Siblings to be adopted as parents struggle

January 4, 2018 2 comments

family life

Three children of parents struggling with stress and depression should be adopted, a Family Court Judge has ruled. In A Local Authority v G the couple’s two daughters were aged 12 and three, while their younger brother was 19 months. The father of the oldest daughter died when she was just three. Her mother later…

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Mothers and siblings ‘as significant as spouses’

September 26, 2017 0 comments

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An adult’s mother and siblings can be just as important to their mental health as the relationship they have with a spouse. Researchers from Iowa State University have suggested that mid-life depression may be the result of tension with these members of the family. The team gathered data from 495 adults from 254 families, asking…

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A quarter of teen girls say they’re depressed

September 21, 2017 1 comment

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Depression is more common amongst teenagers than previously suspected according to new research. A team at University College London analysed data relating to over 10,000 children, examining typical emotional issues across childhood. They found little difference between boys and girls up the age of 11 but then the sexes begin to divide. By the age…

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Fathers ‘can help offset postnatal depression’

May 16, 2017 0 comments

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The presence of an involved father in a child’s life can offset the the negative influence of maternal depression, new research suggests. A team from Bar-Ilan University in Israel studied a representative sample of mothers , some married and some cohabiting, who had been assessed for depression. They visisted them at home to observe and…

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Elderly married couples ‘less likely to break bones’

January 11, 2017 0 comments

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People are who still married in their later years are less likely to suffer broken bones, new research suggests. Doctors at the University of Zaragoza in north-eastern Spain analysed the medical and psychiatric records of nearly 5,000 older local people, finding a clear link between marital status and their chance of fracturing a hip. Elderly…

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Through the darkness of divorce (part two)

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December 9, 2016 3 comments

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Some people may be worried that if they seek out counselling or medication for depression during their divorce it will harm their case. This is absolutely not true. If anything, such steps show a commendable level of insight. Divorce is without doubt one of the most difficult experiences anyone can go through but as a…

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The importance of counselling during divorce

August 31, 2016 4 comments

Marilyn Stowe

Divorce can take a serious toll on people’s mental and physical health. In this extract from the second edition of Marilyn Stowe’s book Divorce and Splitting Up: Advice from a Top Divorce Lawyer, she discusses why it is important to seek professional help. Some clients refuse to see a doctor or counsellor. “I will get through…

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