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Movember Edition: Men's Mental Health

By Daniel Quin,

movember edition: men's mental health

It’s stating the obvious but men do experience work, school, relationship, and personal stress. What is concerning is approximately one in five Australians will experience mental symptoms, each year. For men and women the most common mental health problems are anxiety and depression. However, where men differ is their seeking of help for their wellbeing. Men are significantly less likely to...

Seeds of better brain health

Edited by Jill Wright,

Interested in a healthier brain? You might want to listen to a Shrink Rap Radio interview with neuropsychologist Dr John Arden. Arden's latest book, The Brain Bible, offers some scientifically-backed advice - as opposed to various fads and gadgets offered on the internet - on practical things you can do to improve and sustain your brain health, and therefore your...

Not as busy as we think?

Edited by Jill Wright,

not as busy as we think?

Have you ever noticed that feeling of satisfaction you get when you're telling people just how hectic your life is? Does it make you feel important? According to sociologists researching the phenomenon, somewhere around the end of the 20th Century, "busyness" became a badge of honour. People started competing to cram ever more demands into their schedules, and bragging about...

Leave your brain alone

Edited by Jill Wright,

leave your brain alone

It's encouraging to discover that despite its name, Wired magazine actually isn't as enthusiastic as one might have imagined about the benefits of zapping one's brain with electricity. Its plea for caution on the part of enthusiasts for transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) using comparatively inexpensive headsets is an admirable piece of common sense. While the people who sell the...

Depressing news for Australian workers ... and bosses

Edited by Jill Wright,

One would have to say that the timing might have been a little better. First came the news, on Monday, that a survey by the Australian Psychological Association had found a disturbing level of stress, anxiety and depression in the national workforce. The APS psychologists interviewed 1548 workers for their Stress and Wellbeing in Australia report and discovered less satisfaction...