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More Australians Are Diagnose With Depression And Anxiety But It Doesn’t Mean Mental Illness Is Rising

By Anxiety, Depression, Mental Health

More Australians are diagnosed with depression and anxiety but it doesn’t mean mental illness is rising Anthony Jorm, University of Melbourne Image: Women are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression or anxiety as men. Eric Ward Diagnoses of depression and anxiety disorders have risen dramatically over the past eight years. That’s according to new data out today from the Housing Income and Labour Dynamics (HILDA) Survey, which tracks the lives of 17,500 Australians. The increase spans across all age groups, but is most notably in young people. The percentage of young women (aged 15-34) who had been diagnosed with these conditions increased from 12.8% in 2009, to 20.1% in 2017. In young men, there was a similar increase, from 6.1% to 11.2%. But this doesn’t mean Australians’ mental health is worsening. Read more: Explainer: what is an anxiety disorder? What’s behind the numbers? HILDA surveys collate data on the “reported diagnosis” of depression and anxiety disorders. Many people with these conditions have remained undiagnosed by a health practitioner, so it could simply be a matter of more people seeking professional help and getting diagnosed. To find out whether there is a real increase, we need to survey…

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Release Hypnosis Is Celebrating It’s 4th Anniversary

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Release Hypnosis Has Turned Four! We’re having a fourth-anniversary celebration! Come join us! Release Hypnosis has been with us now for four years and we’re so excited to have reached this milestone. Over the past four years, Release Hypnosis has been able to help people in quitting their smoking habit, losing weight, applying virtual gastric bands, manage their anxiety, finding acceptance with their sexuality and gender, resolve sexual issues, and letting go of negative emotions from the past that have created beliefs that were simply getting in their way. To celebrate reaching this milestone, we’re offering you a special deal; three sessions for the price of two! That’s a 33% discount! (Terms and conditions apply) If you have a problem, perhaps now is the time to consider how hypnotherapy can help you to make steps forward. What can Release Hypnosis Help With? At Release Hypnosis, we can help with a wide range of conditions. These include among others: Addiction and Recovery Motivation Anxiety Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Chronic Pain Depression Sports Performance and Motivation Improving General Confidence and Self-Esteem Insomnia and Sleep Disturbances Phobias Public Speaking Stress Management Stop Smoking (Smoking Cessation) Unwanted habits Virtual Gastric Banding Weight Loss /…

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Review: Avicii True Stories

By Addiction, Anxiety, Counselling, Depression, Habits, Happiness, Mental Health

Review: Avicii True Stories Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll You might wonder what place a review of a documentary about a dance music producer should have in a blog dedicated to mental health and wellness. For those who are unaware of the meteoric rise of Avicii (real name Tim Bergling) and his untimely passing, then this is a documentary that hits hard and raw. Avicii was only 18 years old when he was first discovered and began his career as a music producer and DJ. While performing in public never came easy for him, he performed over 800 shows in a short amount of time before finally retiring from touring at the start of 2017. What ‘Avicii True Stories’ really offers us is an insight into the torture that being on the road can be like for those people who suffer from stress and anxiety, and who really just want it to stop. As time goes on and it becomes more and more apparent that the touring lifestyle was taking too much of a toll on Avicii, we see his management continuing to push harder and harder for him to continue and to do more. Even in the final…

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Surviving Christmas 2018

By Anxiety, Depression, Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Shame, Weight Management

Surviving Christmas 2018 While many people look forward to the end of year celebrations, there are also many other people who struggle to survive and experience stress, anxiety and depression from the Christmas period. For some, Christmas can be a costly experience that impacts on their financial well being. It can be an overwhelming period for people who live with anxiety and depression. It can be a period where high expectations are built, both by ourselves and from others, which can often be hard to meet. It can be a period where we eat too much, drink too much, or just party too much in general, leaving us feeling out of shape, fatigued and not feeling our best. Don’t get me wrong; it can also be a time of joy, happiness, child like wonder and an opportunity for harmonious families to get together. For every joy of love, peace and happy families though, there are an equal number who simply wish Christmas would pass quickly. While not necessarily related, there has been recent research to indicate that Christmas music may not be good for your mental health. Now, I’m not sure if this is 100% true or not but it…

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Toxic Workplaces Are Feeding The Impostor Phenomenon – Here’s Why

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Toxic workplaces are feeding the impostor phenomenon – here’s why Amina Aitsi-Selmi, UCL and Theresa Simpkin, Anglia Ruskin University Research suggests that around 70% of people will experience an illogical sense of being a phoney at work at some point in their careers. It’s called the impostor phenomenon (also known, erroneously, as a syndrome). These impostor feelings typically manifest as a fear of failure, fear of success, a sometimes obsessive need for perfection, and an inability to accept praise and achievement. The phenomenon is also characterised by a genuine belief that at some point you, as the “impostor”, are going to be found out for being a fake in your role. The phenomenon has been researched for more than 40 years and recent research into women working in sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), suggests that there is a much higher incidence of it in women in these non-traditional roles. Despite being something that affects people at an individual level, the relationship between toxic workplaces and well-being is well established. It seems that the impostor phenomenon breeds from a mix of genuine personal doubt over work abilities and the collective experience of a toxic work culture. Simply put, our modern…

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Experiencing Stress? Download our FREE Relaxation Hypnosis

By Anxiety, Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy

Experiencing Stress? Download our FREE Relaxation Hypnosis! Everyday stress Everyone knows what it feels like to experience stress. Whether it be from work or relationships or finances or unexpected events in life, stress is a part of everyday life and, for many people, stress is on the rise as people find it harder and harder to just switch off. If you’re feeling like that, you’re not alone. According to Medibank research, the incidence of stress had peaked at the time of the research with the number of Australians affected rising from 3.7 million 2007-08 to over 4.9 million in 2016-17. What is stress Stress, in everyday terms, is a feeling that people have when they are overloaded and struggling to cope with demands. (source) It’s important to understand that stress, while uncomfortable to experience, does often serve a beneficial purpose. Stress helps the body to prepare when it suspects it is in danger. It’s hardwired into our psyche and allows the has the body going into the ‘fight or flight’ response and provide the motivation needed to get things done. However, when stress becomes all consuming and you feel incapable of responding, it can be completely cripple people too. Pick…

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Midsumma Festival Has Begun – OUTthink Update

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Midsumma Festival Has Begun – OUTthink Update Midsumma Festival Now is the perfect time to be in Melbourne as the annual Midsumma Festival has begun. The Midsumma Carnival last Sunday was an excellent opportunity to get out, enjoy the sun, and to take in the diversity that exists within our local LGBTQIA community. It can often be all too easy to forget that the LGBTQIA community is more than just a handful of gay clubs and the immediate circle that we associate with. It’s event likes Midsumma that help to get us out and about and to reconnect with our community. The importance of connection Research has shown the value and importance of connection to our own mental well being. It reminds us that we belong to ‘a tribe’ and that we can find people who understand and empathise with us, worts and all. Without this connection, we can often find mental health issues arising including stress, depression and anxiety, and even addiction. With that in mind, and despite Melbourne’s notoriously unreliable weather, go on and get out there. Connect with our community. Enjoy the sun and get the Vitamin D. OUTthink Update It still is a little way off…

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Maintaining Mental Health and Surviving Christmas

By Addiction, Anxiety, Counselling, Depression, Habits, Mental Health, Mindful Eating, Mindfulness, Therapy, Weight Management

Maintaining Mental Health and Surviving Christmas As I wrote last year, while Christmas is a time of joy and family for many, it can also be a source of pain, discomfort, and anxiety for others. For those who have lost or have no family, it can be a period of sadness with constant reminders of a ‘family Christmas’ lurking everywhere. For those who suffer from anxiety, it can be an extremely stressful period as they consider if this overload to the senses (or to their wallet) may leave them feeling apprehensive and on edge. Even just as a ritual in itself, Christmas can potentially trigger a lot of uncomfortable feelings for people that they would rather not experience annually. Then you have those people who are trying to maintain a healthier lifestyle. For those who are trying to lose weight or reduce their drinking or stop smoking, Christmas can prove to be a series of obstacles making their end goal just that little bit more challenging. Let’s face it, you would need to be a saint to get through Christmas without at least a handful of moments of self-indulgence. For some people, giving into this temptation may leave them feeling…

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Anxiety: Generalised Anxiety, Panic Disorder and Social Phobias

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Anxiety: Generalised Anxiety, Panic Disorders and Social Phobias: The Many Types of Anxiety In the last article, we looked at what anxiety actually was and the fact that anxiety is actually something we do to protect us via ‘flight or fight’. We looked at how anxiety is a response to fear and causes nervousness and worry, which can ultimately affect how we feel and behave. Due to the mind-body connection, when we believe the worst is going to happen, our body reacts as if that is happening and causes us to feel anxious feelings. This week, we’re going to spend some time looking at the different types of anxieties that exist. Types of anxiety There are six basic types of anxiety-related problems. These include: Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Panic Disorder Social Phobia and anxiety Specific Phobia Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) This week, we’re going to look at Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorders and Social Anxiety Disorder or Phobia. Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Most of us have situations in our lives that are worthy of worry or some anxious feelings. Going on a date, taking an exam or doing a presentation are all examples of situations where…

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The Facts About Anxiety and Hypnotherapy

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The Facts About Anxiety and Hypnotherapy Anxiety, Sabre Tooth Tigers and Smoke Alarms We all have experienced anxiety at some times in our lives. You might have to get up and do a speech and you can feel that nervous energy racing through the body. You might even find that you’re incapable of stopping your mind from telling you about how bad it is going to go and how everyone is going to think you’re an idiot. You’re convinced that you’re going to ‘stuff it up’, only to find that everything turns out to actually go fine. Yet, while you were busy imagining the worst case scenario, your mind-body connection ensured that your body responded in that moment as if the threat was real. In many ways, your mind allowed you to ‘time travel’ into the future, to creatively imagine the worst possible scenario in a way that was so convincing, you believed it to have really happened. In short, your anxiety hypnotised you. Anxiety is a normal part of life though. It is part of the ‘fight or flight’ response that has been hard-wired into our system since the time of primitive man. Look at it this way; back…

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