannabis use together. It will also address the root cause of the problem which may well involve psychological and emotional reasons for cannabis use,
Andy Cox, clinical hypnotherapist at Assured Effects in Poole, Bournemouth, Dorset explains “Hypnosis can help by re-programming positive new goals and habits rather than leaving a user to just reply on their willpower.”
Saturday, 12 March 2011
Assured Effects Hypnotherapy: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Have You’ve Had Your Meds...: "A staggering one in ten people in the UK take medication to help them sleep; research released this week has shown.The survey by the Univers..."
A staggering one in ten people in the UK take medication to help them sleep; research released this week has shown.
The survey by the University of Surrey analysed the sleeping habits of 14,000 households and was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Also a mass of data was collected from a study of 40,000 UK families’ sleep data over many years.,
So what did the study conclude other than 10% of us rely on medication to help us sleep. Well it also showed that one in eight people get less than six hours' sleep a night. And this goes against experts’ advice that a good night's sleep is essential to a healthy lifestyle.
The survey also showed there is a difference in sleep patterns between genders. Women are less likely to drop off to sleep within the first half an hour than men - 24% compared to 18%. To balance things out 30% of men said that snoring or coughing disturbs their sleep - compared to 20% of women.
And age makes things worse! The survey showed that 25% of women over 85 took medication to help them get to sleep on three or more nights a week, compared to 15% of men.
It’s okay quoting these statistics but does it help us understand the causes? Well the study established the link between work and sleep patterns. Unsurprisingly, it showed that job satisfaction affects the quality of sleep - 33% of dissatisfied employees slept poorly, compared to just 18% of satisfied employees. If you are unemployed you are over 40% more likely to have difficulty staying asleep than those working.
Can hypnotherapy help? Andy Cox, hypnotherapist at Assured Effects Hypnotherapy in Poole, Bournemouth, Dorset is convinced the answer is yes! He explains “We are all born with the natural ability to fall asleep easily. By teaching you relaxation techniques to help your mind slow down at the end of each day, hypnotherapy can seek out and address the root cause of your sleeping problems.”
“Hypnotherapy can also teach self-hypnosis techniques to improve your ability to relax, reduce anxious thoughts, and prepare your body for sleep. In most cases insomnia can be viewed as a bad habit. Like all bad habits, with the help of hypnotherapy it can be unlearned and replaced by a good habit such as falling asleep easily and enjoying a good night's sleep every night.”
Wednesday, 9 March 2011
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Saturday, 5 March 2011
Below are the statistics from the NHS Information Centre, Department of Health, the Office for National Statistics and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs:
§ In England in 2008 21 per cent of adults reported cigarette smoking, the same as in 2007 and lower than 39 per cent in 1980. Prevalence continues to be higher among men than women, though the difference in 2008 is reduced compared with recent years, with 21 per cent of men and 20 per cent of women reporting cigarette smoking.
§ In England in 2009 three in ten secondary school pupils (29 per cent), had tried smoking at least once and 6 per cent were regular smokers (smoking at least one cigarette a week). Girls were more likely to smoke than boys; 10 per cent of girls had smoked in the last week compared with 8 per cent of boys.
§ In England in 2008/09 two thirds (67 per cent) of current smokers reported wanting to give up smoking, with three quarters (75 per cent) reporting having tried to give up smoking at some point in the past. Around two thirds (69 per cent) of adults report that they do not allow smoking at all in their home, an increase from 61 per cent in 2006. Four in five people (81 per cent) agree with the smoking ban in public places.
§ In England in 2008/09 an estimated 462,900 hospital admissions of adults aged 35 and over were attributable to smoking. This accounts for 5 per cent of all hospital admissions in this age group.
§ In England in 2009 an estimated 81,400 deaths of adults aged 35 and over were attributable to smoking. This accounts for 18 per cent of all deaths in this age group
Thursday, 3 March 2011
According to a recent article in the British Journal of Psychiatry, male depression in the UK is likely to increase significantly in the coming decades. This is due to the fact that economic and social changes will erode traditional sources of male self-esteem. And this will have a significant impact on the mental well-being of men as they try to come to terms with the shift away from traditional male and female roles.
This is a major move away from the current male to female ratio of stress and depression in the UK. Currently women are almost twice as likely to develop major depressive disorder in their lifetime as men.
So why the big shift to male depression in the near future? Well, primarily, traditional “male jobs” such as manufacturing or physical labour are being lost due to improved technology or jobs moving to other countries. The psychological effect is that male self-esteem is set to plummet as they no longer fulfil the role of main bread-winner in household.
So can the male adapt to these sociological changes and avoid a depressive illness? Andy Cox clinical hypnotherapist at Assured Effects Hypnotherapy in Poole, Bournemouth Dorset believes so. Andy explains “Hypnotherapy is very effective at help changing some of our deep-rooted sub-conscious beliefs. Many of us are adverse to change because we see it as a threat. And when we are under threat our body reacts to give us a heightened anxiety state – the classical “fight or flight” response is triggered. This is not at all helpful when the threat is not physical. Hypnosis can help us change our beliefs and adapt to changes in our lives in a relaxed manner. We are then able to see the future as exciting and bright!”
To find out more contact Andy on 01202 696622 or visit the website at www.poolehypnosis.com.