Stress Control Classes in Lanarkshire »

… develop skills and techniques to manage common issues caused by modern day living such as stress, anxiety or low confidence, which can affect well-being are available across Lanarkshire.

The classes are delivered in local community facilities and consist of 6 sessions lasting 90 minutes each.  Some of the issues covered during the sessions are:

Information about stress

how to control your body

how to control your thoughts

boosting your self confidence

controlling panic …

Menopause »

… .

General aches, fatigue, forgetfulness, Depression , Insomnia, irritability and Anxiety are symptoms which have also been reported in association with the menopause. In the longer term, the reduction in oestrogen production removes the protection which women enjoyed against the development of heart disease. By the age of 65, they are reported to be on a par with men with regard to risk. Reduced oestrogen production can also lead to a deterioration in bone mass, leading to …

Trauma »

… drugs

overeating or undereating

Emotional Reactions

shock and disbelief

fear and/or anxiety

grief, disorientation, denial

hyper-alertness or hypervigilance

irritability, restlessness, outbursts of anger or rage

emotional swings — like crying and then laughing

worrying or ruminating — intrusive thoughts of the trauma


flashbacks — feeling like the trauma is happening now

feelings of helplessness, panic, feeling out of control

increased need to …

Can’t Get / Keep an Erection »

… is if a “morning erection” is still experienced. Feelings like fear, anger, distress and anxiety cause part of the nervous system to come into play which directly blocks the action of another part of the system involved in creating an erection. This is a natural reaction – our ancestors would find it more difficult to run from a predator with an erection in the way!

It is necessary to identify the causes of worry and try to remove these. They could include concern about …

Premature Ejaculation »

… premature ejaculation? There are many causes including:

Lack of sexual experience and the anxiety you feel about this

The novelty of a new sexual partner

The place where you are having sex

Your penis may be overly-sensitive to the stimulation it feels

Some people have suggested that it is an inherited, safety mechanism from the days when our ancestors had to have sex quickly to avoid being eaten!

Others think it may be learned behaviour.

How can premature …

Unable to Ejaculate »

… may be an extreme form of retarded (delayed) ejaculation.

Psychological problems such as anxiety and distress, may be a cause. Your views on sex and the sexual activities you take part in may conflict and result in anejaculation.

There can also be physical reasons why you are unable to ejaculate and all of these need medical investigation for you to be sure.  These reasons can include physical problems with the production, storage or expulsion of semen.

How can …

Sex and Ageing »

… , with vaginal shrinkage, women may even find sex more intense or pleasurable. The lack of anxiety about becoming pregnant may even contribute towards sexual enjoyment.

A few other things can be taken into consideration to improve your sex life in later years.Routine can lead to boredom, which in turn can lead to a lack of arousal. Experimenting may intensify stimulation, and this can be as simple as changing the location in which sex usually takes place. The use of erotic …

Domestic Abuse »

… to act that way.


Living with the situation can cause long term health problems, such as anxiety, depression, sleep difficulties, stomach problems or sexual health problems.  You might have injuries such as broken bones, broken teeth, bruises, cuts, etc.  You might become pregnant when you don’t want to.  You might start drinking, or drink more, or use drugs to ‘escape’ or numb the pain.  These can all potentially cause problems for you in the long run.

Who does it …

Learning About Sex »

… disabled people are non-sexual or through some imposed moral objection) it causes unnecessary Anxiety and alienation.  It can be frightening and confusing for anyone discovering their sexuality; everyone has sexual needs and should be supported through this process. Lack of understanding can leave disabled people very vulnerable to abuse or exploitation, or exposed to the risks of Sexually Transmitted Infections .

Full, open and appropriate Sexual Health and Relationships …

Prescription Drugs »

… to practice safer sex.

Tranquillizers and medicines that are used to help you sleep or reduce anxiety are often abused or taken with other substances such as alcohol or recreational drugs.  When taken in this way these drugs can be particularly dangerous as there is a risk of overdose and you are more likely to do something that you wouldn’t normally do.  Some of these drugs are often referred to as tranx or benzos and include:

Diazepam (Valium, vallies, blues)

Temazepam …