Entries by Stephen McMurray

Overcoming a fear of needles with hypnotherapy in Edinburgh

Needle phobia is thought to affect at least 10% of the population and is when people have a fear of a medical procedure that involves needles or injections.  For many this is related to a fear of seeing blood, or simply thinking about the injection.  Which may make them feel faint.  Often needle phobia has […]

Drug Addiction in Edinburgh

I met Peter Krykant outside the Scottish Parliament. Peter runs the safe consumption van in Glasgow. This enables drug users to take their drugs in a safer method than out in the streets. Peter brought his van to the Scottish Parliament to highlight the appalling drugs deaths in Scotland, which is a much worse than […]

Book review of Sleeping with Pain

I wrote a book review for Pain Matters magazine, published by Pain Concern: Sleeping with Pain Strategies for a restful night from pain-management expert By Dr Sue Peacock. Ann Jaloba Publishing, 136pp, £7.99 ISBN 9780995459922 Published 2016

Gambling Addiction in Edinburgh

A report published in the British Medical Journal claimed that the economic cost of gambling addiction had been substantially underestimated.  There are an estimated nearly half-a-million problem gamblers in the UK.  They are more likely to be in lower economic classes and least able to afford such an addiction. Some of the increase in problem […]

How to manage chronic pain with hypnotherapy in Edinburgh

Chronic pain is when pain last more than 12 weeks and after an injury would have healed. It often serves no purpose and is linked to conditions such as diabetes and arthritis. It is estimated to affect at least eight million people in the UK.  This can have a very detrimental impact on quality of […]