Wardipedia – 68. Talking therapies

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Beyond CBT…. Introduction Talking therapies, psychologically minded staff, mentalising… all as essential as medication on inpatient wards. (And usually without the nasty side-effects often inflicted by medication.) A patient may be  continuing with their pre-hospital therapy or experiencing psychotherapeutic  relief, challenges and changes for the first time. Medication does wonders in knocking some symptoms on […]

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Wardipedia – 12. Mindfulness and silence

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  Introduction Restful, simple, clean, clear, full of possibilities. Devoid of anything nasty or painful because it’s pure space. Pure space, mindfulness, silence, meditation, yoga have become very trendy. And being an  inpatient is a great opportunity to learn and practice these extraordinarily effective ways of not just quieting the mind at that moment, but […]

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Wardipedia – 07. Mentalising

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Mind awareness Introduction We love the concept of ‘mentalising’. OK, not the name itself which is a bit naff but does have the soundest of origins in psychoanalytic and attachment theories. Mentalising simply means being aware of what’s going on in our own minds and in other people’s minds. Mainly thoughts and feelings, but of […]

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ACTIVITIES

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Activities – social, recreational, physical Wards are now offering patients a rich assortment of individual and group activities, from book clubs to tours of the local football club. These provide patients with not just stimulation but also comfortable social contact, skills and interests’ development, improved self-esteem – and increased safety! The National Audit on Violence […]

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