Don’t be SAD: 5 things you can do this autumn to beat winter depression

 

The railroad
The man goes on the railway in the cold winter

Seasonal affective disorder or SAD – my favourite of all the medical acronyms – is a common mental disorder characterised by a pervasive low mood, that recurs annually during the winter months in people living in the Northern hemisphere.  Continue reading “Don’t be SAD: 5 things you can do this autumn to beat winter depression”

Even prisoners think positive

Here is a man who has been in prison for years – I don’t know how long, or what for – but he is one of the most positive people I have ever met. He greets the staff warmly each morning, keeps himself busy with work, or making cups of tea for the guards, and he steers well clear of trouble.
You might think that a man in his position would be depressed; he his anything but. He has chosen not to be. All of us face hard times in our lives, some more than others, but ultimately we all have the choice of dwelling on the bad things (even if they can’t be changed) or to think positive and see any hardship as an opportunity. Most of us can be happy, just by telling ourselves that we are.

How to use cannabis: practical advice from a Muslim doctor

Lots of my patients smoke cannabis every day. In fact, I am no longer surprised when people tell me that they do. I have seen everyone from new-mums to grandfathers, labourers and lawyers who admit to using it. Some use it to relieve the symptoms of migraine and anxiety and others for chronic pain; some seemingly just smoke it for the enjoyment.

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