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8 tips for overcoming Blue Monday and make the most of January

January can be a tough time for even the most cheery individual, with many of us feeling the January blues.  Today, Monday 17th January, is known as Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year, due to the end of festivities, […]

Six reasons why Dry January is good for your mental health

  The festive season is a time of relaxation and merriment and, for many, more than their fair share of alcohol. All the Christmas celebrations are a drinker’s paradise, from the free bar at the office party to the booze-frenzied […]

11 Simple Ways to Manage Depression

Christmas festivities are over, the weather is cold, damp and unfriendly, and the evenings are long and dark. 2022 looms, and you find yourself feeling anxious about what it might hold. Maybe you are even dreading the months that lie […]

How to get yourself into your best mindset this Christmas

Christmas can be a lonely and difficult time if you’re struggling with your mental health. It’s a time when the world is programmed to be joyful. But if you’re battling with clinical depression, shifting yourself into a happy mindset isn’t […]

Psychosis – From Myth to Reality

As humans, we fear the unknown. Inaccurate media portrayals of mental illness can add to the confusion, blurring the reality of what many individuals suffer with. On its website, the National Institute of Mental Health states: “Three out of 100 […]

People with disabilities who have incredible abilities

In 1992, the United Nations declared December 3rd as the International Day of People with Disabilities. A day of celebration, acknowledging the rich diversity of disabled people throughout the world. The etymology of the word ‘disability’ can be traced back […]

Linear, Cyclical and Messy Grief

  Grief is not just about dying in the physical form. It can be a change in relationship status, losing or retiring from a job, imprisonment, a diagnosis of a learning disability, or even a long-term mental or physical illness. […]

Recognising and Treating Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are common, with Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) “estimated to affect up to 5% of the UK population”. 1 Everyone experiences anxiety at different periods of their lives. Anxiety is part of the sympathetic nervous system and is a […]

Bullying Awareness

Bullying is something most people experience at some time in their lives. It sadly seems to be an obligatory feature of childhood and adolescence. A rite of passage, a dreadful, painful learning experience. At worst something that traumatises and stays […]

The Bad, The Good and Positive Stress.

The Bad, The Good and Positive Stress. Stress is bad for you, right?  It is ubiquitously nestled in the lives of people around us.  It is visible as you watch commuters running to catch the nearly-departing train, the parents and […]

The Crux of ADHD

The Oxford English Dictionary describes a ‘crux’ as ‘a particular point of difficulty’.1   An ‘ADHD Crux’ can also be described as the tipping point: the stage, juncture or instance when a realisation that ADHD may be responsible for difficulties and […]

ADHD: Pioneers of Divergent Thinking?

What does the word ‘divergent’ mean? The dictionary defines it as ‘tending to be different or develop in different directions’.1 This can be said to be true for people with ADHD. They are recognised for their ‘Out of the Box’ […]

ADHD and the Time Bandits

If you are of a ‘certain age’ you may recall the 1981 film, Time Bandits.1 ADHD is not part of the storyline. However, the title is suitable to describe how time feels for people with ADHD. On occasion it can, […]

OCD: What is it? And how is it treated?

OCD comes in many guises; however, when we hear the term OCD, we think of things like excessive handwashing or an exceptionally organised person. I always believed that the acronym stood for Obsessive Cleaning Disorder, presumably because of my association […]

Adult ADHD, Experience and Resilience

Late for appointments, missed meetings, burnt offerings for dinner, emotional dysregulation, rejection sensitivity – do these words sound familiar? Almost every day there is an article, video or some form of imagery on social media in relation to Attention Deficit […]

My child is home-schooled – can I still get an ADHD assessment?

This is a query that I’ve received quite frequently – in short, the answer is Yes of course! All assessments undertaken at Psychiatry UK comply with the NICE guidelines on the assessment of ADHD in Children & Adolescents (ref NICE […]

Titration: What is it and how does it work?

During your assessment with the Consultant, you may discuss whether medication would be appropriate to help you manage your ADHD symptoms. If you decide that you might find this beneficial, you will be referred to our Titration Team. Titration is […]

Investing Heavily In Our Services

Our ADHD service has proved to be exceptionally popular, with thousands of referrals received since “Right to Choose” was brought to our attention last year. In this time we have assessed over 10,000 people who have chosen Psychiatry-UK, but many […]

Antidepressants: The Gritty Truth

If you ask someone about mental health medication, inevitably, they mention antidepressants! As a result, they seem to be at the core of psychiatric medicine. Everybody knows a few people on antidepressants – and everybody knows at least one person […]

9 Myths, rumours and FAQs about Psychiatry-UK LLP

Hi all, it’s been an interesting week. We’re dealing with an unprecedented number of referrals which are causing delays and questions to be asked. It’s also meaning our admin teams and nursing teams are working to incredible standards and we […]

Black Lives Matter: How do we safeguard against racism?

I have been a safeguarding lead for fifteen years, the first ten of those in the city of Leeds, West Yorkshire. Leeds has a large Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) population. The NHS Trust I worked for took diversity […]

Black Lives Matter.

A joint message from Medical Lead: Andy Montgomery, Founder: Jon Chanter, Chief Operations Officer: Smaira Rana, and our Designated Members. The awful, unlawful, drawn out killing of George Floyd by an American policeman – looking into a camera with blank […]

Home schooling and ADHD

Dr Shaha leads our Child and Adolescent service and provides her advice on home school during these unique times. This is not a blog aiming to reproduce a “classroom” setting in your home. You are parents not teachers; but as […]

ADHD in girls and women

How does the clinical picture of ADHD differ in males and females? Dr Johnson Consultant Psychiatrist in Neurodevelopmental disorders goes through how to recognise the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in girls and women. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder […]

Keeping Remote Working Real

Many of you will have spent your pre-pandemic life battling the rush hour, to an office when you spent the next eight hours, to then trawl through the same traffic to get home. Finding yourself forced so suddenly into working […]

Covid-19 and OCD

The world is a stressful place right now. The World Health Organisation (WHO) lists obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in its top 10 most disabling conditions as measured by lost income and decreased quality of life. What is OCD? ‘Obsessions’ and ‘compulsions’ […]

10 ways to cope with coronavirus anxiety

1. Know that feeling anxious about coronavirus is OK and normal. Anxiety is a natural response to the unknown, so it’s normal to feel unsettled since much about the virus is unknown even to experts. Anxiety is mother nature’s way […]

Psychiatry-UK rated ‘OUTSTANDING’ for ‘Caring’ in recent CQC Inspection

We were recently inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and have been rated ‘Outstanding’ in ‘Caring’ and received an overall rating of ‘Good’. The CQC is the independent regulator of health and social care in England. They make sure […]

Is ADHD bad for your health?

People with ADHD (Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder) are often creative, charismatic and ambitious. Many, however, seek help due to struggles in education, work, finances or relationships. People with ADHD can struggle in other aspects of life too. For instance, it […]

World Mental Health Day 2019 … Starts at home

This is not one of those Mental Health day posts that sings and dances about the wonderful service we provide. We do enough of that on #feedbackfriday*. We are a remote business. There is no commute to work, with flexible […]

Coercive Control

It was in the news recently that the adult son of Sally Challen managed to have his mother’s case reviewed. After lengthy consideration she was released from prison. She was serving a life sentence for the pre-meditated murder of her […]

Strategy Weekend Summer 2019 – COO’s thoughts…

At the end of June, various members of the team met up for a weekend of strategy, well being and relaxation. You see, here at Psychiatry-UK, we can’t stand the corporate retreat clichés of uncool hotel boardrooms and mandatory team […]

There is much more to ADHD than ADHD!

The 7th World Congress on ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) was held 25 – 28 April 2019 in Lisbon. It is an international conference attended by psychiatrists, specialist, researchers and service users (i.e. patients, partners/family members, carers) from all over […]

A day in the life of a Child & Adolescent Consultant

Clinical Lead of our Child & Adolescent department Dr Monica Shaha talks about a typical day with us. After the school run I settle down to checking PUK related emails which can include:- New referrals using our confidential referral form […]

So what is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

  Something we get asked quite a lot! A psychiatrist is a medically-qualified practitioner who will have first spent 5/6 years training as a doctor. They will then have worked as a doctor for at least a year. Following that, […]

Leaving Neverland and the Insidious Power of Grooming

The documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’ aired in the UK last week and it made for very uncomfortable viewing. It centred on two, now grown men Wade Robson and James Safechuck who when they were children were drawn into Michael Jackson’s inner […]

Safeguarding and Suicide – trying to end it all.

  ‘Died by suicide’ is the term we tend to use nowadays. The old fashioned way, saying that someone ‘committed’ suicide, implies that a crime has taken place – which has not been true since The Suicide Act of 1961 […]

She had the lot …. so why would a millionaire lawyer kill herself?

Every now and again you see a report in a newspaper. There was one a few years ago that always comes to mind for me, a seemingly happily married and successful lawyer with three young children who threw herself in […]

You think you have ADHD? (Lucky you!)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder sounds bad – but isn’t – or at least it isn’t as bad as it sounds – or, at least, it’s not necessarily so….. Turbocharged superheros Actually, many people with ADHD quite like some of it’s […]

Patient story: ‘My ADHD life – before and after diagnosis’

On Monday the first of August 1977, between six and seven in the morning, I popped out into the world. I was a month early. This, it turns out, was one of the few times I’ve ever been early for […]

Talking to your GP about your mental health (what to expect)

We’re all used to going to talk to our GPs about even the most embarrassing of physical conditions, but if you’ve never talked to your GP about your mental health, having that initial conversation can be pretty daunting. Don’t delay, […]

8 signs of being in denial

It’s the season to be jolly – isn’t it? Sadly, it’s also the time of year that it is easiest to catch a nasty cold dose of clinical depression. When it actually happens, depression is all too real – and […]

5 signs your ADHD is breaking up your marriage

So perhaps you have finally got that ADHD diagnosis – and you are taking the medication….. So what’s the problem now?  Here’s some very important news – ADHD is really likely to be affecting your relationship – and you need […]

Stamping out stigma: 5 mental health misconceptions

Mental illness is a sign of weakness. People with depression, anxiety, or other mental health conditions aren’t “mentally weak.” Mental strength is not the same as mental health. Someone who is blind or who has an ulcer could still be […]

Are you SAD?

    There has been a bit of a kick back this week against the rather glib idea of Blue Monday, supposedly the most miserable day of the year – but actually a concept made up by a holiday company […]

1000 Patients seen… But we’re not happy

  We had our 1000th patient book an online appointment with a consultant psychiatrist a few days ago. Over 600 people have paid to see one of our online psychiatrists in the last year – and we are now seeing […]

Awareness isn’t action…

Is the stigma becoming less so? Isn’t it wonderful that nowadays everyone is much more willing to talk about mental health? It is so important that the stigma associated with having a mental rather than physical illness is confronted.  It […]

Psychiatry-UK present at APA New York

Four of the Partners working with Psychiatry-UK presented at a symposium on Telepsychiatry In The UK at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) held in New York City. In the past 12 months we had had […]

Blue Genes – DNA testing for depression

Depression is a huge problem which often blights the lives of sufferers and their families. Suicide  is now the leading cause of death among young adults worldwide. However, when one starts trying to define what depression actually is and it’s […]

The silent killer

It all looks so very glamorous …and of course he doesn’t realise it – but he’s in huge danger…..   …I’m not talking about the assassination skills of the SMERSH Agent about to attack 007, but about something that is […]

8 Things Psychiatrists want you to know about Depression

1. Feeling sad does not necessarily mean you have depression Sadness is such a normal emotion – and so very appropriate to many of the experiences that we all have. What would it be to never feel sad? We may […]

Addictions in the UK and the role of Telepsychiatry  

The future is upon us! Substance misuse is a major problem in the UK. Addiction statistics in the UK remain one of the highest in Europe and we are right up there with the heaviest alcohol consuming countries. However our […]

Zero Suicide: Mental Health’s Big Hairy Audacious Goal?

In their book Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies, the authors Collins and Porras coined the term Big Hairy Audacious Goal (2016). This describes a visionary medium term organisational goal which is compelling, stretches the workforce but is […]

​Telepsychiatry – a magic wand?

Few are more aware of the current problems in healthcare than NHS consultant psychiatrists. Historically, the Cinderella discipline has been badly neglected. Though recently there has been some welcome increase in awareness and understanding around mental health, reducing prejudice, this […]

Does Donald Trump have a personality disorder?

This question seems to have exercised plenty of people recently, including some US  voters, his fellow politicians, other world leaders, worried citizens of the rest of the world, – and a number of prominent psychiatrists and, as it is my […]

Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

This week marks the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week 2017. The stigma attached to mental illnesses is often the reason why people suffer in silence. This week is aimed at raising awareness of mental health related issues. In support […]

Are you coping?

We face all sorts of difficulties in our everyday lives, and our brains are under immense pressure to analyse messages from an increasingly hectic outside world and integrate them with a knowledge of what is happening to us internally. This […]

Anxiety Explained

What is anxiety? Anxiety problems are the commonest mental health disorders, with some surveys showing that a third of people suffer with anxiety at some point in their lives. Anxiety is a feeling of fear and distress. It is a […]

Dementia and Depression – The Facts

There should be no sugaring of the pill. The fact is that dementia and depression go hand in hand – it is depressing to get dementia. However, though there have been occasional headlines suggesting that those who suffer from clinical […]

Must I disclose my mental health condition to potential employers?

Unfortunately, even though we are talking more about mental health, the stigma still remains.  This is particularly true in the workplace. One confidential survey showed that 56% of companies said they would not hire someone with depression, even if they […]

Why aren’t you happy?

How happiness has been viewed is constantly changing. Go back to ancient Greece and it was very simple: happiness was luck. There was nothing you could do about it. In fact, in every European language, the root of the word […]

Refugees and Mental Health

There have always been people who have had to flee from wars, or natural disasters or severe persecution because of their ethnic origin or their political, religious or social activities. If we all had our DNA tested, few of us […]

It’s got to be more MANLY to talk about Mental Health

  We live in a world where men have always had many advantages – just because they are men, but in the area of mental illness perhaps it has always been those traditional male attitudes that mean that it is […]

Ramadan reflections: fasting to feed the soul

In the month of Ramadan and in particular these last 10 nights, Muslims spend a lot of time reflecting on their lives. It is our time for introspection, when we both take stock of things past and plan ahead to […]

Refusing to go to School – how can I help my child?

It is very common for children to refuse to go to school, but when does this behaviour indicate a possible mental health problem or when is it a social problem? Truanting If a child has been missing from school and […]

Are you a blue gene baby?

      Would you like to be one of the first people in the UK to receive a genetic analysis to determine which medication is best suited to YOU for your depression? FREE FOR THE FIRST 5 APPLICANTS We […]