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Psychotherapy and EMDR Helping to treat internet addiction.

The following article suggests that what is described as "internet addiction" is on the increase, and that Psychotherapy and EMDR can help people to cope with the effects brought about by their dependence.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15503391

Mindfulness - A moment of calm in the maelstrom

Some years ago, I came accross a small sculpture which was called Five Minutes Peace.  As it sat on view, on the desk or shelf, the inspiration behind the concept was that its presence would prompt the viewer into remembering to take a break from the rigours of life for five minutes.  It was a wonderful idea and one that was making reference to how busy we are, and how little time we take away from that busyness.    That was over ten years ago, before we entered the instant digital world that many of us now inhabit, and it is no exaggeration to say that much has changed in the last decade.

In Britain 2011, life operates at an extraordinarily fast pace.  Gone are the Sundays when the shops would not open, prompting a whole day to be set aside for relaxation or leisure.  No more are the days of quieter roads and bored rainy afternoons when you had to provide your own "make do and mend" entertainment.  In place of these past, fallow moments that accompanied our every week, there is now a myriad of ways we keep ourselves entertained and constantly occupied.   And it seems it is a merry go round, getting faster and faster going from one thing to the next, checking, responding, informing, networking, reviewing and rewinding.  Using computers, tweeting, gaming, shopping, you tubing, pod casting and mobile phoning are all commonplace activities that now constantly punctuate our lives in a very big way.  There are few gaps in our days that are not being instantly filled, and there is perhaps a profound and direct link that we make between productivity and having a sense of purpose in life.

But what effect does all this activity have on our sense of well being when we are in a constant process of doing, rather than just being?  In an age when we perhaps equate busyness with popularity and success, it is very hard to accept the notion that to do nothing, can be helpful and productive.  Are we, as a society, in the process of forgetting that moments of quiet,  minutes of silence or stillness, and the notion of just being in the world, is a good enough experience in itself?

As the incidence of depression and anxiety in the western world increase, more and more people it seems are struggling to gain a sense of well being and satisfaction.  This is despite the standard of living apparently having increased the overall quality of life. Something, it seems might be missing, and rather than quickly looking for a way to fill yet another space, perhaps we should take a moment to consider what other options might be available.

There is gathering evidence to show that mindfulness and meditation offer effective ways of helping to deal with some of life's stresses and anxieties.   Scientific understanding of this has come through developments in neuroscience and a picture is emerging of how the brain, body and emotions are all intrinsically linked, offering new insights into why and how meditation can help us cope with life's challenges.  The way we can use this new understanding can be adapted to a variety of circumstances, so that the learning and practice of mindfulness can be incorporated independently, or as part of a therapy treatment.

At The Therapy Practice we offer a range of contemporary therapies that incorporate these new understandings based on of the integral link  between our mind and body.

N.Al-Jarrah 2011

The Therapy Practice