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Expert reveals tips for avoiding arguments this Christmas

A psychologist reveals three coping strategies for avoiding family arguments this festive season

  • Manage expectations and do not hope relatives’ behavior will change
  • This makes people less likely to lose their temper and feel disappointed
  • Either confront personal jibes by calming saying they bother your
  • Or, letting the situation go can make people feel more in control
  • Prepare yourself to feel frustrated and plan ahead how you will respond

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Peace and goodwill to all? How to avoid arguments on Christmas Day according to a relationship counsellor

In a time that’s meant to be full of fun, laughter and giving, a family bust-up can feel especially upsetting. It’s the last thing we want to happen and indeed Relate research has found that 84 per cent of people feel an argument-free Christmas is really important to them. Yet a 2012 Travelodge survey of over 2,000 families found that the average British household will have at least five rows on Christmas Day. Interestingly, they found that people often have similar rows, with recurring themes including children complaining about the gifts they’ve just received and adults rowing about the amount of alcohol they’ve guzzled.

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How to prevent a family argument at Christmas

Good news for anyone dreading spending Christmas with ‘loved ones’, it ispossible to diffuse tension and avoid shouting matches. Here, Olga shares the best ways to make sure your family time doesn’t end in an epic row.

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Coping with Self-harm: A Guide for Parents and Carers — Department of Psychiatry

This freely downloadable PDF guide provides information for parents and families about self-harm and its causes and effects. It is based on current research on self-harm and on the interviews with parents whose children self-harmed. It contains quotes from them with advice for other parents as well as evidence-based information and links to sources of help.

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Centre for Suicide Research — Department of Psychiatry

At the Centre for Suicide Research we translate findings about the extent and nature of self-harm and suicide into implications for prevention and treatment. We are proud that our work has had tangible benefits in terms of saving lives.

Our work has contributed to national regulations that have restricted availability of drugs used for suicide, particularly painkillers, which we have shown to have had major beneficial impacts. We have also developed resources for people bereaved by suicide, for parents and carers of young people who self-harm, and for prevention of suicide clusters.

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Neuroimaging — Department of Psychiatry

We can measure brain activity in the millisecond time scale using either magnetoencephalography (MEG) or electroencephalography (EEG). These methods record the magnetic fields or electrical currents that result from communication between groups of brain cells. Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) we are able to measure brain structure, activity, and chemical composition. With positron emission tomography (PET) we investigate the action of drugs in the brains of patients and other volunteers.

Our research groups are currently running studies into many disorders including: autism spectrum disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, motor neuron disease, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, gambling problems, as well as investigating many aspects of healthy brain function, including memory and face processing.

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Clinical Psychopharmacology — Department of Psychiatry

Psychotropic drug treatment is often prescribed to help people with mental health problems but its use can be controversial. The work of the group aims to understand how psychotropic drugs work from a molecular level through to clinical research in patients.

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Translational Neuroimaging — Department of Psychiatry

Neuroimaging provides a window into the living brain, and is an increasingly vital experimental medicine tool for neuro-psychiatric disease. With a particular focus on early and pre-clinical disease, we explore how the brain changes before symptoms take hold.

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Clinical Neuroscience | King’s College London

The aim of our Clinical Neuroscience MSc course is to give you a unique understanding of the principles underlying the clinical presentation and investigation of diseases affecting the brain. We place particular emphasis on the translation from basic science to clinical practice. Our course is suitable for students interested in neuroscience and its applications to neurological or psychiatric diseases.

Key benefits

  • Provides a deep and detailed understanding of brain diseases.

  • Emphasis on the translation from basic science to clinical practice.

  • Designed to introduce the basic scientific concepts which underlie clinical symptoms, signs and practice.

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The Neuroscience of Depression in the Brain

Depression is a multifaceted and insidious disorder, nearly as complex as the brain itself. As research continues to suggest, the onset of depression can be attributed to an interplay of the many elements that make us human—namely, our genetics, the structure and chemistry of our brains, and our lived experience. Second only, perhaps, to the confounding mechanics of anesthesia, depression is the ultimate mind-body problem; understanding how it works could unlock the mysteries of human consciousness.