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Links to all mental health self-help articles, including depression, anxiety, trauma and addictions
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You may be feeling that there’s no escape from those depressive feelings. Maybe the stress of what you’re experiencing feels completely overwhelming.
I promise you, though, that you can overcome those feelings and thrive again with all the tips and advice in my mental health self help articles.
I can’t promise you that it’ll happen overnight! But – just making the decision and committing to it will make a difference. And you’ll sleep better for it tonight.
I’ve included mental health articles written specifically for your partner. You’ll find the links to all of them further down the page.
Why do you need know?
I know you can live a happier life when you pay attention to your mental well-being. It’s only when you’re well and happy enough that you can share liberally of yourself, to the benefit of others.
That stress and depression doesn’t only affect you – it definitely affects the people around you; most importantly your partner, wife or husband. And, if you have children, they too are affected by your moods, your condition and of course your recovery.
There is no shame in suffering! No need to feel guilty – it doesn’t help anyone… least of all you. You are as unique as any star in the night-sky. You owe it to yourself to do all you can to overcome your depression, and get a handle on all that stress and that sense of being overwhelmed by life.
I know you can do it! I have seen my clients change their lives forever by simply learning how to stay mentally well, and how to stay connected with the people around them rather than disappearing inside their heads.
Heal yourself, change your relationship
Yes, I know… you may feel or think that your partner or spouse is the ’cause’ of much of your unhappiness and you may, of course, be right.
However, your relationship is far more likely to blossom if you feel happier in yourself.
Don’t waste your time trying to change your partner or spouse. We both know that that isn’t going to happen.
If you can find the strength to overcome your personal difficulties then you’ll also feel strong enough to end your relationship or marriage – if it’s truly no longer viable.
But for the moment just be curious about the impact a change in you will have on your partner.
What do I know?
I am a fully qualified and registered (couple) counsellor with over 24 years’ experience (see testimonials). My clients suffered from depression, anxiety, trauma, addictions, stress and relationship problems. Most of them got better – and you can too.
How to beat depression without medication
Antidepressants have a whole host of side effects, even if they do appear to be working. Here's help for you if you want to overcome depression naturally.
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The symptoms of depression in men
14 signs of depression in men and 6 signs that you should seek immediate medical help. Includes information on postnatal depression in men.
The best treatments for severe depression
Includes vital information on drugs for depression, avoiding relapses, psychological treatment and self-hypnosis.
6 useful sources of depression help online
6 sources of online depression help with a discussion of their pros and cons.
The effects of fish oil on depression
Studies on the effects of fish oil on depression and how long it would take to feel the benefits.
Omega 3 side effects you should know about
Drug interactions, side effects with also the benefits of Omega 3.
How to interpret your dreams effectively
Why we dream, what dreaming really is and why a dream dictionary is useless.
How to transform a boring life
Discover the real reason you're bored with your life and 5 science-based tips to get you started on changing your life.
How to boost your self-esteem effectively
10 potential reasons for your low self-esteem and 12 effective self-esteem boosters.
How to help your wife or partner through the menopause
12 ways you can support and help your partner through the menopause and 5 steps towards a better relationship.
Dealing with a nervous breakdown
Life can throw you a real left-hooker, expose you to multiple crisis, a slow build up of stress and/or a tendency to feel anxious all the time until it becomes all too much and you just crash. Here are my articles on what the symptoms of a nervous breakdown are, how you can heal and how your partner or spouse can support you.
Are you suffering from these common nervous breakdown symptoms?
12 mental symptoms, 12 physical symptoms, 7 emotional signs and 10 warning signs that someone is on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
Common symptoms of a mental breakdown
All the signs and symptoms of a mental breakdown (see also: Symptoms of a nervous breakdown).
Interactive nervous breakdown test
Take this nervous breakdown test to discover what you need to do to heal.
How long it takes to recover from a nervous breakdown
10 factors that influence how long it takes to recover from a nervous breakdown
How to stop an anxiety attack (panic attack) in its tracks
5 action plans to help you stop anxiety attack immediately and 5 ways to help stop them happening again.
How to help your partner recover from a nervous breakdown
26 Effective practical and communication tips to help your partner get over a nervous breakdown
The best natural sleep remedies
The best herbal sleep remedies, self-hypnosis, homeopathic remedies and other sleep aids. 7 tips to stop night-time worries and 11 strategies to help you sleep better.
How to deal with psychological trauma
Potentially traumatic experience lurk in every corner of our lives. Here's what yo u need to know about the diagnosis of PTSD, traumatic memories, coping with trauma and how to heal.
Checklist of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms
10 common symptoms of PTSD, DSM5 criteria and 14 signs and symptoms that you may be in danger of developing long-term psychological problems after a traumatic experience.
How to recover from a traumatic birth
5 major losses in the aftermath of a traumatic birth and 6 self-help strategies to help you recover.
Minor head injury and your relationship
What to expect as a couple when one of you suffers minor brain injury symptoms and what to do about it.
Contact sports, CTE and your relationship
Does your partner play contact sports? Check this list of chronic brain injury symptoms (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) to see how it might affect your relationship.
How to deal with anxiety
When you suffer from anxiety it can feel like walking on the edge of a cliff every day. I'm aiming to inform you and give you ways to deal with your anxiety without anti-anxiety drugs (anxiolytics) such as antidepressants and benzodiazepines and others.
3-Step plan to overcome anxiety 'for no reason'
Discover common causes of anxiety and how to get over it with a 3-step plan.
Anxiety symptoms: treatment choices
10 potential causes of anxiety and 10 anxiety treatments.
10 ways to deal your partner's anxiety
10 ways to help your partner deal with anxiety and how to avoid worsening their symptoms.
How to help someone with OCD
10 reasons why living with OCD can be a living hell and 4 steps to help someone deal with OCD.
Interactive social anxiety test
Take this social anxiety test to see how bad your symptoms are. 9 resources on my site to help you deal with your anxiety.
How to overcome social anxiety in 3 steps
How to overcome social anxiety in 3 effective self help steps.
11 Ways to survive the perimenopause
Tell-tale signs you're reaching the perimenopause and 11 ways to survive it
Effective stress relief tips and techniques
10 detailed - not so-usual - tips and techniques to reduce your stress levels.
7 free printable stress management worksheets
7 free printable stress management worksheets to use yourself or, if you're a professional - to help your clients or patients.
Dealing with addictions
Just at a time you're very likely feeling at your weakest, you may need to be stronger than you ever were to quit that addiction. I am for my addiction articles to give you a leg up in overcoming your addiction.
See also: Section Map of All Mental Health Articles.
Here you'll find symptoms of common addictions, self-help strategies, treatment choices and articles with information if your partner or spouse is suffering from an addiction.
Toxic shame - how to survive and heal
3 essential steps towards healing that toxic shame.
Are you really suffering from a shopping addiction?
7 types of shopping addiction and 5 commons signs of a shopping addiction. Includes an interactive test.
The best treatments for that shopping addiction
3 steps to overcoming your shopping addiction, 5 ways to start your recovery tight now and 12 effective self-help strategies.
How to deal with your partner's shopping addiction
4 ways to handle your partner or spouse's shopping addiction starting right now.
Symptoms of an addiction to adult content
12 symptoms of an addiction to adult content with interactive test.
How to overcome your addiction to adult material
3-step strategy to help you stop accessing adult material. 5 ways to overcome your addiction to x-rated content.
Dealing with an alcohol addiction
You may have trouble translating your enjoying 'just having a drink' into having an alcohol problem, let alone to having an alcohol addiction. Here's what you need to know (includes an article specifically for your partner or spouse).
Common symptoms of alcohol abuse
3 Lists of physical and mental symptoms of alcohol abuse and alcohol poisoning.
Common stages of alcoholism
5 stages of alcoholism as identified by professionals working in the addiction field, 5 stages as you might experience them if you're addicted to alcohol and a recovering alcoholic's personal way of identifying the many more stages.
Obvious and not so obvious links between alcohol and depression
How to effectively plan your recovery by understanding the link between alcoholism and depression.
What to do when you're living with an alcoholic spouse or partner
10 ways you'll be affected by your partner's drinking and 25 signs you're in a codependent relationship.