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Treating addiction Q&A

Dr Gillian Tober, consultant psychologist and former president of the Society for the Study of Addiction, answers questions about treating addiction. When is it time to get help? The sooner the better. Some people say you have to hit rock bottom before you're ready to change,…

Looking after a sick child

If your child is ill the most important thing to do is to listen to them. If they say they don't need to be in bed, they probably don't. They might feel better on the sofa with a blanket or duvet. Whether they're in bed or on…

Why play is important

Playing isn't just fun: it's also the best way for young children to learn. By playing, children can practise all the skills they'll need as they grow up. To grow and develop, children need time and attention from someone who's happy to play with them.  Parents should…

Heroin addiction: get help

If you're addicted to heroin and you want to stop, you can ask your GP or local drug treatment service for help. As someone with a drug addiction you are entitled to the same confidential NHS care as anyone else who has a health problem.…

Support groups for disfigurement

There are lots of groups that can offer support, information and advice on specific conditions that can cause disfigurement. Below are some examples, but the list is by no means exhaustive. Acoustic neuroma support British Acoustic Neuroma Association (BANA) BANA offers mutual support and information to people affected by…

Pain and your emotions

If you have long-term pain you may be anxious about what it means, how long it will last and how much it interferes with your daily life. This can mean you dwell on the pain and it can start to take control of the way you live…

5 A Day FAQs

Do you have a question about 5 A Day? We answer some of the most frequently asked questions. Does the fruit and veg have to be fresh? How much is one portion of fruit for adults? How much is one portion of vegetables for adults? Do potatoes…

Healthy eating for vegetarians and vegans

To ensure you have a balanced and varied diet, read our advice on healthy eating for vegetarians and vegans. To have a healthy, balanced diet which includes all the nutrients your body needs, make sure you eat a wide variety of foods. Vegetarians and vegans eat a diet of:…

Caring for an alcoholic

If you're a carer for a problem drinker, finding help can be a frustrating experience. People who care for problem drinkers sometimes have to struggle to get the recognition and support they're entitled to. "They have not always been perceived as 'legitimate' carers," says Drew Lindon…

Eye health tips for older people

Because our eyesight changes as we get older, almost all of us will need to wear glasses or contact lenses by the time we're 65. If you have regular eye tests, wear the right lenses and look after your eyes, there's a better chance your sight will remain…
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