How caffeine and alcohol affect your sleep…

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Caffeine wakes you up, and alcohol makes you nod off, right? It’s not that simple. Sleep scientist Matt Walker takes us into the eye-opening ways that these drinks affect the quantity and quality of our sleep.

Your body language may shape who you are…

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Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy argues that “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can boost feelings of confidence and might have an impact on our chances for success. A really insightful, thought provoking and empowering …

Anna Marie D’Souza joins us as an Assistant Psychologist

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We’re pleased to announce that Anna Marie D’Souza has joined the Psychology department at Shrewsbury Court Independent Hospital as an Assistant Psychologist. Anna Marie has worked within our hospital for almost two years now, starting as a Therapy Coordinator and then transiting into an Occupational Therapy Assistant for the last year within the hustle and bustle of our OT department. …

Ciara O’Gara joins us as an Assistant Psychologist…

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We’re delighted to announce that Ciara O’Gara has joined the psychology department at Shrewsbury Court Independent Hospital as an Assistant Psychologist. Ciara brings over three years of experience in Health and Social Care; this has included more than two years as a Support Worker supporting adults in the community with learning disabilities and a range of mental health diagnoses, and …

People Profile – Avril McAlees, Forensic Psychologist…

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In the first of a new series of staff profiles, our Forensic Psychologist, Avril McAlees, talks openly about her role at Shrewsbury Court, giving insight into her background, approach to patient care, and what Avril loves about her role. It includes a real-life patient case study outlining the challenges the patient was experiencing and how Avril and her team diligently, …

What causes hallucinations?

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A condition called Charles Bonnet Syndrome can cause blind patients to hallucinate scenes in vivid colour. fMRI studies show that these hallucinations activate the same brain areas as sight — areas that are not activated by imagination. Other hallucinations also involve the same brain areas as real sensory experiences. What’s going on? Elizabeth Cox details the science of hallucinations in …

Exercise and our mental health…

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There are many reasons why physical activity is good for your body – having a healthy heart and improving your joints and bones are just two, but did you know that physical activity is also beneficial for your mental health and wellbeing? We need to change the way we view physical activity in order not to see it as something …

What is consciousness?

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Patient P.S. suffered a stroke that damaged the right side of her brain, leaving her unaware of everything on her left side. If someone threw a ball at her left side, she might duck. But she wouldn’t have awareness of the ball or know why she ducked. Where does consciousness come from? Michael Graziano explores the question that has vexed …

How to look after your mental health…

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It’s important to take care of yourself and get the most from life. Below are 10 practical ways to look after your mental health courtesy of the Mental Health Foundation. Making simple changes to how you live doesn’t need to cost a fortune or take up loads of time. Anyone can follow this advice. Why not start today? https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-to-mental-health

What is schizophrenia?

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Schizophrenia was first identified more than a century ago, but we still don’t know its exact causes. It remains one of the most misunderstood and stigmatized illnesses today. So what do we actually know about its symptoms, causes, and treatments? Anees Bahji investigates in this short animated video. [Directed by Artrake Studio, narrated by Susan Zimmerman, music by Stephen LaRosa]. …