Why switching off can be hard – even when you’re feeling burnt out at work

It’s now exactly 30 years since classic 80s movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off gave us the immortal line, “Life moves pretty fast – if you don’t stop and look around for a while, you could miss it” – but it seems few of us, even now, are paying any attention.

Although statistics show that, on […]

Online porn addiction: How to tell shame from compulsion

The prevalence of online pornography and our increasing reliance on the internet for everyday tasks, entertainment and communication is creating a growing issue around the harmful effect that porn can have on users’ lives.

But mental health professionals have started to draw a distinction between people seeking help because their issues arise from addiction and […]

Using behaviour to break the spiral of depression

We talk a lot in this blog about the cyclical nature of depression and anxiety – how the way you feel controls the way you act, and the way you act then controls the way you feel.

This cycle can easily spiral downwards when it comes to mental health because our emotions are intrinsically linked […]

Dr Ingo Lambrecht joins The Nutters Club

Dr Ingo Lambrecht is the latest member of Robert St Clinic’s community to take to the “nutcracker” seat on Newstalk ZB’s Sunday night Nutters Club programme.

The show is hosted by “head nut” Mike King alongside Robert St Clinic co-director Kyle Macdonald and has spawned a successful show on Maori TV as well as a […]

Who’s most at-risk of anxiety disorders?

According to new research you’re more at risk of suffering with anxiety if you are a woman and if you’re under 35.

The UK review, which analysed more than 1200 studies from around the world and concentrated on 48 primary pieces of research, also looked at the global distribution of anxiety disorders and discovered that […]

The importance of telling the difference between guilt and shame

Two of our strongest and potentially most crippling emotions are also two of our most easily confused emotions: guilt and shame.

The issue at play here, though, is more important that simply discovering the dictionary definitions of two words because the causes and effects of – and responses to – guilt and shame are markedly […]

Is the use of antidepressants really rising dramatically?

The increased use of antidepressants over the past two decades has usually been seen as a pointer towards higher rates of depression or an over-diagnosis of depression.

In the US, especially, figures reveal that more than one in 10 teens and adults use antidepressants and prescriptions had quadrupled between 1988-1994 and 2005-2008.

But researchers in Canada […]

Why we must talk to our kids sensibly about sex

There’s little as likely to start a good row among adults or a good cringe among children than talking about sex education.

But with the United Nations and World Health Organisation agreeing that young people have the right to learn about sexuality to help provide them the tools to prevent coercion, unintended pregnancy and sexually […]

How learning social skills and tackling social anxiety can help you become a physically healthier person

We’re well-acquainted with the idea of “blues” referring to depression and poor mental health – but the world’s “blue zones” are characterized by longevity and healthy, beneficial lifestyles.

The term was coined by author Dan Buettner after research revealed five hotspots around the globe where people tended to live demonstrably longer lives: Okinawa in Japan, […]

Why you’re better off learning about procrastination sooner rather than later

Getting started on projects can be hard for some people – equally, many of us like to put off deadlines until the last moment.

But for the real procrastinators amongst us, that habitual delay is both a symptom and a cause of serious life-affecting anxiety.

It’s a relatively simple cycle:

You’re anxious about a task so you […]