3 weeks ago
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Caring for Someone with Depression

Living with someone with depression can be difficult, just as it can be difficult to care for someone with any illness. To help cope with someone experiencing depression, at Carers Trust Scotland we have come up with a useful acronym (this just means each letter stands for a word) - CARER.

Check it out/ask

Actively listen/observe

Reassure

Encourage/enable/educate

Remember you!

 

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3 weeks ago
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Some tips on dealing with Exam Stress

Work out what you are worried about. Is it a particular subject that you find difficult? Do you need to get more information about a subject? Have you made a study plan which is realistic? There may be some things you can’t change. For instance, you can’t change the date of the exam, but you can change how you prepare for that exam, or you can talk to someone about how you are feeling about it.

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3 weeks ago
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What is Exam Stress?

“I was on a short fuse with everyone and everything, and it was just getting worse. I just couldn’t work out what was happening, I just wanted to shut myself away. But when I was on my own I felt as though everyone else was having a better time without me. I’d wake up in the middle of the night and start thinking about my study routine - when will I study for math, what about my English exam? All of this just kept going round and round in my head. Looking back, no wonder I was snapping at everyone.”

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What you need to know about antidepressants

Antidepressants are a group of drugs which help to reduce the symptoms of depression. In many cases, the person may recover and not need to use antidepressants again.

There are a number of theories about how antidepressants work, and one which is growing in evidence is that they may help to repair or restore nerve cells that may have been damaged by the stress hormone found in those with depression.

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3 weeks ago
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Why Sleep is Important

Did you know that pythons sleep for 18 hours a day, whilst a giraffe can sleep for as little as 2 hours? Humans spend a third of our time asleep. What does that have to do with me, you might be asking yourself? Well it is really to demonstrate that different animals need different amounts of sleep; we are the same!

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Am I Depressed or Feeling Low?

Understanding the difference between these is important so that you can get the help and support you need. Low mood is something we all get from time to time, and it’s perfectly natural for our moods to change over the course of a day. Usually our mood lowers in response to something which has happened, such as falling out with friends, girl/boyfriends, worry about exams, worry about the person we care for. Even being in pain can lower our mood. Signs that your mood is low include:

• Feeling sad

• Worrying a lot

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1 month ago
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Nobody really likes being interviewed - even celebrities get nervous at interviews, but nerves can make us forget simple things like listening or paying attention. However, there are some things you can do to try and keep nerves in check.

Practice for the interview. This helps you get used to the structure of interviews, the fact that they usually start with an easier question, such as “tell us about your experience of university/college/school”. Friends and family can help, or ask your Young Adult Carer Support Worker if you can practice being interviewed.

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1 month ago
I feel like i have proven to myself that even though im a care i can still pass with high levels. On wednesday i found out that i go a grade 5 merit on the clarinet. It was an amazing feeling but i will never forget the reson why i continued on and never gave up!
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2 months ago
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Drugs and alcohol themed week, 30th Jan - 3rd Feb 2017

Drugs and alcohol – how it impacts on you and the person you care for. This week, we are running a themed week on this topic. We’ll be providing expert tips on caring for someone who has a drug or alcohol issue, as well as providing information about how to access the best support, for both you and the person you care for. We hope you’ll find this event useful, and we hope you’ll join us by sharing your own experiences with others.

Follow the links in the comments to find posts shared during this event.

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