Sleeping better

by Kat Zwielich, MSc Sleep fulfils crucial functions for our body and brain. While we sleep we heal, grow, learn and organise. We all differ in how much sleep we need and when we need to sleep. Our need for sleep also changes throughout the lifespan. Usually the older we get the less sleep we […]

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The maintenance of social anxiety

Social anxiety, or social phobia is a debilitating condition marked by a persistent fear of being humiliated or scrutinized by others. It is the third most common mental health problem after depression and substance abuse. It typically develops in adolescence but is not uncommon in children. Approximately 10% of people struggle with social anxiety worldwide. […]

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Three reasons why therapy might be beneficial to anyone

by Jeanette Galan Mogensen, intern, The Little White House Psychotherapy is a relatively new practice that has only really been around as a scientific discipline for the last century. That’s not a long time, when you consider how long the practice of medicine has been around (some 40 centuries). A common way of perceiving psychotherapy […]

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The benefits of single-tasking

by Inga Tomasdottir When was the last time you paid full attention to what you were doing? In the hustle and bustle of today’s society it can be difficult to pay full attention to one thing at a time. There are countless stimuli competing for our attention; emails, phone calls, notifications on smartphones… the list […]

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Here we go again with social distancing

What happens when we don’t touch? By Betina Krogh-Knudsen So here we go again. Winter is coming and with it, a new spike in the Corona graph. In Denmark the government just reintroduced the restrictions, and again – we are instructed to keep distance to each other. Social distancing is the key to not spreading […]

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The power of groups

Introduction From the moment we are born, we are members of a group.  The group could be as small as one caregiver and an infant but is likely larger.  We learn about dependency in our first groups.  We hopefully learn to trust powerful others to take care of us and to teach us how to […]

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Practical ways to calm our nervous system

by Katharina Zwielich, MSc When we struggle with stress, anxiety, and uncomfortable emotional arousal, the part of our nervous system called the sympathetic nervous system is in overdrive. The autonomic nervous system is the part of our nervous system that we don’t control consciously – think breathing, digesting, and heartbeat. There are two subsystems that, […]

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Addiction to fantasy and daydreams

An introduction and some thoughts by Debbie Quackenbush, Ph.D. Alcohol, sex, shopping, food:  all require input from the outside. To maintain problematic usage, the human must acquire something.  Not the case, when it comes to addiction to one’s internal fantasy-world.  One’s fantasies are tucked away in their mind, to be accessed anytime, anywhere.  Here is […]

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Vaccine Envy – When Is It My Turn?

By our intern Thea Haldorsen The Framework Agreement Plan for Reopening of Denmark was introduced to the public on April 15th [1]. For the first time since the pandemic broke out we can see light at the end of the tunnel. In just a few months we will be able to hug, have big dinner […]

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Understimulation and humanity

by Debbie Quackenbush, Ph.D. Several years ago, I started noticing that zoo animals had seemingly random objects in their enclosures.  I recall asking a zoo employee about them and was informed that even animals get bored and have ill effects from under stimulation.  Putting toys and novel objects in their cages was a way to […]

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