The Fifty Minute Hour

Thoughts on therapy and life

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What Homeland Can Teach Us About Mental Health in the Workplace – Project Eve

I’ve been writing about Homeland again – note to self, must get out more.


What Homeland Can Teach Us About Mental Health in the Workplace – Project Eve.


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Latest IAPT Forecasts

iapt-greenIf you’ve read any of my other posts, you’ll have noticed that I have a passing interest in all things IAPT.

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (to give it its full name) is a government programme set up to treat the 6.1M  people estimated to be suffering from depression and/or anxiety in England.

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Lance in the stocks

Confesses to Oprah

Confesses to Oprah

So, we finally got to hear from Lance Armstrong’s own lips that he was a systematic cheat who doped his way to victory.  It can’t come as a surprise to anyone so what did he hope to get from this interview? Redemption? Forgiveness? A return to his lucrative sponsorship deals or to regain his position as a very real beacon of hope in the eyes of those he inspired? Continue reading

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Overeating is more than just a weight issue

Insightful piece by a GP, refusing to see overeating as simplistically a weight issue.

A Better NHS

“I don’t think I can go ahead with this, I’m so sorry, after everything you’ve done for me doctor”

Trisha pulled some tissues out of the box I keep on my desk for soaking up my patients’ tears.

“I feel like I’ve let you down”

For the last few weeks her panic attacks had been disabling. In the middle of the night she would wake up, soaked in sweat, a lump in her throat, barely able to breathe, her heart pounding. The same symptoms overwhelmed her almost every time she went out and so her 12-year-old grand-daughter was having to collect her shopping or escort her to appointments. She sat in the waiting room while I handed tissues to Trisha.

I asked if she had ever felt like this before.

“Oh yes, a few times, the worst was when I had my teeth wired together”

Trisha had only been my…

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