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What constitutes a good doctor? What makes someone healing? Research consistently shows that the personal attributes and style of the therapist are more important than the type of therapy they use to help people get better. Among the characteristics of these healers are empathy, genuineness, warmth and an ability to listen. But, there's more. What do patients give their doctor? This book looks at the influence a lifetime of patients has had on retired consultant psychiatrist Dr Tim Cantopher. It explores the profound, often moving, inter-relation between `healer' and `wounded', and examines how the two may overlap sometimes more than might be expected. Topics include: how to really listen and stay with a person's distress the meaning of the word `patient?' the need for resilience why honesty is a pre-requisite for recovery the doctor's expectations, and why they should be challenged the healing value of warm, supportive communication how to respond in a way which shows that they have heard and understood the issue which has been shared last but not least, the need for humour! Dr Tim Cantopher says: `So many of us, not just professional therapists, want to fix things. We also want to fix people, so when distress is shared with us, we want to deliver advice which will make things better. In fact, what is often needed is not solutions, but a sharing of the feelings, someone being there and tolerating the sadness without swatting it away with trite advice. Warm, supportive communication heals people.'
Insomnia is responsible for a great deal of lost productivity, accidents and suffering. Ironically, the more you try to sleep, the worse the situation becomes - so the key is to stop gritting your teeth and attempting to wrestle your wakefulness to the ground. In Beating Insomnia, Dr Tim Cantopher will help you to achieve a calm acceptance of your sleeplessness in the short term, so you can focus on solving the problem in the longer term. Firstly, you need to manage the stress or anxiety that might be underpinning your insomnia, and much of the book will show you how to do practical strategies using relaxation exercises and mindfulness. It will also help you to keep a sleep diary, to tackle specific problems which might be interfering with your sleep, and will give you advice on when - and when not - to consider medication to help you sleep. By working at the strategies in this book your insomnia will improve significantly and you will experience more peaceful nights.
Three out of four adults will feel overwhelmed by stress at some point in their lives - if not regularly. Although stress is a very subjective condition - some people thrive on a certain amount of it - one thing is certain: too much stress, if you feel unable to cope with it, can make you ill. Dr Tim Cantopher has diagnosed and helped hundreds of people with stress-related illnesses. He will help you to understand the causes of your stress (past and present), and to recognise the people who may be making it worse. This book offers treatments and strategies to manage the stress-related illnesses you may be suffering - whether physical or psychological - and gives you advice on getting, and staying, well. Written in the author's trademark style, blending simple but astonishingly astute insight with straightforward but astonishingly effective strategies, this book will put you back on the path to wellness as you embrace a gentler, kinder life.
YOU DON'T HAVE TO STRUGGLE WITH ANXIETY. WHETHER YOU DEVELOPED IT RECENTLY, OR YOU'VE BEEN LIVING WITH IT FOR YEARS, YOUR ANXIETY CAN BE TREATED. Expert psychiatrist and bestselling author Dr Tim Cantopher has helped hundreds of people just like you, and in Overcoming Anxiety Without Fighting It, he gives you tried and proven strategies for escaping the fear that stalks you. Discover a series of simple, manageable lifestyle skills and strategies that will make an immediate difference to your life, as well as practical suggestions for longer-term changes, including advice on how, when, and what sort of professional help to seek. At the heart of this warm, supportive and expert book are the author's decades of experience with people just like you, and with this experience comes a message of hope, and reassurance. Stick with the changes you are going to make, and seek the support you need, and your life will no longer be dominated by fear. 'I'm speaking to you now - if you are going to gain the relief from your symptoms which I hope for you, you'll need to promise me and yourself one thing from the start: that you'll try your hardest not to judge yourself and how well or badly you're doing at getting better.' - Dr Tim Cantopher
The last 10 years have seen an upturn in the number of people reporting difficulties with emotional and mental health issues, particularly anxiety and depression. And, it is often the strongest who struggle under the weight of all they have nobly tried to shoulder. Turn to the Bible, and this truth is played out in the lives of some of its greatest characters. King David led a nation - yet wrote some of the Bible's bleakest laments. Elijah worked outlandish public miracles - and later pleaded God to take his life. Dedicated, hardworking mother and woman of God Naomi acknowledged that she had become characterised by bitterness. And lifelong God follower Job found himself longing for a death that would not come. This book affirms that depressive illness can strike anyone - not least the capable, busy people with the `can-do' attitude of the title. This special bespoke edition for the Christian market takes a destigmatising, thoroughly informed approach to depression, with a foreword by Will Van Der Hart, whose own experience of ill mental health led to him founding Mind & Soul, the leading Christian mental health organisation.
A brilliant book about how we identify the often-charming people who only spread misery.' Jeremy Vine, BBC Radio 2 Highly Commended in the BMA Medical Book Awards 2018 Some people are so stressful, they can actually make us ill. Gameplayers, bullies, users and abusers - all pose a risk to our health and welfare if we don't take action. This book presents the tools we need to deal with the toxic people in our lives who drain our energy. It explains how to make healthy relationship choices, set proper boundaries and recognize the red flags that should alert us to avoid certain people. Topics include: toxic types and how to identify them dangerous people - aggressors, sadists and psychopaths understanding why others behave as they do toxic families toxic places, including where you work how to protect yourself choosing your friends carefully vital principles for coping with toxicity If you're surrounded by the takers of this world, read this book and gain the freedom to make your own choices and live your own life.
This book has helped many thousands of those who have depression. This new edition, written by a leading consultant psychiatrist, explains that depression tests the strongest of us. Dr Cantopher guides the reader through the nature of depression, its history, symptoms, causes and treatments. He covers the latest information on medications, new guidelines as to the management of depression, and stresses that no one should be to blame for succumbing to depression.
Alcohol causes more misery, illness and death than any other substance. Alcohol is one of the three biggest lifestyle risk factors for disease and death after smoking and obesity, and a causal factor in more than 60 medical conditions, including various cancers, cirrhosis depression. In the UK in 2012-13, there were 1,008,850 hospital admissions related to alcohol consumption. Dying for a Drink is a no-nonsense, lively and accessible guide to alcohol and alcoholism, by bestselling consultant psychiatrist Dr Tim Cantopher. This new edition updates the recommended units of alcohol, and tracks the rise in alcohol-related conditions - in particular liver disease, now the fifth most common cause of death in the UK. Topics include: * alcohol the drug * why people drink too much * the effects of past experience, family and personality * impact of alcohol abuse on the body and brain * cutting down on or doing without drink * sleep and relaxation * problem-solving, time-management, and dealing with worry * drug treatments * the disease concept and Alcoholics Anonymous
Insomnia is one of the major afflictions of the modern world, and is responsible for a great deal of lost productivity, accidents and suffering. About one in three of us report sleep problems. Insomnia has been linked to anxiety, major depression, cognitive disturbance, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and increased proneness to infections. However stress, which predisposes to these conditions, is also is a major cause of insomnia. This book, by a leading consultant psychiatrist, explains how you may sleep better. Topics include: * Does insomnia matter? * How sleep works * Why can't I sleep? * Specific problems which interfere with sleep * Using a sleep diary * Managing stress * Non-pharmacological treatments * Pills and potions * Dealing with specific causes of insomnia * I still can't sleep!
Depression is a physical illness caused by malfunction of the limbic system, the brain circuitry which controls many of the body's processes, such as sleeping-waking cycles, temperature control, eating patterns, hormones - and mood. Depression ensues when the limbic system becomes overloaded, such as during periods of prolonged stress. This book explains the workings behind depression, and how to tackle this debilitating condition. Topics include: * What may trigger a depressive episode * What to do when you get ill * Recovery * Staying well * Treatments * Some skills for problem areas - relaxation, problem-solving, sleep
Sheldon Short Guides let you grasp the essentials in less than an hour! Depression is a physical illness caused by malfunction of the limbic system, the brain circuitry which controls many of the body's processes, such as sleeping-waking cycles, temperature control, eating patterns, hormones - and mood. Depression ensues when the limbic system becomes overloaded, such as during periods of prolonged stress.
Surveys of stress-related illness suggest that more than 250,000 people in the UK are experiencing stress at a level that is making them ill. Stress can indeed lead to extensive psychological and physical suffering but one thing is clear: we do have choices. Stress will always be with us, and we will continue to suffer - unless we choose to change says Dr Cantopher. The good news is that this is possible - stress-related illness is avoidable, and if you change, you will attain happiness Topics covered include: Causes of stress; Manifestations of stress - physical illness; Psychological conditions, such as anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, phobic states and depression; Acute treatments; Longer term management; How to avoid stress and its ill effects; Lifestyle issues; We have a choice! This book offers not just facts, but a message of hope.