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Feb 22, 2019

Why We Don’t Achieve Our Goals

Written by Dr. Caroline Leaf

We all have those resolutions or goals that, whether we like to admit it or not, have fallen by the wayside. Goal-setting and achieving can be hard, especially when there are so many demands on our time. So why do we fail to achieve our goals?

Feb 06, 2019

Why Failure is One of the Best Things to Happen to Us

Written by Dr. Caroline Leaf

Failure, as much as we hate to admit it, is part of life. But failure, like Winston Churchill said, does not have to be fatal. In fact, the way we perceive our failures can actually help us succeed in life!

Jan 30, 2019

The Loneliness Epidemic

Written by Dr. Caroline Leaf

Did you know that loneliness is one of the leading causes of death in our world today?

Jan 16, 2019

The Happiness Myth

Written by Dr. Caroline Leaf

Scrolling through Instagram, it is easy to believe that happiness is what we are all searching for, a “happiness” that usually consists of us smiling in front of commodities like money, cars or even likes on a picture. Marketing adds for new products almost always mention “happiness” as an end goal, whether we are watching an advertisement for a new soda, new holiday or a new drug. Smiling, happy people stare at us from billboards as we drive to work or walk around our neighborhood—there is no escaping them. Life is all about happiness…right? WRONG.

Jan 09, 2019

The Four Barriers to Overcoming Mental Ill-Health and How to Fix Them

Written by Dr. Caroline Leaf

Everyone seems to be talking about mental health these days, and what we should do about it. Many of us have personal experience, whether our own or that of a loved one, of mental distress—we are human, after all. No one said that life would always be smooth and happy.

Yet mental ill-health does not have to take over our lives. Our minds are incredibly powerful—we can change the way we think, and how we live our lives, by changing our thinking.

But how? What are some of the main barriers to overcoming mental ill-health? And how can we fix them?

Dec 31, 2018

Why Mental Health Labels are Dangerous

Written by Dr. Caroline Leaf

We live in a society that is constantly trying to confine people to a box, a neat category that can be described and put in place. Unfortunately, if you don’t define your own identity, the world will try define it for you.

I wrote the Perfect You to counter one of the most damaging aspects of the current mental health system when it comes to our identity: labelling.

Dec 19, 2018

The Chemical Imbalance Myth

Written by Dr. Caroline Leaf

Today it has become commonplace to say that some people have chemical imbalances in their brain, most notably a disruption in the proper production of dopamine for “diseases” like ADHD and serotonin for “diseases” like depression. These people, it is argued, need drugs to “cure” these chemical imbalances, hence the terms “antipsychotics” or “antidepressants”.

But are chemical imbalances real? What is the relationship between chemical imbalances and mental ill-health?

Dec 12, 2018

How to Help People With Eating Disorders

Written by Dr. Caroline Leaf

We all know that eating disorders can be incredibly dangerous. They have an estimated death rate of up to twelve times higher than all other causes of death combined for females between the ages of fifteen and twenty-four, while recent statistics from NEDA (the National Eating Disorders Association) reveal that ‘anorexia is the third most common chronic disease among young people, after asthma and type 1 diabetes.’

But what exactlly are eating disorders? How can we help someone with an eating disorder?

Dec 03, 2018

Is Narcissism a Disorder?

Written by Dr. Caroline Leaf

There are many kinds people in the world, and some of them are more difficult to relate to than others. But what happens if someone in your life comes across as a narcissist? What is at the root of this negative behavior?

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