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Getting Mental Health On The Line – weekending 29/01/17

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – weekending 29/01/17 This is a weekly post to act as an additional resource for both clients and fellow therapists alike. This week, we’re presenting some of the best from the past week featuring topics as diverse as the value sleep has on mental health, the benefits of meditation, a 10 minute taste of mindfulness, exploring the potential faulty perception of self, and LOTS in regards to the craft of hypnosis itself from the likes of Rory Z, Jason Linett and James Tripp. If you have a video that you would like featured in our weekly roundup, then drop Lawrence a line with a link to your video. Preventing Vulnerabilities How Sleep Impacts Mental Health By AllCEUs Counseling Education A useful podcast that explores the functions of sleep, the sleep cycles and why they’re important, how much sleep is enough and how lack of sleep can lead to feelings of depression, anxiety and irritability. There are also tips and techniques around sleep hygiene. 3 Surprising Benefits of Meditation | Emily Fletcher By Mindvalley Academy Founder of Ziva Meditation, Emily Fletcher, shares 3 of the most surprising benefits of meditation, all of which will improve…

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Why It’s Often Still So Difficult To Be Out And Proud

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Why it’s often still so difficult to be out and proud Elizabeth McDermott, Lancaster University A few months ago, I interviewed a 19-year-old bisexual woman and asked her why she had found it so difficult to “come out”. She replied: “I just had hate coming at me from all sides”. It may seem odd that a young woman living in the UK has experienced hostility because of her sexual orientation. The UK has made many legislative changes to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) equality – such as anti-discrimination laws and same-sex marriage. But although laws have changed, negative attitudes to LGBT people unfortunately still exist. Hate crime towards LGBT people remains a persistent problem in the UK. And new figures compiled by Galop – a LGBT anti-violence charity – show that homophobic attacks have increased 147% in the three months after the Brexit vote. Which suggests the rise in hate crime seen after the EU referendum wasn’t just confined to racism or Islamophobia. Part of the problem is that we live in a world where everyone is presumed to be heterosexual/straight – and as a society we still like to think that everyone fits comfortably into a male…

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TEDTalks and Hypnosis

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TEDTalks and Hypnosis Hands up who loves a TEDTalk? Who doesn’t? They’re like lecturers that are only a quarter of a length but four times as interesting. Best of all, when it comes to topics that you have an interest in, they can provide that really useful bite-size insight that just makes it all worthwhile. And we’re all about sharing here at Release Hypnosis, which is why we’ve found a handful of TEDTalks that you can check out on the topic of hypnosis. Hypnotize Yourself | Dan Candell | TEDxAuburnMiddleSchool Dan Candell guides us in the art of personal hypnotism as we awaken our minds to change the world we’re living in. Dan Candell is a world class hypnotist who has worked with Olympic medalists and celebrities to maximize their performance abilities. Hypnosis + music = hyp-note-therapy: James Giunta at TEDxNavesink Master Hypnotist, and musician, James Giunta invites the audience to engage its playful mind to become more receptive to creativity, concentration, and mastery. Music is hypnotic, and can influence mood and attitude with immediate results. It’s possible to train the mind using favourite music at any time. The powerful combination of music + hypnotic suggestion has potential to influence…

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Quitting Smoking Reduces Stress, Depression and Anxiety

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Quitting smoking reduces stress, depression and anxiety Fron Jackson-Webb, The Conversation Quitting smoking is associated with reduced depression and anxiety, and has a similar effect to antidepressant drugs for mood disorders, British researchers have found. Published today in the journal BMJ, the study shows the improvement in mood, stress levels and quality of life is as large among the general population as those with existing mental health disorders. The researchers, from the universities of Birmingham, Oxford and Kings College London, set out to test the assumption that tobacco improves users’ mood. “Although most smokers report wanting to quit, many continue as they report that smoking provides them with mental health benefits,” the authors said in the paper. The researchers analysed the results of 26 studies that assessed the mental health of participants before and after they quit. Participants had an average age of 44, smoked around 20 cigarettes a day, and were followed up for an average of six months. They found consistent evidence that stopping smoking is associated with improvements in depression, anxiety, stress, psychological quality of life, and positive feelings compared with continuing smoking. The effect sizes are equal or larger than those of antidepressant treatment for mood…

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Explainer: What Is Social Anxiety Disorder?

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Explainer: what is social anxiety disorder? Peter McEvoy, Curtin University Most of us would admit to feeling shy from time to time, or anxious about public speaking: the larger the crowd the greater the terror. It’s also not unusual to feel awkward while making small talk with unfamiliar (or uninteresting) people. But a significant number of people find these situations utterly mortifying. Social anxiety disorder (or SAD) is diagnosed when the fear of criticism or rejection by others becomes chronic and debilitating. People with SAD see themselves as incompetent and inferior, and others as judgemental and hostile. They believe they will be rejected when others see how anxious and awkward they are, or hear the stupid or boring things they say. While criticism is an occasional and unpleasant part of life for most of us, people with SAD believe they will be criticised and rejected virtually every time they are around other people. They also believe that there is a high personal cost to being criticised – if others criticise me then I am a failure. SAD dictates what courses can be studied (those that don’t require speaking in front of the class), what jobs can be applied for (able…

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – weekending 22/1/17

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Getting Mental Health On The Line Weekending 22/1/17 This is a weekly post to act as an additional resource for both clients and fellow therapists alike. This week, we’re presenting some of the best from the past week featuring topics as diverse as the psychology of eating, OCD, self-hypnosis, diet science, relationships and emotional needs, practice building, and a look into how to identify the signs before feeling the impact of life-changing crisis. If you have a video that you would like featured in our weekly roundup, then drop Lawrence a line with a link to your video. The Psychology of Eating Podcast: Episode #175 – Finally Getting Comfortable in Her Own Skin By Institute for the Psychology of Eating The Psychology of Eating Podcast features real people, and real breakthroughs. For more than 3 decades, Marc David has helped millions discover the true causes of their unwanted eating habits like overeating, binge eating, emotional eating and the inability to lose weight. In this unscripted show, Marc coaches real clients using his unique blend of psychology and nutrition. Then he peels back the curtain to explain why he asked the questions he asked. Whether you want to transform your relationship…

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Brains Transform Remote Threats Into Anxiety

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Brains transform remote threats into anxiety Kevin LaBar, Duke University Modern life can feel defined by low-level anxiety swirling through society. Continual reports about terrorism and war. A struggle to stay on top of family finances and hold onto jobs. An onslaught of news coverage about Ebola. At the heart of issues like these lies uncertainty – the unknown likelihood of how ongoing crises will evolve over time. Worries knocking on the door When unpredictability or uncertainty prods us to consider the prospect of a bleak future, it fuels a state of apprehension that scientists study in the form of anxiety. Anxiety sits along a continuum of defensive behaviors we use when threats are somewhat remote from our current experience. It’s less extreme than the full-on fear elicited by direct, acute situations like an immediate physical attack. Anxiety triggers the release of stress hormones and reorganizes our priorities to prepare for a future threat. Cognitive effects include repetitive worries, hyper-vigilant scanning for signs of trouble in the environment, and attentional and memory biases toward threat-related material. In our age of terrorism, for instance, people worry about flying. When they do fly, people are prone to take particular notice of fellow…

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OUTthink Podcast: Living with Disability – Part 2

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OUTthink Podcast: Living with Disability – Part 2 In the latest OUTthink Podcast, we continue our discussion with Joe who talks about what it is like to find himself becoming disabled after years of excellent health. In this open and frank discussion, Joe talks about the impact the illness had on his life as well as the learnings that the experience has offered him. He discusses how he now retrospectively noticed ‘the signs’ that was leading to this crisis and offers up solid advice for those who might be experiencing the same. He discusses his own exhausting struggle, caught between the behaviours that he had in perfect health and the challenge of allowing himself to be vulnerable and asking for help. It is an insightful conversation that offers up food for thought for those who believe that they can ignore the signs that the body offers up without the risk of unexpected and unwelcome change. Joe discusses how surrendering to the situation has helped him, allowing the reality of the situation to aid him in finding solutions. He talks about society’s need to want everything now and, in his opinion, gay men even quicker, and talks about how learning to…

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Australians Understand Depression, So Why Don’t We ‘Get’ Anxiety?

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Australians understand depression, so why don’t we ‘get’ anxiety? Anthony Jorm, University of Melbourne Australians have come a long way in understanding depression. Most recognise the symptoms and believe in the value of professional help. But anxiety disorders have been left behind. National surveys of “mental health literacy” show Australians are far less likely to recognise symptoms of anxiety. Around 15% of Australians suffer an anxiety disorder in any given year. This includes generalised anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social phobia, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. When given a description of a person who is depressed, around three-quarters of survey respondents recognise the person is “depressed”. With PTSD, only a third get the label correct. For social phobia, it’s less than one in ten. Australians are also less likely to see a person with an anxiety disorder as warranting professional help. Everyday worry One reason for lack of understanding is that anxiety is something everyone experiences. And it’s not always a bad thing. Anxiety is necessary for our survival, because it protects us from danger. It can also motivate us to improve our performance in situations such as exams, sporting competitions and public speaking. But, like many good things,…

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How Does Hypnotherapy Work With Weight Loss?

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How does hypnotherapy work with weight loss? “It seems like no matter what I do, I just can’t seem to lose the weight.” If you were to come up with a ‘top five’ of presenting issues that people approach hypnosis for assistance to change, weight loss would be up near the top. For many people, hypnosis has proven to be really beneficial in their desire to manage their weight successfully with some saying that they found that they no longer felt the desire to eat the quantity that they had before or that their desire to eat the ‘problem foods’ simply seemed to disappear. While the claims can be very appealing, it still doesn’t explain how it works and so I wanted to take a moment to talk about what your hypnotherapist would be looking for in meeting with you and what approaches they may decide to take. Of course, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to using hypnosis for losing weight. Consider this; if there was one absolutely sure-fire, guaranteed way to lose weight quickly, easily and permanently, probably every other approach would simply disappear through redundancy. The fact that we are all different human beings who have come to…

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