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Josh Phillips

Josh Phillips interned with us for six weeks during his summer holidays while studying English Literature and Language at the University of Oxford. He has written reviews on shows for the Edinburgh Festival and has also represented his University College on the BBC's University Challenge.

25July

OCD: How to deal with it

Written by Josh Phillips Posted in Mental Illness

OCD: How to deal with it

OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) is an anxiety disorder. An obsession is the repeated urge to do something, or desire for something; compulsion is when you feel the need to constantly repeat an activity, such as washing your hands or arranging objects.

16July

Bipolar: What to look for and what to do

Written by Josh Phillips Posted in Mental Illness

Bipolar: What to look for and what to do

Our moods always change. One minute we’re up, and the next, we’re down. Everyone’s like that. But sometimes the mood swings that everyone gets from time to time can go too far: someone can go from feeling giddy with joy to being unbearably sad, and back again. This can be a sign of mental illness, of bipolar disorder.

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder where the person suffering from it swings back and forth, sometimes very rapidly or sometimes very slowly, between two very different moods or mental states, between depression and mania.

12July

Coping with People telling you what to do

Written by Josh Phillips Posted in General Advice

Coping with People telling you what to do

Dealing with other people in positions of authority, like teachers or parents or bosses, can be a drag, can’t it? You’re younger than they are; you’re full of energy; you know what modern life’s about. They probably can’t even use a computer properly! Chances are you think you know it all: you have life spread out before you.