Month: November 2017

Parkinson’s and Sleep Problems

One of the things that many people with Parkinson’s Disease commonly struggle with, is our sleeping patterns.  If you listen to anyone living with Parkinson’s, you will almost certainly hear regular expressions of frustration, and even desperation, at the difficulty of achieving any sort of regular sleep pattern.  In fact, in all likelihood, you will…

Parkinson’s and Depression

Many people with Parkinson’s Disease will, at some point, experience depressive feelings or even full Depression.  The treatment for Depression is not an exact science.  Treatment options around the world vary from talking therapies, alternative and complementary therapies through to the use of prescribed medication. In the Western world, a combination of talking therapies and…

Set Apart

Like the square peg in the round hole The black sheep or the broken bowl Like one mature student in the class The short straw or the met impasse Like the faded Actor of prior fame The odd one out or the horse now lame Parkinson’s sets you apart. Like the fabled ‘Man in the…

Unhelpful Mind-Reading

In my role, as Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I often meet people who come to see me due to low self-esteem.  For so many different reasons, what has often started out as an uncertainty, self-consciousness or even fear of inadequacy; usually originating in childhood years, has not been resolved and so has remained with the person…

Contact

The following poem is in the Haiku form of poetry: Contact. Gentle Ripples Splash I gaze across the water The Heron watches. (C) Dean Parsons. 2017.

Tess, From A Societal Viewpoint

Under Review: In this article I offer a brief critical review of one of Thomas Hardy’s (1840 – 1928) best loved works; ‘Tess of the d’Urbevilles’.  This story’s main protagonist is a young woman called Tess Durbeyfield who, following a chance meeting between her father and the local Parson, is seemingly compelled into the grand…

Guest Speaker for Medical Change

I was delighted to be invited, last week, as Guest Speaker at my local Doctor’s surgery, here in the Suffolk Coastal area.  The surgery, which I hold in very high regard, is also a training centre for Trainee Doctors.  My task was to speak with the Year 3 Trainees from Cambridge about my diagnosis of…