Tag : mental health

Confessions of a Christmas Grinch: why I hate the holidays

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Right don’t judge me, just hear me out… By the time Christmas comes around I’m already in a foul mood due to having my birthday two weeks prior (yes, I hate my birthday too), and I’m absolutely dreading the ultimate anti-climax of all – New Year’s Eve. Like, who even … Read More

Is Instagram Perfection Dominating our Lives?

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There is little doubt that the Instagram hype, rife in our generation, has created a digital environment of competition and comparison. The Gryphon discusses the detrimental effects that powerful social media applications like Instagram can have. We are constantly surrounded by the anxieties of: How many followers do I have? … Read More

Mind How You Go: A How-To Guide For Travelling and Mental Health

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Nerves and anxiety are a natural part of travelling – you are stepping into the unknown and our fight or flight instincts kick in. With so many societies offering trips abroad over the Christmas break and even more students going away with friends or family, The Gryphon explores what it … Read More

MENTAL HEALTH A-Z: F is for Fitness

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We all know that it’s important to keep a well-balanced and healthy life, you don’t need me to preach it to you. But did you know that during exercise your brain releases the ‘happy’ chemical, serotonin, which is the same chemical present in many anti-depressants such as Fluoxetine and Citalopram? … Read More

MENTAL HEALTH A-Z: E is for Eating Disorders; a sister’s tale.

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My whole 4 years at university have been marked by one constant question: “How is she?” It has been one constant worry – would today be the day I got the phone call saying she was in hospital? Would today be the day she became another statistic? A third of … Read More

MENTAL HEALTH A-Z: D is for Dermatillomania

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The word Dermatillomania derives from the Latin language; Derma meaning ‘skin’, tillo meaning ‘to pull’, and mania meaning ‘madness’ or, well, ‘mania’. Also known as Compulsive Skin Picking Disorder, this disorder comes under the Body Focussed Repetitive Behaviour (BFRB) category of mental health disorders. It adopts the same ‘anxiety cycle’ … Read More

MENTAL HEALTH A-Z: D is for Depression

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Although it’s one of the most common mental illnesses, the misconceptions about depression are still prevalent and helping to contribute to the overall stigma that surrounds it. Everyone feels down in themselves from time to time, but the persistent sadness, apathy and hopelessness that comes with depression (along with a … Read More

MENTAL HEALTH A-Z: D is for ‘Don’t Call Me Mental!’ LUU Mind Matters Mental Health Conference 2015

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What are you doing on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th November? I’ll tell you now. You’re going to attend the Leeds Mental Health Conference which is taking place in our very own Student Union. As well as a presentation about OCD and BDD by yours truly on the Friday, the … Read More

Comparison: the habit that fuels self doubt

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“The reason we feel insecure: we compare our behind the scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel”. Now, before you disregard this quote as just downright pretentious and go back to procrastinating from that pile of reading, bear with me for a minute or two. We’ve all had rubbish days; we’ve … Read More

MENTAL HEALTH A-Z: C is for Caring

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When thinking about how my friends and family have cared for me and helped me over the past 7 years, I often neglect their own views on how they think what they have done has impacted me and my recovery. I thought it would be interesting, therefore, to ask them … Read More