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Tuesday 20 December 2005
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Positivity in illness
People of all ages can begin to feel more vulnerable to poor health during the winter months, and some of us can worry and fret before and during an illness. But can such emotional distress actually hinder recovery? This question has been gaining increased attention from psychologists, an area of study that they call "positivity in illness". Professor Michael Hyland and Dr Val Morrison explain their research into quality of life and 'positivity with illness'.

Equine Assisted Therapy
Over the past two years STEPPS a rehabilitation treatment centre in Gloucester has been pioneering a novel therapy which, they believe, is particularly effective with patients suffering from addictions, depression and eating disorders. It's called Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and involves working with horses. Raj visited the centre to investigate.

Anarchic Hand
The idea of a hand with its own will has been used as a comic device by many movie makers and writers...including in "Dr Strangelove". But a little known fact is that there is a rare and fascinating neurological phenomena which can cause this Strangelove-type behaviour to happen - called alien, or anarchic, hand syndrome, a condition which means that people cannot control the actions of one of their hands. This month an intriguing new case history of alien hand syndrome has just been reported by a Japanese group in the journal Surgical Neurology, and Raj discusses the syndrome with expert Sergio Della Sala, Professor of Human Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh .

Seeing Words
In last week's programme we responded to an enquiry from a listener who sees words as she listens to them, and wondered whether other people shared her experience. This week, many of you wanted to add your thoughts and experiences, so we put together some of your feedback, and asked synaesthesia expert, Dr James Ward of University College London to explain further.
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Positivity in illness
Michael Hyland, Professor of Health Psychology at the Univeristy of Southampton 
Dr Val Morrison, University of Bangor 
Information about the two main mindfulness-based approaches, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

Stepps is a treatment facility in the UK that has it's own Equine Assisted Psychotherapy facilities (Wyncolls) with over 50 horses and a large team of horse professionals and therapists. Apart from substance dependency, it can also be useful in behavioral issues, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties and communication needs.
Stepps Ley Court, Minsterworth, Gloucestershire GL2 8JU Tel: 01452-750599

Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association
Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) is an international organisation. Founded in July 1999, it is s a non-profit organisation developed to address the need for programmes, resources, education, and professionalism in the field of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. EAGALA Europe was founded in August 2003 and is the only professional association in UK and Europe promoting and developing this unique form of therapy.
EAGALA Europe, Easter Craiglea, Duncanston, Dingwall, Ross-shire , IV7 8JD , Scotland UK .
01349 877560,

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