Recognising Depression

I wrote this article maybe ten years ago. Until 2019, I worked as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. Signs of Depression. Depression can cause a variety of very difficult symptoms, for example; a sense of despair, helplessness, powerlessness, a lack of hope, a sense of being ‘stuck’, an overwhelming lethargy, cognitive confusion, behavioural difficulties, a sense... Continue Reading →

Hiding behind a Smile – Johnny Parky

I have known Johnny for a few years now through the Parkinson’s support groups on Facebook. Although we have never met I have had numerous face to face conversations with him and made a few videos on our Focused Friends YouTube Channel and found him to be a friendly, lovely and an easygoing chap. I... Continue Reading →

A Day of Reflection

Photo by Debbie Walker - A day of Reflection Today, a year on from our first UK Covid-19 related Lockdown, our Nation acknowledged the devastating loss of life, along with the additional cruelty of loss during a time of social restriction by having a National Day of Reflection. I write a blog about making personal... Continue Reading →

Focus on Joy

"When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving within you; a joy."- Rumi. At Focused Friends, we believe fun and laughter are good for the soul. This is most certainly my own personal viewpoint, too. Make time in your day, to bring a smile to someone’s face. Be silly! Wear a... Continue Reading →

5 Ways to Approach Lockdown

By Deano Parsons. “Even under the most difficult circumstances, you can have creative flexibility.” - Anne M. Mulcahy. Lockdown can make you feel like you are going stir-crazy.  Well, there are some simple things to remember that I believe will make each day at least bearable, while the lock-down is in place. Follow my simple 5... Continue Reading →

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