Expert Advice

Keep pen and paper by your bed

Stress affects our sleep, and when this happens many people feel that they must really do something about it. When they see their GP they either are in an exhausted state or have been sent by their partner whose sleep their insomnia is also disturbing. …

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Anticipate deadlines

My life is one big deadline. If it is not patients wanting the impossible done yesterday, then editors seem intent on filling up my writing diary as quickly as I can empty it. My bank manager is happy, but whether this is good for me …

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Tackle workplace bullies

A highly efficient company secretary came to me with a minor problem. Sensing there was something else on her mind, I asked her what it was. She broke down, and admitted, for the first time, that she was being bullied at work. Having been bullied …

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Stand up for yourself

Under the thumb Before the days of little blue pills for impotence, a bashful young man asked me for help with his sexual problems. He had a forceful and enthusiastic wife, and he felt inadequate. We finally agreed that a course of injections would help. …

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Learn to ‘be’, not ‘have’

I am very rarely lost for words. In fact, most people say that is the last thing that would happen to me. I also view myself as unshockable being privileged enough in my job to see people as they really are ensures that – but …

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