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Anhedonia. When everything is "Meh".

Anhedonia is a symptom of many problems where the brain simply doesn't allow pleasure to exist.
Often described as "An array of deficits in hedonic function" Anhedonia will even switch pleasure seeking off. Because there's no point in trying to do anything pleasurable because it doesn't make you feel any better anyway.

Disclosing Issues

Because mental health problems are invisible they aren't talked about in quite the same way as physical health problems. But there may be people in your life that need to talk about their mental health. You might need to talk too.
So how do we do that?
Matt Elswood

Bonus Episode: Matt Elswood

Matt Elswood is a Chief Pharmacist specialising in mental health pharmaceuticals at Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust.
As well as being an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham he's also a really nice guy with a lot of interesting things to share with us.

Challenging Your Beliefs

Emotions are not instructions. Feeling anxious doesn't mean that we need to run and hide.
Sometimes our emotions make mistakes and very often their instructions come from our beliefs.
Today I'd like to explore that a little.

Happiness In A Depressing World

When the oceans are filling with plastic, Australia is 100% fire and everyone seems to hate each other it's not easy to be the optimist and promote happiness.
So what can we do?
Goal Blocks

Episode 193: Gratitude

Many self help and personal development books (my own included) will talk about the importance of gratitude as a way of boosting happiness and wellbeing.
Today we explore it in a little more detail.
The Lost Letter

The Lost Letter - By Richard Nicholls

It had been 6 weeks since the funeral.
Long enough to get used to the idea that he was an orphan now. Dan had laughed a little when he first used that word, orphan.
How old do we have to be before we no longer describe ourselves as that? He thought to himself. But to him, Dan was an orphan. After all both his parents had died, first his Dad, although that was many years ago and now his Mum.
But, at 57 years old to describe yourself as an orphan seemed odd, hence…
Are New Years Resolutions a good idea or not?

Grandads Gift

I didn't believe him at first, I looked at him on the playground through squinted, suspicious eyes.
"There's no such thing as Santa Claus!" he'd said and laughed at me. Of course, if he was right then I'd been lied to through all of the 9 years of my life.
But I was a clever boy, and I could understand why, if it was true that there was no such thing as Father Christmas, all parents would collude with each other to create this magical present bringing character.
But I didn't want to hear it from the biggest idiot in the class on the last day of term…
Robin Ince

Bonus Episode: Robin Ince

It's another bonus guest episode and this time it's the turn of stand up comedian and author Robin Ince.
We talk about intrusive thoughts, stage fright and why we all need therapy.
Dean Burnett

Bonus Episode: Dean Burnett

Today's bonus episode is with neuroscientist, stand up comedian and author Dean Burnett.
We chat about toxic positivity, emotional processing, addiction and many other things besides.
Goal Blocks

Episode 192: Supporting Others With Depression

Everyone needs something different when they're going through mental health difficulties. But there are definitely a few Do's and Don'ts.
Matt Rudd

Bonus Episode: Matt Rudd

Matt Rudd is a senior writer at the Sunday Times, he's a published author of both fiction and non fiction.
His latest book Man Down: Why Men Are Unhappy and What We Can Do About It, is out now. I read it the day it came out and thought he had some great things to share with you and so I invited him onto the show for a chat.
Professor Sophie Scott CBE

Bonus Episode: Professor Sophie Scott

Continuing the trend of a bonus episode in the middle of the month. This month I chatted with Professor Sophie Scott CBE.
Sophie is a neuroscientist working at University College London. She's a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, has presented the Royal Institutions Christmas Lectures and has been on multiple TV and Radio programs over the years talking about the neuroscience of laughter.
I hope you enjoy what she has to say.
Conflict Avoidance

Episode 190: Conflict Avoidance

Avoiding conflict can influence the big things in life as well as the small things. It's why people split up over text rather than actually deal with a relationship problem face to face. And if you've ever had a huge sense of relief if you ring someone about a problem and their phone goes to voicemail, you'll know what I mean.
Dr Radha Modgil

Bonus Episode: Dr Radha Modgil

Recently I had the pleasure of chatting with the broadcaster and author Radha Modgil.
As well as being a familiar face and voice on various BBC TV and radio shows Radha is also a practising GP with a very special interest in emotional wellbeing.
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