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Are you a prisoner of fear?


If this pandemic has taught us one thing it is that some things we took for normal were not necessarily always that great. I know that many people are struggling right now but there is an emerging tension between what we did and what we can do.

For many years I used to commute to London. It was expensive, tiring and now for many people unnecessary, certainly to the degree previously done. The social element is a big miss, but the work itself still gets done.

How many millions of miles were travelled to have face to face meetings with people? It turns out Zoom is pretty good. The meetings are more focused now, at least.

I have not conducted therapy sessions in my office since March and it seems to be working pretty well. Clients still recover and get on with their lives. 

Maybe as we shake things up and arrive at the 'new normal' we might consider also leaving the prison of fear as well.

Fear is the emotion that drives all anxiety problems: panic, GAD, OCD, worry, phobia, social...

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It is easy to predict the future but not so easy to be correct.


It is easy to predict the future but not so easy to be correct.

The reason that it is easy to predict the future is that many things seem so obvious. For instance, the economy is going to struggle because of the combined effects of Brexit, the Pandemic and trade wars etc make this seem obvious.

That people are going to continue to be over-prescribed anti-depressants and anxiolytics seems obvious, given that the rates of prescription have doubled in 10 years.

It is harder to predict if people will start to take more responsibility for their own mental health. My special interest is in promoting Self Help Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (SH-CBT) because my mission is to eradicate unnecessary mental health problems. In all honesty, I am not at all sure this will happen in my lifetime!

Some reasons this prediction is hard to make:-

  1. At school you learn history and biology etc but you learn nothing helpful about avoiding mental health problems.
  2. You have been taught that psychological...
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We are conflicted but we dream of peace


If you lost your memory would you still have a problem? No you wouldn't 

You are the sum total of your memories and of course this encompasses your experiences. But, many of your memories and experiences are ones of conflict!

Human history is really a catalogue of human conflict. Typically involving dominant men who are playing out their psychological conflicts and needs and using the rest of us as tokens in an endless game they cannot win.

Our own history is also one of conflict. Not actual physical conflict, unless the paragraph above resonates with you! No, it is a conflict between different belief systems and versions of reality. In fact, I will go so far as to say that all mental health problems are conflicts between competing internal belief systems or conflicts between different realities. 

The part of you that you call YOU, ME, I, is the victim. How does that make you feel? Like a helpless victim I would imagine, helpless, low in control and unsafe because you...

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A Revolution in Mental Health


When the horseless carriage (car) was invented it looked just like a horse drawn carriage but without a horse. The inventors used design and thinking principles from the 19th Century as they ushered in the age of the automobile in the 20th Century. Now the government are using 20th Century thinking as they flounder to solve the problems of mental health in the 21st Century.

Many mental health problems are treatable by the individuals concerned using a more intelligent Self Help Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Self help CBT) approach. The problem is that people do not know this. Self Help CBT is clinically effective, cost effective and empowering for the individual. And yet...where is it promoted? No where! The Guardian, today published an article on a report by Mind that stated 65% of adult participants with a pre-existing mental health problem said it had become worse during lock down. With younger people affected more and women more affected than men.

The centre for mental...

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Dr Purves beat Dr Freud


In the early years of the 1900's Dr Freud was interested in very brief psychotherapy. He treated the composer Gustav Mahler in 4 hours for marital problems and the composer Bruno Walter in 6 sessions for paralysis on the arm. I managed to beat that record and cured paralysis in 4 hours. I had a secret weapon, that Freud did not. I know how many hours are in the week. Watch the video and see what I mean.

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Repetitive negative thoughts can damage your brain

negative thinking Jun 30, 2020

Repetitive negative thoughts are not nice things to have, but you may be forgiven for believing that was the extent of it. However, psychological things are never quite that simple. We know for instance that one of the main characteristics of depression is rumination, which is just a technical word for repetitive negative thinking. We also know that negative thinking has a role in stress and anxiety. 

Research has suggested a linkage of psychological factors, such as depression and anxiety with Alzheimer’s disease. This poses the question of how does depression and anxiety  become a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease? New research suggests it is through repetitive negative thinking, and in particular, processes of rumination — repeatedly thinking about the past — and worry, being concerned about the future.

A recent study measured 360 participants’  repetitive negative thinking, depression, anxiety, and cognitive decline levels for...

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Why depression captures you and what to do about it.

Uncategorized May 24, 2020

Depression has the ability to capture your attention and to create, develop and nurture internal reality stories that are both depressing and entirely fictional. Learn what I dream about and see why the process of dreaming has some similarity to depression.

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Why Anxiety is a mistake made by your brain

mhaw 2020 May 21, 2020

There is a really strong tendency to believe that your experience is always valid and accurate and represents reality. This video explains what that it wrong. The example being anxiety is a mistake made by your brain.

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Why panic is unnecessary and how to solve the problem of panic

Uncategorized May 19, 2020

Two questions answered in one video.

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Anxiety Wizard for the NHS

aw4nhs May 19, 2020

Made possible by the members of Dr Purves programs. Thank you.

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