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For Parents

For Parents

New medication that may be more acceptable than Ritalin

0X717 is still in the development stage. It reportedly works by boosting the activity of a key neurotransmitter that makes it easier to learn and encode memory which Julia Boyle at the University of Surrey, UK, and her colleague have now shown. It's effect on performance of a number of tasks has been impressive. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one such application the researchers are hoping may benefit from this development.

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For Organizations

For Organisations

Did you know you can't ignore an angry voice?

Research shows we have a system that prioritises "orienting towards significant stimuli even when these are not the focus of attention" - In simple terms the researcher looked at whether people could ignore an angry voice if they were listening to, or doing something else….they could not!

One good reason for asking people to resolve their differences without raising their voices.

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Sleep and Stress

Record number of staff too stressed to work
Sarah Womack social affairs correspondent Daily Telegraph
RECORD numbers of people say they are too stressed to go to work.

One in two workers claims to suffer stress and anxiety while working, says the report by Mind, the mental health charity, with nearly 13 million working days a year lost to stress.

Its report comes after recent figures showed that almost a million people were claiming incapacity benefit for mental and behavioural disorders. Research suggested the large majority suffered from "depression, anxiety or other neuroses".  A Confederation of British Industry spokesman said: "One person's stress is another person's job satisfaction."

Ruth Lea, of the Centre for Policy Studies think tank, warned stress "has become acceptable, almost traditional, to talk about  in the work-place," she said. "Ten or 20 years ago people did not use the term. There's a difference between stress and pressure, but stress has become more acceptable.

"People say, 'Sorry, I've got stress. We all accept to some extent that people have stress, but sometimes stress in people's lives tends to get focused on the workplace. Frequently it is not work issues that cause the stress."

Long hours are frequently cited as a cause of stress, although some people are believed to work longer hours to escape the stress of family life. According to Mind, 12-8 million working days a year are lost to work-related stress, rising to 45 million days lost to general stress and anxiety conditions, of which "work stress" is thought to play a part.

Analysis of stress levels shows absenteeism is particularly prevalent in the public sector, with teachers, social workers and local government staff claiming an average of 10-7 sickness days a year, which equates to £706 per employee a year. Private sector workers take an average of 7-8 days, equating to a cost of £588 per employee.

Defending its report, Stress and Mental Health in the Workplace, Mind said stress in the workplace was at almost "endemic proportions" and if employers had proper policies in place to deal with it, stress could be successfully managed, saving companies millions of pounds. Richard Brook, the charity's chief executive, said less than one in 10 companies had a policy on mental health, although nearly all respondents to a CBI survey felt mental health should be a company concern.

He said sources of stress included poor working conditions, relationships at work, long hours, lack of job security, travel, organisational structure and climate, and a general mismatch between job requirements and a person's capabilities or need 

About Dr Sharon Lloyd

For Parents

Dr Sharon Lloyd is well known in the South of England as an educational and occupational, chartered psychologist, a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

With over 20 years’ experience of work here and in Canada, training other professionals as well as running her own business, Dr Lloyd’s diagnostic work spans the entire age spectrum of learning needs, work styles and abilities.

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