Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

Girl looking in mirror

This month, inspired by the recent BBC documentary ‘Ugly Me’, I’m exploring Body Dysmorphic Disorder.  Everyone involved in the filming of ‘Ugly Me’ was so courageous, and the programme gave a good insight into the condition and what can be done to help people overcome it. Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD for short), tends to be … Read more

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Neat objects

This month I’m exploring a problem I see a lot of in my clinical work – obsessive compulsive disorder (or OCD for short).  Despite the many Channel 4 documentaries on all things OCD, and the great work that various charities do to dispel the stigma around it, this still, in my opinion, remains one of … Read more

Stress

Stressed Man

Firstly, allow me to say a ‘Happy 1st Birthday’ to Forrest Rambles!  I’ve been writing this blog now for twelve months, and during that time we’ve explored a variety of topics, including what CBT is, depression, social anxiety, mindfulness and the power of love!  May 14th-20th is Mental Health Awareness Week, and the topic for … Read more

Phobias

Frightened Girl

Do you suffer from a phobia, or know someone who does? We’ve all heard of phobias but how much do we really know about them? The word ‘phobia’ comes from the Greek word for ‘fear’.  We all have things that we fear but for this to be classed as a phobia it needs to be … Read more

New Year … New You?!

2018

Welcome to the January edition of Forrest Rambles.  I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and that my tips in last month’s ramble helped to keep ‘festive stress’ to a minimum. I’m back to work feeling refreshed and ready for the challenges and exciting times which lay ahead – both personally and for Forrest … Read more

CBT Assessment

Therapy room

Asking for help can be very difficult, so I thought it would be helpful for this month’s Ramble to look at what happens once you’ve put your fears aside and made that first step forwards by booking your assessment appointment. Firstly, don’t be put off by the word ‘assessment’. Really, it is just a chance … Read more

Generalised Anxiety Disorder

Mr. Worry

“Poor Mr. Worry.  Whatever happened, he worried about it.  If it rained, he worried that his roof was going to leak.  If it didn’t rain, he worried that all the plants in his garden were going to die.  If he set off shopping, he worried that the shops will be shut when he got there.  … Read more

Panic!

Panic Cartoon

This month I’m exploring the problem known medically as ‘Panic Disorder’ where sufferers experience panic attacks seemingly out of the blue and live in constant dread of when the next attack with strike. Let’s start by clearing up what a panic attack actually is – you may remember me saying in the June Ramble on … Read more

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Face close up

Given the various tragic events we have experienced in the UK this year I thought it would be useful to explore the topic of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD for short). PTSD was first recognised during the First World War, when soldiers who survived fighting on the front line often returned home with what was then … Read more

Depression

Depressed man

This month I’m tackling the topic of depression.  Depression is often described as the ‘common cold’ of mental health problems and chances are you or someone you know has struggled with depression within the last year. One of my pet hates is people using the word ‘depression’ lightly – we all have bad days and … Read more