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Featured stories

Featured posts to the Priory blog, including insights and advice on mental health, addictions and eating disorders.

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The effects of cocaine on sleep

Exploring the impact of cocaine on sleep: from coping with the cocaine comedown to managing insomnia.

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Perspectives: a new panel show from Priory

Priory is excited to launch Perspectives, a new series of panel discussions on the biggest topics in mental health and addictions.

Mental health
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How to get motivated when depressed

A lack of motivation is a common symptom of depression. Here, we provide tips on how you can motivate yourself when you're depressed.

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Nine effective breathing exercises for anxiety

Keep anxiety symptoms under control with these simple breathing techniques for work or home.

Mental health
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How to stop drinking alcohol every night

Discover some at-home strategies that can help you manage drinking habits. For more support, use our free addiction assessment and speak to a professional.

Addiction
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40% of men won't talk to anyone about their mental health

Mental health statistics show that over a third of men (35%) think they've had a diagnosable mental health condition at some point in their life. To get a better understanding of how men think and interact with their mental health, Priory commissioned a survey of 1,000 men in the UK.

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Mental health

Go deeper into mental health with our expert articles on a wide variety of conditions and topics.

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40% of men won't talk to anyone about their mental health

Mental health statistics show that over a third of men (35%) think they've had a diagnosable mental health condition at some point in their life. To get a better understanding of how men think and interact with their mental health, Priory commissioned a survey of 1,000 men in the UK.

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Depression after divorce

For many people, divorce is a stressful life event that can negatively affect your mental health. Here, our experts explore how you can deal with the difficulties of a marriage breaking down.

Mental health
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Is anxiety genetic?

There's evidence to suggest that genetics may play a role when it comes to anxiety. However, this isn’t the only explanation.

Mental health
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Eustress vs distress: types of stressors explained

The differences between positive and negative stress, including real-world examples of each.

Mental health
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How depression causes a loss of appetite

If you're struggling with depression and loss of appetite, we have looked at why this can happen and what you can do in order to start feeling better.

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Living with depression and anxiety

Read our advice to help improve how you've been feeling lately and find out about the support available for depression and anxiety here at Priory.

Mental health
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Relaxation techniques for anxiety

Introducing and using techniques like progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing and visualisation can help you to relax your body and mind.

Mental health

Addictions

The latest expert guides and detailed articles on alcohol, drug and behavioural addictions.

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I drink every night – am I an alcoholic?

Have you asked yourself the question: “I drink every night – am I alcoholic?” If so, this suggests that you may be starting to think that you have an issue with alcohol.

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How long does alcohol stay in your system?

After a drink, this is how long can you expect the alcohol to stay in your blood, urine and other areas of the body.

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How to manage a comedown

After taking drugs, it’s common for you to experience what’s known as a ‘comedown’, as the effects of the drug wear off.

Addiction
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Crack cocaine: definition, effects and withdrawal

Crack cocaine can be devastating for people that use it. Here, we outline the most common physical and psychological effects of crack cocaine.

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Alcohol blackouts: memory loss after drinking

Alcohol can affect both your short-term and long-term memory. However, there are a number of things you can do when drinking, to help to avoid memory loss.

Addiction
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Alcohol units: what they are, how they're measured and alcohol guidelines in the UK

Here, we discuss the facts about alcohol units so you can be better informed the next time you have a drink.

Addiction
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Cocaine overdose: warning signs, symptoms and treatment

Learn more about cocaine overdose, including the signs and symptoms to look out for, what to do in an emergency, and the cocaine addiction treatment options available.

Addiction
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Understanding and managing alcohol triggers

Exploring internal and external alcohol triggers, and how to recognise and manage them.

Addiction

The latest videos from our YouTube channel

What is catastrophising and how do we stop?
A guide to addiction interventions
Guided meditation for anxiety
Staying sober (or cutting down) over winter
Grounding techniques to reset your brain
How to stop ruminating thoughts

Young people (CAMHS)

Explore articles related to CAMHS and other topics related to young people's mental health.

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Signs of teenage depression

Outlining the symptoms that teens may experience when they're depressed, and what you can do to help them.

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How to help with teenage anxiety

In this piece, we'll explore anxiety symptoms to look out for, plus how you can help a teenager to minimise disruption to their life and reduce the likelihood of long-term mental health issues.

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How to de-stress your teenager ahead of school exams

Priory's Dr Hayley van Zwanenberg explores the ways in which parents can help calm their children ahead of exams - and even use some of the tips themselves in their daily work life.

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Is my child depressed?

Are you concerned your child might be depressed? Here, you will find signs and symptoms to look out for, possible causes and next steps to take.

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How to tell if your child has an eating disorder

If you notice a combination of the following signs in your child, it may be that they've developed, or are starting to develop, an eating disorder.

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Panic attacks in children

It can be upsetting to watch your child struggle with panic attacks. You may feel helpless, and not know where to turn, or what to do for the best. However, it’s important to know that you’re not alone, and there are steps you can take to help your child.

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Eating disorders

Explainers and explorers from our clinical experts on a variety of eating disorders.

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How to tell if your child has an eating disorder

If you notice a combination of the following signs in your child, it may be that they've developed, or are starting to develop, an eating disorder.

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How to help someone with an eating disorder

Read about how you can support someone who's currently struggling with an eating disorder.

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How to help someone with bulimia

If someone close to you is struggling with bulimia, we've put together advice on the ways you can be a good source of support.

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What is orthorexia'?

Our understanding of orthorexia is growing all the time. Read on to find out what orthorexia is, how it compares to other eating disorders, and what you can do if you think you might be struggling with it.

Adult social care

The latest expert articles related to adult social care.

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How dementia affects short and long-term memory loss

People with dementia will often experience memory loss, which can affect their day-to-day life. There are steps you can take to help a person manage dementia and any memory loss they're experiencing.

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How to help someone with dementia

While there's no cure for dementia, providing the right support to someone can still make a huge difference to their quality of life. Every person living with the condition goes through their own unique journey.

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Stimulating activities for older people with dementia

By staying both mentally and physically active through hobbies and socialising, people with dementia can have a better quality of life. It can help them to feel happy and motivated, while preventing them from withdrawing into themselves and away from others.

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How to handle angry outbursts from someone with dementia

Managing anger and aggression from someone with dementia can be difficult, regardless of whether it's verbal or physical. Here's how to handle them.

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Sundowning: definition and management tips

When someone with dementia displays certain behaviours in the late afternoon or early evening, it's often referred to as 'sundowning'. During this time, a person may act out-of-character, and become increasingly anxious or agitated.

Press releases and statements

The latest announcements, media releases and news from Priory.

Inspectors praise “kind and compassionate care” at Priory’s Burston House

Feb 2024 | Inspectors spoke of “kind and caring staff” at Burston House, who were “attentive to people’s emotional and other support needs.”

Combat 'hangxiety' and improve mental wellbeing by taking care of gut health

Jan 2024 | As ‘Dry January’ gains momentum, a leading UK psychiatrist from Priory, Dr David McLaughlan, is emphasising the importance of maintaining gut health to avoid the negative consequences of alcohol consumption. 

Digital care records free up 80,000 hours of Priory staff time

Jan 2024 | Priory says residents of its care homes have benefited as staff have saved more than 80,000 hours thanks to a new digital records system.

Don’t turn dry January into a countdown to your next drink

Jan 2024 | Priory expert suggests using the annual sobriety campaign as a timely opportunity to review your relationship with alcohol.

Excellent support for autistic adults at Priory hospital, says National Autistic Society

Jan 2024 | Priory Stockton Hall in York has been recognised for “setting the standard for autism practice” by the National Autistic Society.

Drugs for concern 2024

Dec 2023 | In 2024, Priory experts have identified the substances causing the greatest concern, highlighting a rising demand for treatment in ketamine and cocaine addiction.

Talk to loved ones about alcohol this Christmas

Dec 2023 | Priory therapist shares expert guidance on how to talk to your loved ones this year

Press and media coverage

The latest round-up of Priory news and expert comment in the media. If you would like to find out more, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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