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Mental health problems affecting young people, such as psychosis or depression, can be overwhelming enough, but I have always felt there is hope, if not of a 'cure' then at least of a good recovery. Alzheimer's disease (AD), by contrast, is a chronic, progressive, degenerative disease that affects an individual's memory, thinking, comprehension, judgement,… (More)
Guidelines for the treatment and management of depression in primary and secondary care have been available for more than a year. Yet anecdotal evidence suggests their implementation is patchy. Treatment should be tailored to the severity of the depression. Psychological treatments can be used alone or in combination with antidepressants, depending on the… (More)
The theories of neuro-linguistic programming are becoming more popular in shaping the approaches of nurses to counselling. The use of one facet of these theories, primary representational systems, is explored here. Examining the case of an imaginary patient, the author shows how the primary representational systems of patients and health workers can create… (More)
The community mental health team where i worked as a community psychiatric nurse (cpn) a few years ago had a referral from a gp for a woman in her thirties with anxiety and depression. when i went to assess this patient i discovered that she was the daughter of a previous patient of mine - her mother having had chronic schizophrenia. nina, the new patient,… (More)