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Inside my mind – the science behind mental health problems.

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My friend Peter Wilson (with me above) and his musician son Ross featured in a BBC3 documentary shown on Wednesday 7th August 2013

The programme discusses the science behind the most common mental illnesses that affect young people – why they develop, what’s going on inside our bodies and what we can do to treat them.

Click this link to see the show titled: ‘Inside my mind – the science behind mental health problems.’

The programs ending was heartening showing the benefits of creative genius that can come from manic episodes

peter and ross music night

♫♥♪ Peter with his sons entertaining us at Open Mic in Wraysbury

My musician friend Ross is inspirational; the young people featured in the BBC3 documentary are doing a great job in reducing the stigma associated with mental health challenges through sharing their experiences

I think it is wonderful that they are prepared to continue their own understanding of their mental well-being and to educate others.

Some psychotic episodes are beneficial and others distressing.

The trouble with medical labels is they create an identity that people live into; the label does not define the whole person.

The brain is not fully developed until age 23/26 in women and as late as 27/28 in men.

I respect that medication has its place. I also believe it is useful to be open to search for alternative therapies; and to reduce reliance on medication.

I am reminded of the work of Dr. Jonas Ridderstråle who is one of the world’s most significant and respected business thinkers and speakers. Dr. Ridderstråle has provided people with the competence, confidence and courage to feel, think and do things differently.  I can still remember vividly the speech he made when I attended a conference with IBM over a decade ago. He spoke about the well-being in society holding up tablets to illustrate the point of a medicated nation from ‘Prozac to Viagra’

There are other options ~ there are alternatives to prescription or illegal drugs

I am a proponent of natural cures. Often the brain will recover itself if left alone.

Each individual’s journey to recovery is a deeply personal process

Good stress management includes building emotional strength, being in control of your situation, having a good social network and adopting a positive outlook.

Information and Support

The NHS provide detailed information on stress management :-

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/reduce-stress.aspx

If you, or someone you know, have been affected by the issues raised in the BBC documentary the following organisations can help:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01b3s86/features/info-and-support

 

2 Comments

  • Linnéa
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for highlighting this documentary Rose; a very worthwhile watch. Just to draw your attention to the fact that the BBC link is no longer valid as it is no longer available on iplayer. The full length documentary is however available via youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiucGKthV6E

  • Rose Evans
    Posted August 25, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Hi Linnéa,
    Thank you for sharing the new link :-
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiucGKthV6E
    and for looking at the workstresstosuccess web site and taking the time to comment and share, much appreciated.
    Love & Smiles Rose x ☆¨¯`♥ ¸.☆¨¯`♥ ¸.☆¨¯`♥

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