“Neurological insights into how the brain processes stress, and how it can develop into depression, have led to new interventions”
This article by Dean Burnett has been published in The Guardian: It begins:
“It’s a damp, midweek afternoon. Even so, Cardiff’s walk-in stress management course has pulled in more than 50 people. There are teenagers, white-haired older people with walking aids, people from Caucasian, Asian and Middle Eastern backgrounds. There is at least one pair who look like a parent and child – I’m unsure who is there to support whom.
The course instructor makes it clear that she is not going to ask people to speak out about their own stress levels in this first class: ‘We know speaking in public is stressful in itself.’ She tells us a bit about previous attendees: a police officer whose inexplicable and constant worrying prevented him from functioning; a retired 71-year-old unable to shake the incomprehensible but constant fatigue and sadness that blighted his life; a single mother unable to attend her daughter’s school concert, despite the disappointment it would cause.
What is the common theme that links these people – and the varied group sitting there this afternoon and listening?
Stress may once just have been a kind of executive trophy – ‘I’m so stressed!’ – but recent research suggests it is a key element in developing mental health problems such as depression and anxiety …”
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