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Francesca Stregapede

After pursuing a degree in Psychology, I further explored the relationship between neurochemistry and behaviour in a Masters in Brain Imaging and Cognitive neuroscience. I write about various areas of Psychology as well as articles at the interface between Neuroscience and Nutrition as I believe that nutrition has a huge impact not only on our physical wellbeing but also on our psychological states.

Alternative Healing Through Cellular Healing Therapy

  Cellular Therapy: Learn About Cellular Healing Modalities Question for Dr. Leia: I have heard of the term cellular healing, is this the same as cellular therapy? Someone was telling me about some products that renew your cells that have anti-aging prosperities. Yet I have heard the term in new …

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Why should you learn how to use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) combines the two psychological approaches that dominated the 20th century. The first half of the century saw the prevalence of Behaviourism, an approach that explains human behaviour in terms of the influence of the environment on the individual. It proposes that all behaviour is learnt and depends on previous experience. …

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The mechanisms of observational learning explained

The notion of learning through observation dates back to the later Middle Ages when master craftsmen employed apprentices to train in their trade. However, it is not until the 1970s when Albert Bandura, an American psychologist, developed a theory of how we learn to perform a behaviour through observation, what is known …

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When fears become phobias

Most of us fear an object of a situation. For example, I fear tools such as drills and blenders because the noise they make reminds me of an accident I had a few years back with a food processor. It also scares me when large crowds gather for events such as …

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5 reasons why you should eat Greek Yogurt

Here’s 5 reasons why you should include Greek yogurt in your diet if you exercise regularly and/or are trying to shed some weight. 1. Helps build muscle: the liquid whey in Greek yogurt has been strained 3 times compared to the 2 times in regular yogurt. This means that Greek yogurt …

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The many sides of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

How can you tell whether you have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? The straight answer is that if your life is governed by obsessions and/or compulsions that are having a debilitating effect on your ability to function on a daily basis then you might have OCD. While the actual content of …

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Everything you need to know about depression

Depression has been defined as ‘the plague of the 21st century’. This is more than a catchy phrase chosen to convey how spread this mental disorder is and the fact that is spares no one. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), depression affects about 350 million people around the world. However, this figure …

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Fight Illness Anxiety Disorder

What is Illness Anxiety Disorder? In Illness Anxiety Disorder (IAD), previously known as hypochondriasis, the individual develops an excessive worry about any physical or psychological symptoms experienced albeit in the absence of a diagnosed health condition. The anxiety experienced is so pervasive that it interferes with the individual’s ability to function adequately and it’s …

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Everything you need to know about Anxiety

While we are all familiar with the meaning of the word ‘anxiety’ and we are likely to have experienced a certain degree of anxiety at some point in our life, it’s important to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy anxiety. Healthy anxiety is experienced before a meaningful event in life such as a job …

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Is anxiety always bad for you?

Feeling anxious before a challenging event such as a job interview, a presentation or an exam is very common and considered normal. However, anxiety is generally viewed as ‘bad’ and as an indicator that the person is not coping with the task at hand. This article aims to debunk this myth …

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