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Social Anxiety

Edited by Jill Wright,

social anxiety

Social anxiety is the third largest mental health problem and most common anxiety disorder worldwide today. Sufferers are characterised by irrational fears of social situations, being negatively judged and evaluated by other people, provoking feelings of embarrassment, inadequacy and insecurity. Often perceived by outsiders as simply being shy, awkward or a bit different, for those experiencing it, feelings of distress...

What happens in an Intensive Short –Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) session?

what happens in an intensive short –term dynamic psychotherapy (istdp) session?

This post is by Psychology Melbourne psychologist  Aisha Seedat-TimolI am often inspired in my work by a quote from American psychotherapist Jon Frederickson, founder of the ISTDP Institute, in one of his books, The Lies We Tell Ourselves:"Life is hard, but psychological suffering can be unbearable. To find a way to bear it, we may seek a good therapist. But...

Stress and anxiety in times of adversity

stress and anxiety in times of adversity

By Paula Teggelove (Paula Teggelove's next online short course on Managing Stress and Anxiety begins on August 3) From this Thursday, as Victorians advance further into lockdown conditions, we will all have to wear face masks when we venture from home. It’s important that we don’t try, at the same time, to mask what we are feeling and experiencing as a...

Anxiety, Coronavirus and solutions

Edited by Jill Wright,

anxiety, coronavirus and solutions

Increasing fears about the spread of Coronavirus (or COVID-19 as it's now designated), can have a dual effect.  As I discovered this morning, when I went to the local pharmacy to pick up a prescription, in some cases it causes significant anxiety that manifests in different ways. One effect was evident from a casual inspection of the pharmacy shelves: hand...

Overwhelmed? Here's some coping strategies

overwhelmed? here's some coping strategies

Radio National's Life Matters hosts Hilary Harper and Michael Mackenzie had an interesting talk-back session last week on what these days is an increasingly common phenomenon: feeling overwhelmed. As bushfires swept the northern States, and The Age assured us that Victorians too will face catastrophic conditions later in the year, I was beginning to feel a touch overwhelmed myself. These days,...

Ways of talking to yourself

Edited by Jill Wright,

Just in case you're worried about the fact that from time to time you find yourself engaged in conversation ... with yourself ... it's not a sign that you should seek professional help. As a recent article in the New York Times points out, talking to yourself - what the professionals call "external self talk" - isn't eccentric. It's something...

Anxiety and School

By Daniel Quin,

anxiety and school

School has numerous social and academic challenges. A child who experiences anxiety may struggle to embrace these challenges and make the most of school opportunities. Recent Australian research found that 7% of children have experienced an anxiety disorder in a 12-month period. The rates for boys and girls were similar. What does Anxiety look like? Excessive worries School refusal Decline...

Two great free apps to help you cope with anxiety

Edited by Jill Wright,

two great free apps to help you cope with anxiety

Did you know that anxiety disorders affect 1 in 7 people in Australia each year? At Psychology Melbourne, we've been able to help a lot of people escape from anxiety, and the prison that it can so often represent. Some of the signs of anxiety include constant worrying, being unable to relax and having difficulties sleeping and concentrating. Our practice...

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