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Worrying link between stress and depression

Edited by Jill Wright,

worrying link between stress and depression

To a psychologist in Melbourne tracking developments in mental health around the world, there seems to be an all but unbroken stream of mass media reports highlighting the dangers of depression and stories of its victims.

In the past week, for instance,...

A talk on Talking Therapy

a talk on talking therapy

The latest All in the Mind program on ABC Radio National is an interview the ABC's Lynne Malcolm conducted with two clinical psychologists, Professor Gillian Straker and Dr Jacqui Winship, co-authors of the recently published The Talking CureIt's definitely worth listening to. The link also provides a transcript.

That title was the description one of Sigmund Freud's early patients...

Advice for activists: Get therapy

Edited by Jill Wright,

advice for activists: get therapy

Patrisse Cullors, founder of Black Lives Matter, has some good advice for those of us who live in what The Guardian calls "impossible political times": get professional help from a mental health therapist.

She is one of 17 activists the newspaper interviewed for an article on strategies activists use to say motivated, and dare one say...

Australian psychiatrists should heed antidepressant withdrawal warning

Edited by Jill Wright,

australian psychiatrists should heed antidepressant withdrawal warning

Last week, British psychiatrists acknowledged that they had been too optimistic about the dangers of withdrawal from antidepressants. Having told patients for years that most people would be able to withdraw safely from the drugs within four weeks, they now acknowledge that some patients taking the pills long-term can experience serious side effects that can last much longer. 

The Royal College...

Prevent burn-out ... do nothing

Edited by Jill Wright,

prevent burn-out ... do nothing

I am becoming ever more fond of the New York Times' Smarter Living section, which bills itself as offering "stories that help you understand the world - and make the most of it".

Recently, for instance, its contribution to increasing its readers' understanding of the world extended to an article advocating doing nothing

A couple of years ago, it...

Some facts about phobias

Edited by Jill Wright,

some facts about phobias

This post is from one of Psychology Melbourne's psychologists, Natalie-Mai Holmes.

Phobias are much more common than you probably think. No fewer than 11 per cent of Australians are thought to suffer from an extreme, irrational and frequently debilitating fear of something that most people consider harmless.

Fear is a natural response to real danger, stopping us from doing risky things...

Is Social Media a Cause for Unhappiness?

Edited 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

Edited 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

Edited 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...