The Pomodoro Technique: An Honest Review From a Self-Confessed Procrastinator

Admittedly, I’ve never been big on productivity hacks, tips and tricks. Instead, I keep things pretty simple. I take a look at my planner (my not-so-together phone calendar), jot down a list of things I want to get done that day, and then start panicking. But, after asking around friends, colleagues (hello PsyECR!), and hearing so much … Continue reading The Pomodoro Technique: An Honest Review From a Self-Confessed Procrastinator

Impostor Syndrome & Mental Health: Hiding or Beginning?

So, you're in the PhD, you've worked so hard to get here, you've worked for years and years to get here, you were overjoyed to finally see a dream come true, and for some worries to resolve themselves (yay, funding!) - but, it is not having a positive effect on your mental health. It's not … Continue reading Impostor Syndrome & Mental Health: Hiding or Beginning?

Reflection: The PhD Three Months In

I started my PhD looking at mental health and (un)employment at the University of Glasgow in October of last year. I'm lucky that I have a great office space, on the main campus, and with great (and very friendly office-mates). I have been enjoying the process, and have been taking the time to realise what … Continue reading Reflection: The PhD Three Months In

“What he hears is normal, it’s his fear”

Voices, trauma, life

  • ‘Hearing voices’ can occur in asylum seekers.
  • The voices may arise from traumas they suffered in the country they fled.
  • They may also arise from fears caused by the asylum system in the country they seek refuge in.
  • What the voices say can make sense, given what the person is going through.
  • Safety and community are central to mental health.

Asylum seekers on the Greek-Macedonian border

“Fear” writes Veronica Roth in Divergent, “doesn’t shut you down; it wakes you up”.†

But it may also awaken others within you.

I say this in the context of having just read a report on the effects of the asylum procedure on asylum seekers’ mental health.

The authors are clear that prolonged legal insecurity, the obligation to move from one center to another, and isolation, among other factors, contribute to mental health deterioration.

Trauma and hearing voices

It is well known that…

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