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Low Self-Esteem

Self Esteem and Confidence allow us to feel good about ourselves, be in control of our lives as well as being realistic in our views of ourselves. Confidence allows us to accept ourselves as we are and to continue to feel positive about ourselves even when our expectations are not met. We value ourselves and when our self-esteem is healthy we are more likely to cope with life's' problems and trust in our own ability. When we  suffer from low self-esteem, we are more likely to loose faith in ourselves, feel fearful, depend on other people's approval and expect negative...

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Miscarriage

The loss of an unborn baby can be devastating. For the parents who were anticipating a healthy baby at the end of a nine month period, the shock and loss of the abrupt end of a pregnancy can lead to feelings of grief and bereavement. When a miscarriage of stillbirth happens, it may seem quite natural to look for a reason why this happened. Could you have done anything to prevent it? When grief affects us, we try to understand what is going on, maybe blame someone else, when the pain is too much to bear. A period of grieving is quite natural and healthy after a loss. Talking about your...

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Abortion/Termination

When an unplanned pregnancy is discovered, it can be very confusing and frightening. What should one do? There may be many reasons why bringing a baby into the world right now would not be a welcome addition. Deciding on termination is very different for everyone. For some the decision is straight forward, a decision is made. For others the decision is more complex. There may be health risks, both mental and physical; there may be financial or family considerations. When considering a termination there is a time factor to take into account, which can add to the pressure of the...

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OCD, as it is sometimes called, is a repetitive obsessive disorder. These can be feelings, thoughts or behaviours that can be brought on by anxiety. As the anxiety heightens, so the obsessions become more pronounced. Avoidance techniques are often used when not wanting to confront the obsession, thus empowering the obsession into a greater fear. We all have negative and unpleasant thoughts from time to time, for most these thoughts fade away and other thoughts take thier place. People with OCD feel they cannot stop these negative thoughts, and they magnify in ones mind. Obsessions...

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Anxiety

Most people will experience a level of anxiety from time to time. These feelings can be brought on by fear when the outcome is unknown. Most feelings of anxiety will disappear when the event is over and you can continue with your life. Prolonged and repetitive feelings of anxiety are not natural behaviour. Anxiety can coexist with hot or cold sweats, feeling shaky and dizzy, and palpitations. All these symptoms are brought on by your thoughts of panic and anxiety. For many these fears seem very real, and can be disabling, which can dominates your life. Some examples of fears:- Health...

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