Anti-depressants ‘no more effective than counselling’

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A study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has found that anti-depressants are no more effective than counselling.

The rate of prescription drugs tackling depression has doubled in the last 10 years with “57.1 million prescriptions dispensed in 2014. Yet in my experience, a number of counselling services have dropped in recent years due to, as many of them say ‘ lack of funding.’ It is important to remember that, like any plan, the Cedar Point Rehab review will only be reimbursed according to what is listed and mentioned in the Benefit Summary.

The report states that sometimes, people have to take the anti-depression drugs like pendulum dowsing instead of counselling. This is due to the “limited access to counselling, where there are often long waiting lists”.

Need for Counselling

More and more people require mental health services. Why is it that funding has been cut for services that many people suffering from depression want and need? The Professor of Psychological Medicine at King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, states that the highest rates of recovery from sober homes are from those having both together. 

It seems that we are letting down the people in need of mental health services. When, in fact, the need for mental health services is rising.

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Smartphones vs Thinking Space

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Smartphones have made the internet and connectivity ever present. We take our phones wherever we go and feel lost without them. We feel we need connectivity but, as discussed previously, it is a much deeper need than that.

 

Smartphones are our catalyst for instant gratification. Any time we feel bored or restless we can pick up our phone and get a little spike of serotonin by looking at a picture of a funny cat. Validating our virtual image on social media, or catching a missed call or text.

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Avatars: Resurrecting passed loved ones

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.I was struck by an article I read in the Daily Telegraph (27/10/15). The article was based of the ambition the animator and tech developer, Simon Keown

He was speaking at an exhibition on the ability to create a 3D avatar of a passed loved one. He does this through rendering pictures and videos of  the decist loved one.

This loved one would be interactive and able to ‘know’ what you have been up to by connecting to your social media feed.

The quote by Benjamin Franklin comes to mind “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”.

Soon, for the living at least, that view might be outdated.

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The Link Between Addictive Cues and Smart Phone Usage

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I was in a lecture recently on the subject of substance abuse and drug addiction. Specifically, on the way that dopamine is triggered by not just the use of drugs, but also cues associated with that drug. For example, returning to the same room you took the drug in, or being with the same people you took the drugs with. These cues are not exclusive to drugs but any addictive behaviour, such as gambling or on-line gaming.

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Facebook Offline Advertising: What’s the Point?

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Facebook is a place where friends go to make meaningful connections.

I was reading the newspaper and as I finished, I noticed the advert on the back page – Bold blue background with a small letterbox picture of a couple, with the word ‘Friends’, written underneath. At the bottom of the page was the Facebook logo. Very odd, I thought, everyone knows about Facebook, why would they need to advertise?

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