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How Therapy Rooms Can Help To Tackle Gaming Addiction

Many young people have – and will – continue to find plenty of time to invest in their favourite video games. In fact, some will even choose to make it a lifestyle choice and are able to play with anyone from around the world. Whether you’re in Birmingham or London, therapy rooms could prove to be an effective method of tackling gaming addiction.

The World Health Organization recognised gaming disorder for the first time as a mental health condition at the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, the BBC reports.

Dr Richard Graham, who is a lead technology addiction specialist at the Nightingale Hospital, commented: “It is significant because it creates the opportunity for more specialised services. It puts it on the map as something to take seriously.”

There is an important theme to Dr Graham’s remarks, especially in the way that gaming might not be taken seriously as an issue that relates to mental health. It’s easy to trivialise games as a boy’s hobby or something that only children play, but it has a far-reaching influence that most people would not give it credit for.

Case in point: the Daily Telegraph reported on how France forward Antoine Griezmann chose to celebrate his goal against Croatia in the World Cup final with the ‘Take the L’ dance from Epic Games’ popular Fortnite title.

No matter where you look, gaming’s influence continues to reach audiences across the world. Dr Graham added that while some people would disagree with it being labelled as a condition as it could “lead to confused parents whose children are just enthusiastic gamers”, it remains an important time to bring it to the forefront of conversations and help those who suffer from the addiction.

Money Issues ‘Can Lead To Mental Health Problems’

One in six people who have experienced money problems have had suicidal thoughts as a result of their financial worries, new research has found.

An online survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of charity Mental Health UK found that 25 per cent of those who had experienced money issues felt guilty, while 41 per cent felt embarrassed.

However, most worryingly 16 per cent of those questioned said that they’d experienced suicidal thoughts because of their problems with money. Part of the issue appears to be that people find it hard to talk about these kinds of problems, with 28 per cent admitting they hadn’t told anyone.

What’s more, 50 per cent of adults said that they wouldn’t know where to turn to for support with financial problems.

Among the feelings reported by those who had experienced financial difficulties in the past were stress, anxiety, anger, isolation and depression.

Managing director of Mental Health UK Brian Dow said that the charity wants to raise awareness of the link between money troubles and mental health issues, and to help people “recognise when they might be struggling, and be able to reach out for help when they need it”.

The research also found that 15 per cent of people with money worries drank more alcohol, while 13 per cent smoked more to help them deal with the pressure they’re under.

Mr Dow added that this “only makes the problem worse”, noting that not feeling able to talk about their financial concerns exacerbates the issue. Those who are feeling depressed, anxious or stressed may find visiting a therapist in therapy rooms in London could help them open up and start to face up to these problems.

A recent report from The Mental Health Foundation found that money, along with long-term health and work, were named as the top causes of stress in people’s lives.

Renowned Fashion Designer Dies In Apparent Suicide

Kate Spade, the acclaimed fashion designer behind Kate Spade New York, has died aged 55 in an apparent suicide, found by her housekeeper who arrived at her apartment on Park Avenue to find her unresponsive.

According to the BBC, a statement was released by the family that said how devastated they all are by the tragedy, going on to say: “We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly. We would ask that our privacy be respected as we grieve during this very difficult time.” A note had apparently been left by the designer, but its contents have not been discussed by police.

Whenever someone high profile is in the news for this kind of situation, it can really shine a light on what is a very difficult subject – but one that can affect everyone at any time of their lives. If you are feeling suicidal yourself, don’t bottle your emotions up and seek help from somewhere. Remember that you don’t have to deal with your feelings on your own and there are lots of places you can go for help.

There are numerous free helplines that can be used in an emergency but seeing a therapist regularly could also be particularly useful. You should also tell friends and family how you’re feeling as they will also be able to give you the support you need and help to keep you safe.

It might also be a good idea to come up with your own suicide safety plan, which your therapist will be able to help you with. Include information about when to use it, writing down the thoughts and warning signs that can result in you feeling suicidal – and write down steps you can take that will be both calming and comforting to you.

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Health, Work And Money Top Stressors

There are many things that can cause stress in our lives, with a recent report from the Mental Health Foundation highlighting the most common.

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 the organisation published its report Stress: Are We Coping? This survey found that in the past year, 74 per cent of UK adults said that they’d felt so stressed at some point in time they didn’t feel able to cope or were overwhelmed.

It also identified the main causes of stress in people’s lives, with long-term health conditions, work and money named as the main things that make people stressed.

Over one-third (36 per cent) of the adults who had admitted suffering from stress in the past year cited long-term health conditions that either they or a close friend or relative were suffering from as the cause of that stress.

Work was also identified as a major stressor, with one of the challenges finding a balance between work and home life. Meanwhile, not having enough money to meet basic needs was named as a contributing factor to stress by 22 per cent of those surveyed.

The report also offered recommendations on how to deal with stress, which include recognising it as a problem and understanding the causes, examining your lifestyle and seeing if there is a way to make more time for yourself, and being mindful.

A recent article in the Belfast Telegraph offered some advice on how to become more emotionally resilient and thereby cope better with stress. Top tips included letting go of the idea of perfection, finding balance and accepting yourself.

This can be easier said than done though, and you may want to seek help from a professional with therapy rooms in Central London to support you on your journey to better mental health.

More Support Needed To Prevent Student Suicides

The rate of suicide among students in the UK has reached a record high level, with a study by researchers at Hong Kong University’s Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention indicating that a growing number of students in the UK are finding it difficult to look after their mental health.

The Conversation reported that previous studies have shown that, in the last decade, there has been a five-fold increase in the number of students who are reporting mental health problems.

In addition, the news provider noted that other research has found that there has been a rise in the number of students dropping out of their university courses as a result of mental health problems.

With London one of the most popular cities in the UK for students both nationally and internationally, there could be a growing need for mental health professionals who have therapy rooms in Central London.

The news provider also stressed the importance of providing students with a range of support from different places – not all of it directly related to their mental health. Lecturers and support staff, for instance, can be an important point of contact for students who are struggling.

It isn’t only university students who are finding managing their mental health difficult. New research from the University of Glasgow recently revealed that one in nine young people in Scotland report attempting suicide, while one in six have reported self harm at some point in their lives.

What’s more, 22.8 per cent of young people revealed that they had thought about suicide at some point in their lives, even if they didn’t act on those feelings.

‘Never Say Never’ When It Comes To Anxiety

Keeping anxiety under control through self-management techniques can be one of the hardest, and most important things an anxiety patient can learn, and a common sense app could help reinforce the messages that keep individuals from losing their grip on their condition.

Mental health professionals looking for therapy rooms in central London for a safe space for their clients to help talk through their anxieties might benefit from the My Possible Self App, which has featured in Cosmopolitan.

One of the systems those behind the app recommend is remembering that the term ‘never’ is a trap. It is common to think that normal will never come, but this kind of black and white thinking can lead to more worry. Noticing these ‘never’ thoughts is the first way to start controlling them, the second way is to then consider how to look at a situation in shades of grey.

Discovering patterns to anxiety can be the key to unlocking tools for coping, especially if there are certain triggers like time of day, what has the patient been doing and who was the patient with. Just little things like knowing alcohol makes one’s anxiety worse, or that a bad night’s sleep can exacerbate anxiety can help.

Finally, it is important to talk – which is the first step for anybody living with anxiety.

Anxiety can be managed, the app states, but finding a technique that works to the individual takes time, and so it is important to talk these mechanisms through with a practitioner.