My name is Dr Joseph Bray, and I have been a Consultant Psychiatrist for over 18 years. In case you struggle with the difference between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist, the latter is a medical doctor who has specialised in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. Along the way I have seen what works for people and what doesn’t. But it’s not just about mental illness. People who feel they are not achieving their potential and want to flourish can learn a lot from what modern science and the ancient wisdom traditions have taught us. This is a great time to combine the knowledge of science, tradition, philosophy and common sense into something that will allow you to tailor a programme to suit your own development needs. I’ll tell you about how and why things go wrong, and what techniques are useful, how they work, and where to access them.
Have you ever wondered how to get your life together, but didn’t know where to start? Doctors tell you one thing, complementary therapists something completely different. Scientists say one thing, New Agers another. Christianity says Jesus is the only way, Buddhists tell you to find your True Nature.
Should I vaccinate my children. Should I take antidepressants? What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?
Why do I feel so stressed all the time? Should I follow a religion? Or are the atheists right, that we are all alone in a mindless Universe?
How do I get rich? Is that a bad thing? Or should I just be happy with less? How do I tap into my creativity? What about diet and weight-loss? What is the role of sugar in my diet? Or fat?
How about exercise? What’s the best way?
What’s the most effective way to quit smoking? What is addiction? What about pornography?
What is a normal sex-life?
Over the coming months I plan to show you how to address these and many other issues. I hope you find something useful here, for yourself, and have a few laughs along the way. This is the start of it…