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Is Social Media a Cause for Unhappiness?

By Jill Wright,

is social media a cause for unhappiness?

Since the earliest social networking websites appeared in 1994, the world has seen an enormous surge of participation in social media. Sites such as Facebook, YouTube and Instagram are the most popular, with a combined five billion active users every month. Their influence on society has been immense and it is likely to increase.

There are both positive and negative aspects....

Finding Work Life Balance

By Jill Wright,

finding work life balance

If success means keeping your head above water in all aspects of daily life, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to achieve. Left to juggle the demands of work, family, social life, personal life, exercise, one’s Facebook profile etc., all while perhaps studying or having a second job, many of us struggle. 

It might not be easy, but it is possible to keep...

How to cope with adolescent suicide in schools – a guide for parents

how to cope with adolescent suicide in schools – a guide for parents

Addressing the taboo topic of suicide is a difficult and sensitive undertaking for anyone. When such a disturbance takes place in the life of your child’s close friend and classmate for example, you would naturally want to be supportive without causing additional upset when they’re exposed to the grieving process at such a young and vulnerable age.

With suicide being the...

Do your homework on home work

By Jill Wright,

do your homework on home work

Managed to catch some  of an interesting piece on ABC Radio National's Life Matters yesterday on working from home, in which Bond University's Dr Libby Sander discussed the impact of working from home. 

Depending on aspects of your personality - whether you're disciplined or have an irresistible craving for (a) Netflix or (b) the contents of your refrigerator for instance...

Self-care for your mental health

By Jill Wright,

self-care for your mental health

Over the years, I've found the Lifehacker website a great resource, mostly for the intelligent application of technology. It turns out, though, that they also have some good advice on how to maintain good physical health, which just happens to be equally good for mental health too. And their advice on the free self-care you should be doing right...

New year, new goals

By Jill Wright,

new year, new goals

The New Year has begun, Christmas and 2018 is behind us; and with it comes a brand new, and yet familiar sense of motivation and good intentions: perhaps exercising more, eating healthier, saving instead of spending or even aiming for better communication with our partner. Thinking back to January last year, you may remember giving yourself a similar pep talk...

Paying attention to Adult ADHD

By Jill Wright,

paying attention to adult adhd

Teachers tend to flag children who are hyperactive and restless and/or easily distracted in the classroom environment. Often these children suffer from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

ADHD affects about 5% of children and can persist into adulthood. According to the American Psychiatric Association in 2013, as many as one in 40 adults would be diagnosed with ADHD if they...

An Alternative Therapy: Eye Movement Desensitizing and Reprocessing

an alternative therapy: eye movement desensitizing and reprocessing

Back in the late 1980s, when psychologist Dr Francine Shapiro first developed the theory that simple, guided eye movements could help the victims of traumatic experience process lingering thoughts that could cause flashbacks, terrifying nightmares and prolonged anxiety, it’s fair to say that her idea was not universally embraced.

It wasn’t until 2013, after dozens of successful studies, that the...

Q&A: Marriage Counselling After Kids

By Jill Wright,

q&a: marriage counselling after kids

Sian and Hugo* sought counselling because they were on the edge of giving up on their marriage. They had just become parents to twin boys and felt they were losing their relationship.
*Names changed for confidentiality 

Having a child places stress on any relationship, but Hugo and Sian have had a double dose with twins. Research...

Experiencing Loneliness in a World of Online Social Connection

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experiencing loneliness in a world of online social connection

Everyone feels lonely from time to time, but a persistent and consistent feeling of being alone can be a terrible burden. And In today’s society, with the constant buzz of online social interaction, it’s so much easier to feel isolated and left out.

It’s ironic because the instant gratification of a social media post “like” or comment is not the...


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