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Is Your Mental Health Deteriorating During The Coronavirus Pandemic? Here’s What To Look For.

By Mental Health, Therapy

Is your mental health deteriorating during the coronavirus pandemic? Here’s what to look out for Michaela Pascoe, Victoria University and Alexandra Parker, Victoria University Medicare-subsidised psychology and psychiatry sessions, as well as GP visits, can now take place via phone and video calls – if clinicians agree not to charge patients out-of-pocket costs for the consult. The changes are part of a A$1.1 billion coronavirus health funding package, announced yesterday, which includes A$74 million for mental health support services, including Kids Helpline, Beyond Blue and Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia. Read more: All Australians will be able to access telehealth under new $1.1 billion coronavirus program Before the pandemic, one in five Australians experienced mental ill-health every year. But the uncertainty and instability around coronavirus has the potential to exacerbate existing anxiety and depression and contribute to the onset of new mental health problems. So what are some of the signs your mental health might be declining during the pandemic? And what can you do about it? What are the signs of anxiety and depression? Mental illness results in physical changes as well changes in thinking, feelings and behaviours. Anxiety Common physical signs for anxiety include increased heartbeat or butterflies…

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No Wonder Isolation’s So Tiring. All Those Extra, Tiny Decisions Are Taxing Our Brains

By Anxiety, Emotional Release, Loss, Mental Health, Mindful Eating, Mindfulness, Therapy

No wonder isolation’s so tiring. All those extra, tiny decisions are taxing our brains Anxiety, depression, loneliness and stress are affecting our sleep patterns and how tired we feel. But we may be getting tired for another reason. All those tiny decisions we make every day are multiplying and taking their toll. Is it safe to nip out for milk? Should I download the COVIDSafe app? Is it OK to wear my pyjamas in a Zoom meeting? All of these kinds of decisions are in addition to the familiar, everyday ones. What shall I have for breakfast? What shall I wear? Do I hassle the kids to brush their teeth? So what’s going on? Read more: Here is why you might be feeling tired while on lockdown We’re increasing our cognitive load One way to think about these extra decisions we’re making in isolation is in terms of “cognitive load”. We are trying to think about too many things at once, and our brains can only cope with a finite amount of information. Researchers have been looking into our limited capacity for cognition or attention for decades. Early research described a “bottleneck” through which information passes. We are forced to…

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The Lifesaving Power of Gratitude

By Mental Health, Therapy

The lifesaving power of gratitude (or, why you should write that thank you note) Gratitude may be more beneficial than we commonly suppose. One recent study asked subjects to write a note of thanks to someone and then estimate how surprised and happy the recipient would feel – an impact that they consistently underestimated. Another study assessed the health benefits of writing thank you notes. The researchers found that writing as few as three weekly thank you notes over the course of three weeks improved life satisfaction, increased happy feelings and reduced symptoms of depression. While this research into gratitude is relatively new, the principles involved are anything but. Students of mine in a political philosophy course at Indiana University are reading Daniel Defoe’s 300-year-old “Robinson Crusoe,” often regarded as the first novel published in English. Marooned alone on an unknown island with no apparent prospect of rescue or escape, Crusoe has much to lament. But instead of giving in to despair, he makes a list of things for which he is grateful, including the fact that he is the shipwreck’s sole survivor and has been able to salvage many useful items from the wreckage. Defoe’s masterpiece, which is often…

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How To Get The Best From Your Online Hypnotherapy Session

By Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, Therapy

How To Get The Best From Your Online Hypnotherapy Session During the COVID-19 crisis, it is understandable that the safety of everyone through social distancing and innovative use of technology is paramount. As a result of this, Release Hypnosis has stopped seeing clients face to face for the time being and moved all the client sessions to either online or over the phone. While many may have had an initial reluctance to this, they’ve quickly come to recognise many of the benefits that this transition has offered. The two most notable of these is that there is no travel time and traffic to contend with, as well as allowing yourself the ability to feel more relaxed as you do the session in the comfort of your own home. Here are a few pointers that will help you to get the best out of your online hypnotherapy session. 1. Ensure you have a suitable space where you can relax and not be disturbed during your hypnosis session During self-isolation, some times trying to find a spot where you can remain undisturbed can be a challenge. Your session is likely to go for somewhere between one hour to an hour and a…

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You Can’t ‘Erase’ Bad Memories, But You Can Learn Ways To Cope With Them

By Phobia, Therapy, Trauma

If someone has a fear of dogs, a therapist might try to reframe their beliefs to ones such as: ‘most dogs are friendly’ Erik Odiin/Unsplash You can’t ‘erase’ bad memories, but you can learn ways to cope with them Carol Newall, Macquarie University and Rick Richardson, UNSW The film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind pitched an interesting premise: what if we could erase unwanted memories that lead to sadness, despair, depression, or anxiety? Might this someday be possible, and do we know enough about how distressing memories are formed, stored, and retrieved to make such a therapy possible? Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is a common treatment for anxiety disorders. The basic idea of CBT is to change the fear-eliciting thoughts that underlie a client’s anxiety. Read more: Explainer: what is cognitive behaviour therapy? Imagine the instance where a person has a dog phobia. They are likely to believe that “all dogs are dangerous”. During CBT, the client is gradually exposed to friendly dogs to cognitively reframe their thoughts or memories into something more realistic – such as the belief “most dogs are friendly”. CBT is one of the most scientifically supported treatments for anxiety disorders. But unfortunately, a recent…

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Release Making Hypnotherapy Accessible During COVID-19

By Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, Therapy

Release Making Hypnotherapy Accessible During CoronaVirus There is no denying that the Coronavirus has really impacted everyone uniquely. For many people, the pressures that it has placed on everyday life has caused an increase in stress and anxiety, especially around health and finance. I know that for many people, while they would like to continue with sessions to work on their mental health and wellness, there are concerns around safety and cost. My commitment is to ensure that people still continue to get the level of support that they need and with that in mind, Release has implemented new policy and pricing to make therapy continue safely and in a cost-effective manner. All sessions, for the time being, will be online Your health and safety are important and to ensure that you feel comfortable and can access therapy easily, all of our sessions will not be conducted online via Zoom. Zoom is a free, secure platform that can be used via your computer or smartphone/tablet. Release will provide you with the details to join your Zoom meeting as part of your email confirmation. If you have not used Zoom before, watch the short video below to see how easy it…

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Dissociative Disorders Are Nearly As Common As Depression. So Why Haven’t We Heard About Them?

By Mental Health, Therapy, Trauma

Dissociative disorders are nearly as common as depression. So why haven’t we heard about them? Mary-Anne Kate, University of New England Dissociative disorders are often said to be rare. But our soon-to-be published analysis of international studies suggest they affect 10-11% of the population at some point in their lives. This makes them nearly as common as mood disorders (such as clinical depression). So what are dissociative disorders, why is diagnosis controversial and how can people be treated? Read more: Mood and personality disorders are often misconceived: here’s what you need to know What is dissociation? Dissociation occurs when a person experiences being disconnected from themselves, including their memories, feelings, actions, thoughts, body and even their identity. People with dissociative disorders have one or more of the following symptoms: amnesia and other memory problems a sense of detachment or disconnection from their self, familiar people or surroundings an inner struggle about their sense of self and identity acting like a different person (identity alteration). For some people, symptoms can last days or weeks, but for others they can persist for months, years, or a lifetime. Dissociation allows the person to compartmentalise and disconnect from aspects of traumatic and challenging experiences…

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How Much Does Hypnotherapy Cost in Australia?

By Counselling, Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, Therapy

How Much Does Hypnotherapy Cost In Australia? I just want to know how much hypnotherapy costs… Imagine for a moment that you had a medical condition that was causing you enormous discomfort. You phone the doctor and you tell him the symptoms you’re experiencing. He tells you a list of possible causes that could be contributing to those symptoms. You would imagine in order to make a thorough assessment, the doctor would need to begin work and to go the process to assist you. For most people, the immediate question in these instances is, ‘when can I come to see you?’ In most cases when it involves mental health, it is ‘how much is this going to cost?’ Because mental health can often shape our reality, while living with it seems challenging, there almost seems to be more of a tolerance to this kind of mental pain than physical discomfort. When we see our loved ones experiencing mental anguish though, such as anxiety, stress, depression, or mental processes that encourage emotional eating and habitual behaviour, we have to wonder if they’re not being fooled by their own beliefs. So, if you’ve Googled and found this page and simply want to…

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The Practitioner’s Guide To Mirroring Hands

By Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, Therapy, Uncategorized

The Practitioners Guide To Mirroring Hands Richard Hill and Ernest Rossi For many hypnotherapists who are training, or even continuing their professional development, too often some training can tend to feel the same. Even recently, US hypnotherapist Scott Sandland posted a video where he blasted trainers who claimed to have a training that had ‘never been seen before’, promising ‘miraculous results’ and who were essentially offering what many could see as a magic bullet to dealing with their clients. Instead, in that video, he reminded every hypnotherapist out there about the importance of practice; to explore, refine and practice constantly on everyone from their clients during the day to their teddy bear at night, listening back to recordings made of your practice, watching other people practice. To continue to just show up, be present, observe, learn and become the best we can be NOT from some training that promises the world but from watching, learning, and putting it into practice. This would seem obvious, wouldn’t it? Yet I know so many hypnotherapists, myself included, who can often feel like we don’t know enough and that someone out there (inevitably) knows more. The self-doubt can kick in; ‘why would someone want…

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OUTthink – An LGBT Podcast Retrospective

By LGBTQI, Mental Health, OUTthink, Shame, Therapy, Uncategorized

OUTthink – An LGBT Podcast Retrospective This episode of OUTthink, we’re going back in time! Since beginning late 2016, I’ve been so fortunate to have been able to meet and chat with some truly inspiring people within the LGBT community and discuss their stories or gain their insights into some of the bigger issues that exist out there within our community. The challenge for me is that, as a podcast that has no intention to benefit financially, bandwidth can be limited and so we’ve reached a point where I have to clean up and create space. With that in mind, and with a desire to keep some of the key lessons and insights from the earlier episodes, we delve back to explore those initial handful of OUTthinks with our guests Daniel Cordner, Lisa Torney and Joe Busuttil. About Daniel Cordner Daniel was our very first guest way back in 2016. In fact, OUTthink went from being an idea to being a reality due to a catch-up and coffee with Danny where I found our conversation came so thick and fast that it prompted me to tell him about this podcast idea that I had and wondered if he would like…

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