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Paying attention to Adult ADHD

Edited 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...

Tips from a Life Coach

Edited by Jill Wright,

tips from a life coach

So what’s a life? Here’s some ideas that relate to coaching. Life is a learning event extending over years with regular stages, levels, domains and conditions for success. Career, family, social connection…all are normal domains of a life. Our chances of ‘success’ are very high in basic biological stages: baby, child, adolescent, adult, elderly…but put three or four aspects together...

Mild Autism Spectrum Disorder

Edited by Jill Wright,

mild autism spectrum disorder


I was with a friend and her four-year-old son in the offices of a maternal and child health centre when the nurse told my friend to “Get him assessed immediately!.”

According to the nurse, “It could be Autism Spectrum, but most likely a mild form.” I know...

Mindfulness

By Rebecca Carlson,

mindfulness


Would you like to be able to maintain your focus longer, work more efficiently, be more relaxed, or be more engaged in day to day life? These are just some of the benefits that can come from the practice of mindfulness.

So, what is mindfulness?  

Mindfulness teaches us to focus our attention...

Understanding the Symptoms of ADHD

Edited by Jill Wright,

understanding the symptoms of adhd

ADHD is characterized by a persistent behavior of inattention, hyperactivity and/or impulsivity, which is stronger in presentation than what is usually observed in an adult or children of a normal development. These three factors: inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, are the main forms of presentation that can vary in their symptoms...

What our psychologists know - and some others don't

Edited by Jill Wright,

We couldn't help but be slightly proud of ourselves today, when we came across an article in one of the world's great popular magazines, Atlantic Magazine, on the blind spot that most psychologists have on the importance of data in obtaining better therapy outcomes.

Headed "What Your Therapist Doesn't Know", the article, by Seattle-based clinical psychologist Dr Tony...

Maintaining our Mental Health

By Kate Baxter,

maintaining our mental health

Why do we place so much more importance on our body than our mind? For comparison, look at two ways you manage your physical health – a visit to your GP versus working out at the gym. 

  

You go to a GP to treat a medical problem; you feel symptoms and seek treatment to return...

Music beats the blues - play away depression

Edited by Jill Wright,

music beats the blues - play away depression

 Yesterday I ran into a colleague at the sporting club we both belong to. He had lost a good deal of weight, but he seemed quite unhappy, and not particularly well. 

He told me he had lost 13kg over a matter of weeks ... largely, he said, by not eating and not sleeping. He told me a psychiatrist had...

The psychology of loneliness

Edited by Jill Wright,

the psychology of loneliness

It seems that one of the consequences of modern life is a growing epidemic of loneliness.

In Britain, loneliness is increasingly being viewed as a serious public health issue, particularly in those older than 60, that is beginning to be addressed by local government programs and the National Health Service.

As the fascinating New York Times article reveals, fire...

Parents, here's five reasons why you should consider video counselling

Edited by Jill Wright,

If you're a parent who just can't make it into a clinic for an appointment, then video counselling may be the solution for you.

Video counselling is a convenient and flexible way for parents and children to access expert counselling services and advice in real time.

Just like face-to-face counselling, video counselling allows your and your child or adolescent to...