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(The Care Guy)
» Listings for February 2012
Posted on 7:59am Friday 24th Feb 2012
If anxiety is a call to action that is there to help us solve a problem (how to be safe) depression is the opposite.
Posted on 7:51am Friday 17th Feb 2012
We have established already that anxiety is essentially a physical state with physical symptoms known as ‘arousal’. That’s what we call the symptoms of racing heart, rapid and shallow breathing, muscle tension, sweating, trembling and churning stomach. But there’s more to anxiety than just physical stuff. There are psychological symptoms and characteristics of anxiety too. That’s what today’s episode is all about.
Posted on 8:54pm Monday 13th Feb 2012
There's a bit of a lull in the diary at present. We're approaching the end of the financial year and, as always training work is a little quiet right now. This happens every year at about this time.
That may be a problem for training providers like The Care Guy but it's a golden opportunity for care providers themselves. This is the time of year to grab a bargain.
Posted on 7:33am Monday 13th Feb 2012
The Mental Capacity Act does not allow us to intervene in every decision. Knowing when we can and cannot get involved may seem complicated but it doesn't need to be. There are essentially three types of decision-making situations. Knowing how to tell the difference between them is the key.
Posted on 8:00am Friday 10th Feb 2012
The Mental Health Workers’ Guide part 5: Anxiety (1)
You can view all the movies accompanying this series at 'The Guide'
No matter who we are, what religion we follow or what culture we belong to we all have at least one thing in common. All of our ancestors, from the earliest single-celled life forms right through to our own parents survived. I’m not suggesting that nobody ever dies but it is an inescapable fact that all of our forebears, human or otherwise managed to remain alive long enough to breed.
Posted on 4:43pm Thursday 9th Feb 2012
All UK citizens have the same basic civil rights. These are legal entitlements. This is why nobody can prevent you from leaving your home when you want to. These legal rights do not change without good reason.
Posted on 6:30pm Wednesday 8th Feb 2012
The team decision does not exist. Instead what we see is discussion and co-operation between professionals but each individual is responsible for their own decision to take action (or not).
Posted on 3:34pm Saturday 4th Feb 2012
One of my enduring influences has been the work of Felicity Stockwell. This grand old lady of nursing is both charming and self-deprecating in spite of her obvious ability. When I was still relatively newly qualified she had both the courtesy and the patience to spend time (over more cups of tea than is quite decent) explaining to me her understanding of bonding, social grouping, evolution and psychopathology. Her insights into the human condition have stayed with me ever since.
This morning I spoke with Felicity by telephone and she has agreed to let me serialise her work on bonding here. I've taken her work (without edit) and scheduled it for publication on The Care Guy blog in 10 weekly parts from early April to Late May 2012.
However, if you don't want to wait you can visit Felicity's own website and dowload it all yourself.