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Low mood and depression – what’s the difference?
Depression
5 Mins
March 14, 2022

The terms ‘low mood’ and ‘depression’ are sometimes used interchangeably. While depression is a form of low mood, the two do have slightly different symptoms, and might need treating in a different way.

Sleep
6 Mins
March 7, 2022

Have you ever woken after a good night’s sleep with a fresh perspective on a problem or tough decision? The impact quality sleep can have on our mental health is being highlighted on World Sleep Day (18 March 2022).

Physical signs of anxiety: what does it feel like?
Anxiety
4 Mins
February 28, 2022

Racing or pounding heart, breathlessness, shaky legs, fluttery stomach, light-headedness…these are all symptoms we might experience if we have anxiety.

Do you still have 'pandemic brain'?
COVID-19
6 Mins
February 21, 2022

Following the pandemic, some people experienced a ‘brain fog' where they found it hard to concentrate and think straight. If you're still feeling tired, unmotivated, distracted, or just a bit fuzzy you're not alone.

Anxiety around coming out as LGBTQ+
Anxiety
5 Mins
February 14, 2022

Coming out is often portrayed as a largely positive experience and, for many, it will be - but that doesn't mean you won't feel anxious about taking the step.

Coming to terms with a sexual assault
Awareness Days
7 Mins
February 7, 2022

Survivors may find themselves thinking more about their own trauma as a result of the recent increase in media attention to sexual assault. CBT can help with processing your experience, thoughts and feelings.

Online CBT

Online CBT
4 Mins
June 30, 2022

CBT is designed to equip you to become your own therapist once you’ve finished treatment, continuing with what you’ve learned for the rest of your life. Preparing properly for this is a vital part of the process.

What happens after my CBT sessions finish?
Online CBT
4 Mins
January 24, 2022

CBT is a highly collaborative treatment, which makes the relationship you have with your therapist really important. But as with any human relationship, things don’t always go smoothly.

Help – I’m not getting on with my therapist
Online CBT
6 Mins
December 20, 2021

Receiving a diagnosis you don’t want, whether it’s physical or psychological, is likely to make you fearful. The uncertainty means your mind will probably play out numerous possible scenarios and ‘what ifs’.

Dealing with a difficult diagnosis
Online CBT
6 Mins
November 8, 2021

If you’ve ever had CBT, you’ve experienced the life-changing work of Dr Aaron Beck, who has died at the age of 100.

The legacy of Dr Aaron Beck – the ‘father of CBT’
Online CBT
5 Mins
October 18, 2021

Research shows that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can work well for people with learning disabilities. Online CBT, where you type conversations with your therapist, lets you take treatment at your own pace.

CBT for people with learning disabilities
Online CBT
6 Mins
September 27, 2021

We often find there are things people hear or believe about CBT that don’t reflect reality such as 'I will be better after one session'. Here are some of the most common assumptions we come across – and the facts.

9 assumptions about CBT
Online CBT
6 Mins
August 31, 2021

Did you know that CBT is recommended by the NHS and NICE as a way of helping to manage chronic pain? We explain how it works.

Using CBT to manage pain
Online CBT
5 Mins
August 2, 2021

Trying to explain intrusive thoughts is a bit like trying to explain daydreams or our imaginations. Why do we have these intrusive thoughts? What we can do about them if they need to be addressed?

Those ‘intrusive thoughts’ – and what to do about them
Online CBT
5 Mins
July 5, 2021

Giving people a choice of ways they can access mental health treatment is important. That’s why since April 2021 we’ve been offering video CBT alongside typed therapy in some areas of the UK.

Expanding choice with video therapy
Online CBT
6 Mins
May 16, 2021

If you've experienced a sexual assault, and the impact of the incident is stopping you from going about the world feeling happy, confident and safe, it’s well worth seeking help.

How CBT can help after a sexual assault

Anxiety, worry and stress

Anxiety
5 Mins
June 27, 2022

A ‘trigger’ is something that sets off an emotional response of some kind in the body. Understanding why this response happens can help us to make sense of and manage what's happening.

Understanding triggers
Stress
5 mins
May 30, 2022

When you experience strong feelings such as stress or anxiety, do you find yourself binge eating, grazing constantly during the day or restricting what you eat? If so, then you could be an ‘emotional’ eater.

Emotional eating
Anxiety
3 Mins
March 28, 2022

The Cambridge Dictionary defines ‘confidence’ as “the quality of being certain of your abilities”. The good news is that it’s possible to learn and build confidence, much like we can with a skill like communication.

7 tips for feeling more confident
Anxiety
4 Mins
February 28, 2022

Racing or pounding heart, breathlessness, shaky legs, fluttery stomach, light-headedness…these are all symptoms we might experience if we have anxiety.

Physical signs of anxiety: what does it feel like?
Anxiety
5 Mins
February 14, 2022

Coming out is often portrayed as a largely positive experience and, for many, it will be - but that doesn't mean you won't feel anxious about taking the step.

Anxiety around coming out as LGBTQ+
Stress
6 Mins
November 29, 2021

Expectations around this Christmas are high - which can lead us to feel under pressure to make everything perfect. Now's a good time to stop, take stock, and plan to make it enjoyable and relaxing for everyone.

Feeling under pressure to have the ‘perfect Christmas’?
Anxiety
7 Mins
October 25, 2021

Feeling anxious about using public transport can be a problem if it’s something you need or want to do. Here are some ideas that might help reduce your fears, including some CBT techniques.

Handling anxiety on public transport
Anxiety
6 Mins
August 9, 2021

Have you ever suddenly jolted awake in the middle of the night with your heart pounding? Or do you wake in the morning feeling a sense of dread, or immediately overwhelmed by stress?

Waking up with anxiety
Anxiety
5 Mins
May 31, 2021

People with health anxiety may find it has intensified recently, as the UK gradually emerges from lockdown. It’s hardly surprising if we’re more focused on our health right now.

Managing health anxiety as we come out of lockdown
Anxiety
5 Mins
March 15, 2021

Have you ever Googled physical symptoms to find out what they are? Symptoms like racing heart and breathlessness can sometimes have a psychological cause.

Why am I getting these symptoms…?

Depression

Depression
4 Mins
June 20, 2022

Watching someone you love suffer from depression is upsetting; their pain can sometimes become your pain. The first step is to recognise the symptoms of depression and understand how it can be treated.

Supporting someone with depression
Depression
6 Mins
April 18, 2022

Many of us will have had thoughts like "I can’t take this any more", or "It would be better if I wasn’t here". Sometimes these thoughts pop into our minds, without warning.

Intrusive thoughts about suicide
Depression
5 Mins
March 14, 2022

The terms ‘low mood’ and ‘depression’ are sometimes used interchangeably. While depression is a form of low mood, the two do have slightly different symptoms, and might need treating in a different way.

Low mood and depression – what’s the difference?
Depression
4 Mins
September 6, 2021

We all know about the special bond that exists between humans and their pets. People can lose pets for a number of reasons – not only due to them dying. Find out some ways to

How to cope with losing a pet
Depression
6 Mins
July 12, 2021

Going through a break-up can be difficult in a number of ways, and it's normal to feel a range of emotions, from grief to anger. There are some CBT principles and tools that might be useful...

Coping with a break-up
Depression
7 Mins
March 22, 2021

Many of us have thoughts we find worrying, confusing and even distressing. In this blog, we explore the three main types of ‘troubling’ thought people have, what’s behind them, and how we can manage them.

Why am I having these thoughts?
Depression
7 Mins
January 11, 2021

Anyone can feel lonely - and this year we could find ourselves particularly susceptible. While we can't change the rules of lockdown, there are steps we can take to manage any feelings of isolation.

Overcoming feelings of loneliness
Depression
6 Mins
November 11, 2019

Many of us get a touch of the blues when autumn starts to turn into winter. We might feel like hibernating when the clocks change, or the colder and wetter weather could cause our mood to drop.

SAD: How to deal with seasonal affective disorder
Depression
7 Mins
October 1, 2019

Intrusive thoughts are unwanted thoughts that can pop into our heads without warning, at any time, and can often be disturbing or even distressing.

What are intrusive thoughts?
Depression
4 Mins
August 15, 2019

Understand how to support a friend or family member with depression, spotting the signs and showing that you are there for them.

How to help someone with depression

Sleep

Sleep
6 Mins
March 7, 2022

Have you ever woken after a good night’s sleep with a fresh perspective on a problem or tough decision? The impact quality sleep can have on our mental health is being highlighted on World Sleep Day (18 March 2022).

Sleep
5 Mins
March 13, 2020

We spend up to a third of our lives asleep! It’s really important for both our physical and psychological health, but we often don’t prioritise it as highly as we should.

10 tips for a better night's sleep
Sleep
5 Mins
February 24, 2020

We all have restless nights now and again. Things like stress, the temperature in our bedroom and something we’ve eaten or drunk can all have an effect on how well we sleep.

Sleep and mental health

COVID-19

COVID-19
6 Mins
February 21, 2022

Following the pandemic, some people experienced a ‘brain fog' where they found it hard to concentrate and think straight. If you're still feeling tired, unmotivated, distracted, or just a bit fuzzy you're not alone.

Do you still have 'pandemic brain'?
COVID-19
6 Mins
January 10, 2022

The pandemic has put us under strain for two years now. Always wondering what's around the corner and trying to keep up with the latest information and rules, have created conditions where stress can really thrive.

Struggling with ‘pandemic stress’?
COVID-19
5 Mins
December 13, 2021

The continuing unpredictability around Covid might cause some people to feel anxious, on edge, or down. While none of us can control what happens, we can control how we respond, and also build our resilience.

Coping with continued uncertainty
COVID-19
5 Mins
June 28, 2021

The prospect of returning to work after furlough or remote working is likely to prompt different thoughts and feelings. We have some tips for getting into the right mindset.

Getting back into the swing of things at work
COVID-19
6 Mins
June 21, 2021

As we go back out into the world again, we'll all be at different stages of readiness in our minds. Tuning into how we - and others - are thinking and feeling will help us navigate life following the vaccine.

Getting used to 'life after the vaccine'
COVID-19
7 Mins
May 3, 2021

The prospect of lockdown easing will be making many of us feel a bit uncertain and nervous about going out again and mixing with others.

Leaving lockdown
COVID-19
8 Mins
March 22, 2021

ieso's Clinical Partnership Manager, Emily Marshall outlines five things to consider about lockdown lifting and coping mechanisms if you feel anxious about the new pressures that come with this.

Anxious about lockdown lifting? 5 tips to consider and cope with anxiety
COVID-19
6 Mins
March 8, 2021

We’ve all had plans go astray in the last year. While none of us can control everything that affects the plans we make, we can control how we respond - and we can also work on building our resilience.

Dealing with disrupted plans
COVID-19
7 Mins
January 24, 2021

If you have a phobia of needles, the thought of being called for your coronavirus ‘jab’ might be making you a bit apprehensive. In this blog we share some techniques to help you manage your anxiety.

Preparing for ‘a jab’ if you don’t like needles
COVID-19
7 Mins
January 18, 2021

For people with OCD, the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic may have made their symptoms worse, or caused them to return. It could also have triggered OCD symptoms in people who haven’t had them before.

Living through a pandemic when you have OCD

OCD and long term health conditions

Long Term Health Conditions
7 Mins
May 23, 2022

In this blog, we share a few ideas and CBT-based techniques that might help if you’re struggling with the impacts of your condition.

Using CBT to manage the impact of diabetes
Long Term Health Conditions
4 Mins
June 9, 2021

People who’ve been diagnosed with diabetes can find it affects them in different ways. Here are a few ideas and CBT-based techniques that might help if you’re struggling with the physical impacts of your condition.

Using CBT to cope with the physical impact of diabetes
Long Term Health Conditions
5 Mins
June 7, 2021

Having diabetes can affect people both physically and psychologically. In this blog we share a few ideas and CBT-based techniques to help with managing the effect diabetes might be having on your mental health.

The psychological impact of diabetes
Long Term Health Conditions
6 Mins
April 26, 2021

Being diagnosed with a long-term medical condition can have a significant psychological impact. In this blog, cognitive behavioural psychotherapist Daniella Doon-Joseph looks at how CBT can help.

Managing long-term conditions: asthma and arthritis
OCD
6 Mins
March 29, 2021

Misconceptions about OCD are common - especially the one that it's all about being neat and clean! If we delve into the condition, however, we find there’s much more going on.

Demystifying OCD
Long Term Health Conditions
6 Mins
January 25, 2021

Being told by your doctor that you have diabetes can come as a shock. It might be hard to come to terms with the diagnosis, and what it means for you. Everyone will react to the news differently...

Moving on from a diabetes diagnosis

Awareness days, students and workplace

Awareness Days
4 Mins
June 13, 2022

Father’s Day can shine a light on painful emotions or memories that we’re able to handle the rest of the time. If you're likely to find the day hard, here are some tips for making it through.

Taking care of yourself when Father’s Day is tough
Students
6 Mins
May 16, 2022

Imposter syndrome is the feeling of not being ‘good enough' to do your job, and it’s only a matter of time before people notice! Here are some ideas for managing anxieties, doubts and negative thoughts...

Starting work after uni: do you have imposter syndrome?
Awareness Days
7 Mins
May 9, 2022

Feelings of loneliness affect millions of people in the UK, and can contribute to poor mental health. Research from the Mental Health Foundation has found...

Students
6 Mins
May 2, 2022

After a weird couple of years, it might be hard to remember what a 'normal exam feels like. Here are some ideas to help you manage any feelings of stress or worry, and get ready to tackle the challenge ahead.

Dealing with the stress of exams
Awareness Days
6 Mins
April 11, 2022

This year’s National Stress Awareness Month is focused on the theme of ‘Community’, highlighting the importance of supportive relationships. Here are some ways we can support someone who's affected by stress.

Supporting someone who’s feeling stressed
Awareness Days
6 Mins
April 7, 2022

The theme of this year's World Health Day (7 April) is Our planet, our health. The importance of the relationship between our environment and our mental health is well-recognised. Here are some ways to support it...

Awareness Days
5 Mins
March 21, 2022

Mother’s Day can be a joyful occasion, but for some of us it tends to be more poignant, stressful or sad. So how can you get through the day? First of all, don’t let your emotions take you by surprise.

When things are difficult on Mother’s Day
Awareness Days
7 Mins
February 7, 2022

Survivors may find themselves thinking more about their own trauma as a result of the recent increase in media attention to sexual assault. CBT can help with processing your experience, thoughts and feelings.

Coming to terms with a sexual assault
Awareness Days
6 Mins
January 31, 2022

On Time to Talk day, we're encouraged to talk openly about mental health. Look at why it's important to share what's on our minds, how to approach someone when you need to talk, and how to be a good listener.

Awareness Days
5 Mins
January 17, 2022

As soon as the Christmas decorations come down, the media starts warning us about Blue Monday. Feeling blue is not inevitable! You can take action to protect yourself against things that might trigger a low mood.

The myth of ‘Blue Monday’

PTSD

COVID-19
6 Mins
February 21, 2022

Following the pandemic, some people experienced a ‘brain fog' where they found it hard to concentrate and think straight. If you're still feeling tired, unmotivated, distracted, or just a bit fuzzy you're not alone.

Do you still have 'pandemic brain'?
COVID-19
6 Mins
January 10, 2022

The pandemic has put us under strain for two years now. Always wondering what's around the corner and trying to keep up with the latest information and rules, have created conditions where stress can really thrive.

Struggling with ‘pandemic stress’?
COVID-19
5 Mins
December 13, 2021

The continuing unpredictability around Covid might cause some people to feel anxious, on edge, or down. While none of us can control what happens, we can control how we respond, and also build our resilience.

Coping with continued uncertainty
COVID-19
5 Mins
June 28, 2021

The prospect of returning to work after furlough or remote working is likely to prompt different thoughts and feelings. We have some tips for getting into the right mindset.

Getting back into the swing of things at work
COVID-19
6 Mins
June 21, 2021

As we go back out into the world again, we'll all be at different stages of readiness in our minds. Tuning into how we - and others - are thinking and feeling will help us navigate life following the vaccine.

Getting used to 'life after the vaccine'
COVID-19
7 Mins
May 3, 2021

The prospect of lockdown easing will be making many of us feel a bit uncertain and nervous about going out again and mixing with others.

Leaving lockdown
COVID-19
8 Mins
March 22, 2021

ieso's Clinical Partnership Manager, Emily Marshall outlines five things to consider about lockdown lifting and coping mechanisms if you feel anxious about the new pressures that come with this.

Anxious about lockdown lifting? 5 tips to consider and cope with anxiety
COVID-19
6 Mins
March 8, 2021

We’ve all had plans go astray in the last year. While none of us can control everything that affects the plans we make, we can control how we respond - and we can also work on building our resilience.

Dealing with disrupted plans
COVID-19
7 Mins
January 24, 2021

If you have a phobia of needles, the thought of being called for your coronavirus ‘jab’ might be making you a bit apprehensive. In this blog we share some techniques to help you manage your anxiety.

Preparing for ‘a jab’ if you don’t like needles
COVID-19
7 Mins
January 18, 2021

For people with OCD, the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic may have made their symptoms worse, or caused them to return. It could also have triggered OCD symptoms in people who haven’t had them before.

Living through a pandemic when you have OCD
In a health emergency
Call Samaritans on 116 123 if you need to talk to someone
Call 111 if you’re experiencing a mental health crisis
Call 999 or go to A&E if your life is at immediate risk
Call 116 123 If you need to talk to someone
Call 111 if you are experiencing a mental health crisis
Call 999 or go to a&e if your life is at immediate risk