Mental Health Statistics: Men & Women

mental health men womenWomen are more likely to have been treated for a mental health problem than men (29% compared to 17%). This could be because, when asked, women are more likely to report symptoms of common mental health problems. (Better Or Worse: A Longitudinal Study Of The Mental Health Of Adults In Great Britain, National Statistics, 2003)

Depression is more common in women than men. 1 in 4 women will require treatment for depression at some time, compared to 1 in 10 men. The reasons for this are unclear, but are thought to be due to both social and biological factors. It has also been suggested that depression in men may have been under diagnosed because they present to their GP with different symptoms.  (National Institute For Clinical Excellence, 2003)

Women are twice as likely to experience anxiety as men. Of people with phobias or OCD, about 60% are female.  (The Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report, 2001)

Men are more likely than women to have an alcohol or drug problem. 67% of British people who consume alcohol at ‘hazardous’ levels, and 80% of those dependent on alcohol are male. Almost three quarters of people dependent on cannabis and 69% of those dependent on other illegal drugs are male. (The Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report, 2001)

 

If you’re dealing with mental health issues, depression, seeking treatment for abuse or having problems conquering other personal issues and would like to learn more about how our bespoke health retreats could benefit you, visit www.breakthrough-retreats.co.uk. There you’ll be able to claim your free copy of my new guide, “Unlocking your full potential: An introduction to the incredible impact of personal development retreats”, packed with information on everything from what a spiritual retreat looks like to the benefits of getting away from it all.

 

Article information from here: http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/mental-health-statistics/men-women/

10 Ways to Look After Your Mental Health

anxiety awareAnyone can make simple changes that have a huge impact on their mental health and wellbeing. We’ve come up with ten practical ways to take care of yourself and get the most from life.

Mental health is about the way you think and feel and your ability to deal with ups and downs. Making simple changes to how you live doesn’t need to cost a fortune or take up loads of time. Anyone can follow our advice.

 

Talk About Your Feelings

Talking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled. It’s part of taking charge of your wellbeing and doing what you can to stay healthy.

 

Eat Well

There are strong links between what we eat and how we feel – for example, caffeine and sugar can have an immediate effect. But food can also have a long-lasting effect on your mental health.

 

Keep in Touch

Friends and family can make you feel included and cared for. They can offer different views from whatever’s going on inside your own head. They can help keep you active, keep you grounded and help you solve practical problems.

 

Take a Break

A change of scene or a change of pace is good for your mental health. It could be a five-minute pause from cleaning your kitchen, a half-hour lunch break at work or a weekend exploring somewhere new. A few minutes can be enough to de-stress you.

 

Accept Who You Are

Some of us make people laugh, some are good at maths, and others cook fantastic meals. Some of us share our lifestyle with the people who live close to us, others live very differently. We’re all different.

 

Keep Active

Experts believe exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good. Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and help you concentrate, sleep, look and feel better. Exercise also keeps the brain and your other vital organs healthy.

 

Drink Sensibly

We often drink alcohol to change our mood. Some people drink to deal with fear or loneliness, but the effect is only temporary.

 

Ask for Help

None of us are superhuman. We all sometimes get tired or overwhelmed by how we feel or when things go wrong. If things are getting too much for you and you feel you can’t cope, ask for help.

 

Do Something You’re Good At

What do you love doing? What activities can you lose yourself in? What did you love doing in the past? Enjoying yourself helps beat stress. Doing an activity you enjoy probably means you’re good at it and achieving something boosts your self-esteem.

 

Care for Others

Caring for others is often an important part of keeping up relationships with people close to you. It can even bring you closer together.

 

If you’re dealing with depression, seeking treatment for abuse or having problems conquering other personal issues and would like to learn more about how our bespoke health retreats could benefit you, visit www.breakthrough-retreats.co.uk. There you’ll be able to claim your free copy of my new guide, “Unlocking your full potential: An introduction to the incredible impact of personal development retreats”, packed with information on everything from what a spiritual retreat looks like to the benefits of getting away from it all.

Welcome to The Briers Country House; New Retreat Centre Review

We ran our first retreat at our custom Retreat Centre earlier this month. We were so bowled over by the review that we got from our very treasured Dr client that we had to share it with you. Our treasured client also provided us with some lovely pictures that we know you will appreciate. Please enjoy his words.

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The Retreat

The retreat was well organised and ran smoothly.  The experience sought to achieve a holistic healing of mind, body and spirit and involved a number of different psychological and holistic therapies/techniques.  In between specific therapies, there was ample time to chat with Maureen (Courtney) to explore issues and to provide feedback about therapies.

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Location-wise, the retreat centre could not have been better placed: The Briers is situated on the outskirts of Newcastle, County Down, in close proximity to the Tollymore Forest, the Mourne Mountains and the Irish Sea, an ideal place to “get back to nature” and a sanctuary to find peace and serenity.

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The Therapists

Therapists I worked with in the Breakthrough Retreats team included:

  • Gareth for Bio Cranial Sacral therapy
  • Joanne for Reflexology
  • Jacquie for EMDR
  • Janine for Massage
  • As well as Maureen for Hypnosis, reiki, journey therapy, regression therapy

All the therapists I worked with were very friendly, supportive and positive; it was very easy to build rapport with them.  Each therapist is very experienced and an expert in their field, and passionate about holistic therapy.

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As the organiser of the retreat, Maureen was the therapist with whom I spent the most time.  She was very friendly and approachable, and in between specific therapies, I found it easy to chat to her about my issues and also about my own developing interests in holistic healing.  In her capacity as hostess, Maureen was always keen to make sure that my stay at The Briers was comfortable and pleasant.

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NI Bootcamp Activities

Incorporating outdoor / adventure activities into the retreat was inspirational.  Ian, from NI Bootcamp (Who Breakthrough Retreats work in conjunction with to produce the outdoor leg of their Retreats), was a joy to work with; a gentleman, professional, passionate about what he does, he provided me with support and motivation in all activities we did together (running + circuits, mountain biking, hill walking, indoor climbing).  Ian was very easy to talk to, and share personal experiences with; we found that we had similar personalities and issues and I found chatting with him to be inspiring and illuminating.

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Food, Accommodation & Hospitality

The Briers Country House was like a home away from home; very comfortable and peaceful, an ideal place to escape from the hustle and bustle of 21st Century life.  The room I had would have been able to sleep 3 people (one double bed and one single) and had an en suite toilet and bath/shower.

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The home-cooked food was wonderful and well-portioned: with a choice of breakfasts, including full, cooked Ulster breakfast, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, porridge, cereals, toast, fruit and yoghurt. The three-course dinners were always tasty and satisfying.

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Maureen was a wonderful host.  She was keen to make my stay as pleasant and as comfortable as possible. Maureen was also very kind enough to do some laundry for me (after I had got a bit muddy doing some of the NI Bootcamp activities).

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If you are interested in hearing more about our Group Retreats at The Briers then please Contact Us.

I’ve tried other types of therapy healing that weren’t enormously effective – can hypnotherapy help me?

Although hypnotherapy can help to resolve any number of different issues, it is particularly effective for clients dealing with depression, weight issues, addictions, stress, panic attacks and anxiety.

Like transpersonal psychotherapy (which you will also enjoy the benefits of on your health retreat), a large part of hypnotherapy involves tracing your current behaviours and attitudes back to their root. Generally this will go right back to childhood. Once you are there, your hypnotherapist will then help you to release whatever memories or associations are holding you back in order to enable you to move on with your life.

When it comes to addictions, the impressionable state a client enters during a hypnotherapy session will allow the hypnotherapist to input ideas in order to ensure the client begins to view their addiction in a negative light. For example, if the client was a smoker, it might be worthwhile to connect the feel of a cigarette to previously held fears or simply help them to associate the taste with the many health risks associated with smoking.

Despite what some people might think, therapy healing such as this is extremely effective, and is increasingly gaining recognition within the medical community.

If you’re dealing with depression, seeking treatment for abuse or having problems conquering other personal issues and would like to learn more about how hypnotherapy and other similar treatments available at our bespoke health retreats could benefit you, visit www.breakthrough-retreats.co.uk. There you’ll be able to claim your free copy of my new guide, “Unlocking your full potential: An introduction to the incredible impact of personal development retreats”, packed with information on everything from what a spiritual retreat looks like to the benefits of getting away from it all.

What is Shamanic Healing?

Dating back thousands of years, Shamanism is a truly ancient method of spiritual healing. Rather than treating the physical manifestations of an issue (for example, for individuals dealing with depression this might be an inability to get to sleep), Shamanism looks at identifying and resolving the spiritual causes of the problem.

Perfect for people seeking to achieve oneness of body and spirit, this treatment involves the Shaman engaging and communicating with the spirit world via alternate levels of consciousness inaccessible to you and me. For those who embrace these sessions, they can go a long way in showing you how to be at one with yourself.

In doing this, the Shaman receives guidance which they will then use to ensure your mind, body and spirit are functioning in unison. With individuals this may involve anything from repairing the soul to tackling spiritual blockages.

Though this method of healing will require an open mind, there is a reason Shamanism has stood the test of time – it really does work! Whether you’re dealing with depression, seeking treatment for abuse or having problems conquering other personal issues, shamanic healing can produce remarkable results. For this reason, it is one of the key therapies we offer at our spiritual retreats.

For more information and to discover what other treatments are available at our spiritual retreats, visit www.breakthrough-retreats.co.uk. There you’ll be able to claim your free copy of my new guide, “Unlocking your full potential: An introduction to the incredible impact of personal development retreats”, packed with information on everything from what a spiritual retreat looks like to the benefits of getting away from it all.

What exactly is transpersonal psychotherapy?

Having trained for five years to become a transpersonal therapist, this is an area of particular expertise for me.

Forming a large part of our health retreats, this incredibly effective form of therapy healing involves searching for the origin of your problem (be it stress, depression, anxiety or addiction) and helping you recognise negative behaviours in yourself and develop the means to tackle them effectively. Transpersonal psychotherapy sessions may also involve looking at your situation on a spiritual level. Lots of people have spiritual beliefs which are different to those of their family, which can be extremely difficult to come to terms with. Similarly, dream analysis can form an important part of these sessions.

In short, transpersonal therapy, like other effective mental therapy treatments such as hypnotherapy, is concerned with tracing everything back to its root cause. Often this won’t be immediately apparent, but will emerge gradually after several sessions at your retreat centre. For example, if you are struggling to deal with stress and anxiety, though you might initially think work is to blame, we may discover in the course of the therapy that the real cause is an inability to deal with abuse suffered in the past at the hands of parents or partners. Whatever the origin of your problem, identifying it is a huge step towards tackling and overcoming it, and essential if you are to be able to live the life you want in the future.

If you’re dealing with depression, seeking treatment for abuse or having problems conquering other personal issues and would like to learn more about how a break at one of our retreat centres could benefit you, visit www.breakthrough-retreats.co.uk. There you’ll be able to claim your free copy of my new guide, “Unlocking your full potential: An introduction to the incredible impact of personal development retreats”, packed with information on everything from what a spiritual retreat looks like to the benefits of getting away from it all.

Discovering Reiki: an underappreciated form of therapy healing

Reiki (meaning ‘wheel’ in Japanese) involves looking at the 7 energy centres, or ‘chakras’, in your body.

If you’ve suffered a trauma or accident – this can be anything from a miscarriage to a shunt in your car – your chakras may well have become misaligned. Once they are out of sync, this can have a distinctly negative impact on the way you feel.

During a Reiki session (which will usually last about an hour), your practitioner will place their hands over your body whilst channelling energy through a higher source in order to realign your chakras so they can work in harmony once more. Don’t worry – you will remain fully clothed throughout!

Often clients will require more healing in one part of their body than in another. For example, if you have particularly low self esteem and self confidence, meaning that you find it difficult to cope with conference calls and speeches, your treatment might focus largely on the throat and neck.

What you experience will be unique to you and may vary from session to session. Some people experience heat coming from my hands, others may experience a tingling sensation, and some nothing more than a deep sense of absolute calm and relaxation. Despite the physical nature of this treatment it is very much a mental therapy too, and can be remarkably effective.

Although this type of treatment can often meet with a certain amount of cynicism from some clients, it can be incredibly effective, especially for those struggling with self esteem and self confidence. For example, I was recently working with a woman who had been diagnosed with a severe blood condition and after only four sessions she returned for a check-up to find that her blood was completely clear!

Suffice to say, the healing power of the mind should never be underestimated.

If you’re dealing with depression, seeking treatment for abuse or having problems conquering other personal issues and would like to learn more about other treatments available on our spiritual retreats, visit www.breakthrough-retreats.co.uk. There you’ll be able to claim your free copy of my new guide, “Unlocking your full potential: An introduction to the incredible impact of personal development retreats”, packed with information on everything from what a spiritual retreat looks like to the benefits of getting away from it all.

Herniated (Slipped) Disc In-Depth Report

Background

Back pain is one of the most common reasons people visit their doctor. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, 8 out of 10 people have some type of backache.

Back pain can be acute, subacute, or chronic.

  • Acute back pain develops suddenly and lasts up to several weeks. Acute pain is the most common type of back pain.
  • Subacute back pain is pain that lasts up to 3 months.
  • Chronic back pain can begin abruptly or gradually, but it lasts longer than 3 months.

Back pain can occur in any area of the back, but it is more common in the lower back, which supports most of the body’s weight.

The Spine

The back is highly complex, and pain may result from damage or injury to any of its various bones, nerves, muscles, ligaments, and other structures. Still, despite sophisticated techniques, which provide detailed anatomical images of the spine and other tissues, the cause of most cases of back pain remains unknown.

Vertebrae. The spine is a column of small bones, or vertebrae, that support the entire upper body. The column is grouped into three sections:

  • The cervical (C) vertebrae are the seven spinal bones that support the neck.
  • The thoracic (T) vertebrae are the twelve spinal bones that connect to the rib cage.
  • The lumbar (L) vertebrae are the five lowest and largest bones of the spinal column. Most of the body’s weight and stress falls on the lumbar vertebrae.

Below the lumbar region is the sacrum, a shield-shaped bony structure that connects with the pelvis at the sacroiliac joints.

At the end of the sacrum are two to four tiny, partially fused vertebrae known as the coccyx, or “tail bone.”

Each vertebra is designated by using a letter and number, allowing the doctor to determine where it is in the spine.

The letter reflects the spinal region where the vertebra is located:

  • C=cervical (neck region)
  • T= thoracic (chest, or middle back, region)
  • L=lumbar (lower back)

The number signifies the vertebra’s place within that spinal region. The numbers start with 1 at the top of a region and count up as the vertebrae descend within the region. For example, C4 is the fourth bone down in the cervical region, and T8 is the eighth thoracic vertebrae.

The Discs. Vertebrae in the spinal column are separated from each other by small cushions of cartilage known as intervertebral discs. The discs have no blood supply of their own. They rely on nearby blood vessels to keep them nourished.

Each disc is 80% water and contains two structures.

  • Inside each disc is a jelly-like substance called the nucleus pulposus.
  • The nucleus pulposus is surrounded by a tough, fibrous ring called the annulus.

Processes. Each vertebra in the spine has a number of bony projections called processes. The spinous and transverse processes attach to the muscles in the back and act like little levers, allowing the spine to twist or bend. The particular processes form the joints between the vertebrae themselves, meeting together and interlocking at the zygapophysial joints (more commonly known as facet, or z-joints).

Spinal Canal. Each vertebra and its processes surround and protect an arch-shaped central opening. These arches, aligned to run down the spine, form the spinal canal, which encloses the spinal cord.

Spinal Cord. The spinal cord is the central trunk of nerves that connects the brain with the rest of the body. Each nerve root passes from the spinal column to other parts of the body through small openings, bounded on one side by the disc and on the other by the facets. When the spinal cord reaches the lumbar region, it splits into four bundled strands of nerve roots called the cauda equina (meaning horsetail in Latin).

 Herniated Disk In-Depth Report

Symptoms and Causes

The origin of the pain is often unknown, and imaging studies may fail to determine its cause. Disc disease, spinal arthritis, and muscle spasms are the most common diagnoses.

Psychological and Social Factors for a Speedy Recovery

Psychological factors are known to play a strong influential role in three phases of low back pain:

Some evidence suggests preexisting depression and the inability to cope may be more likely to predict the onset of pain than physical problems. A “passive” coping style (not wanting to confront problems) was strongly associated with the risk of developing disabling neck or low back pain.

Social and psychological factors, as well as job satisfaction, all play a role in the severity of a person’s perception of back pain. For example, one study compared truck drivers and bus drivers. Nearly all the truck drivers liked their work. Half of them reported low back pain but only 24% lost time at work. Bus drivers, on the other hand, reported much lower job satisfaction than truck drivers, and these workers with back pain had a significantly higher absentee rate than truck drivers in spite of less stress on their backs. Similarly, another study found that pilots, who generally reported “loving their jobs,” reported far fewer back problems than their flight crews. And yet another study reported that low rank, low social support, and high stress in soldiers was associated with a higher risk for disabling back pain.

Depression and a tendency to develop physical complaints in response to stress also increase the likelihood that acute back pain will become a chronic condition. The way a patient perceives and copes with pain at the beginning of an acute attack may actually condition the patient to either recover or develop a chronic condition. Those who over-respond to pain and fear for their long-term outlook tend to feel out of control and become discouraged, increasing their risk for long-term problems.

Studies also suggest that patients who reported prolonged emotional distress have less favorable outcomes after back surgeries. It should be strongly noted that the presence of psychological factors in no way diminishes the reality of the pain and its disabling effects. Recognising this presence as a strong player in many cases of low back pain, however, can help determine the full range of treatment options.

Find out more…

If you’re dealing with a slipped disc, or simply looking for advice on how to be at one with yourself and would like to learn more about what a health retreat can do for you, visit www.breakthrough-retreats.co.uk. There you’ll be able to claim your free copy of my new guide, “Unlocking your full potential: An introduction to the incredible impact of personal development retreats”, packed with information on everything from what a spiritual retreat looks like to the benefits of getting away from it all.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/herniated-nucleus-pulposus-slipped-disk/print.html

What results can I expect to see following my bespoke health retreat?

Although it is impossible to provide statistical evidence of the benefits of a bespoke health retreat given the extremely subjective nature of personal development, the transformative power of a health retreat is astonishing.

Having spent anywhere from 1 day to 7 days with us, every single client we have helped has achieved a breakthrough of one sort or another during their stay, whether this comes in the form of an ‘aha!’ moment or at the end of a gradual process of self evaluation and therapy.

Among the most common results clients enjoy is finally being able to let go of memories, traumas and unhelpful attitudes which prevent them from being able to fulfil their true potential. Whereas people will come to us dealing with depression, low self esteem and self confidence, anxiety, anger or other such issues, we will help them get to the bottom of their problems, confront and conquer the root cause and develop a fresher and more positive approach to life.

“Can I claim treatment on my health insurance?”

As treatments such as psychotherapy and hypnotherapy are increasingly gaining recognition in medical circles, it is now possible to claim for certain treatments on your health insurance – or even via the NHS! Indeed, many of my clients have contacted me following their stay at one of our retreat centres to inform me that their insurance were willing to cover the treatment they received – no doubt thanks in part to the fact that the transformative power of the health retreat meant that the individual would most likely need no further treatment in the future.

By checking with your insurance provider or contacting your local GP, you should be able to find out whether or not this is possible for you.

Find out more…

If you’re dealing with depression, seeking treatment for abuse or simply looking for advice on how to be at one with yourself and would like to learn more about what a health retreat can do for you, visit www.breakthrough-retreats.co.uk. There you’ll be able to claim your free copy of my new guide, “Unlocking your full potential: An introduction to the incredible impact of personal development retreats”, packed with information on everything from what a spiritual retreat looks like to the benefits of getting away from it all.

What are the benefits of getting away from it all?

Natural surroundings

Whether you live or work in a town or a city, it’s easy to let grey and concrete surroundings get you down. Although you might think that going to the local park at lunch, after work or at the weekend will help relieve and revitalise you, this can only go so far.

Far more effective is to leave the city completely. By doing this, not only will you be able to appreciate the scale and power of nature, but more importantly you will be able to do so without being surrounded by hundreds of others. As such, though it may be more time-consuming than frequenting your local park, a visit to the coast or a lengthy hill walk will be far more effective in terms of helping you to achieve peace of mind and gain perspective on your life.

At Breakthrough Retreats we offer bespoke health retreats in several different locations, all of which are able to boast stunning surroundings. What’s more, whilst you will enjoy a packed schedule of treatments during your stay, we always make sure to allow ample time for you to experience the natural landscape. Whether you’re having problems dealing with depression, low self esteem and self confidence, or are simply looking for advice on how to be at one with yourself, a bespoke health retreat can work wonders.

Give yourself a fresh start

However much you dislike your job, it can be extremely difficult to tear yourself away from it. But if you’re really committed to helping yourself in the long run, it is necessary. Trust me – the results you’ll enjoy will be well worth taking one or two days off.

Although spending an hour a week with your psychotherapist may help you gain perspective on your life and enable you to uncover the reasons behind your actions and attitudes, the effectiveness of this type of treatment is diminished somewhat by the fact that you are returning to your normal routine immediately after each session.

On the other hand, a bespoke health retreat will allow you to immerse yourself completely in a new space – one which is far more conducive to self development. This way, you will be able to cut yourself off completely from your normal life and focus on getting to where you want to be.

After spending a concentrated period of time focussing exclusively on yourself and benefitting from effective therapy healing, by the time you return to your normal routine, you will be perfectly positioned to make positive and lasting changes in your life.

If you’re dealing with depression, seeking treatment for abuse or having problems conquering other personal issues and would like to learn more about how a secluded health retreat can help, visit www.breakthrough-retreats.co.uk. There you’ll be able to claim your free copy of my new guide, “Unlocking your full potential: An introduction to the incredible impact of personal development retreats”, packed with information on everything from what a spiritual retreat looks like to who a bespoke health retreat can benefit most.