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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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Release Hypnosis Is Celebrating It’s 4th Anniversary

By Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy

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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Midsumma Festival Has Begun – OUTthink Update

By Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, LGBTQI

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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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 07/05/17

By Confidence, Counselling, Emotional Release, Happiness, Weight Management

Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 07/05/17 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 success (or lack of) with weight loss, insight into group counselling, stress and the nervous system, working with a fear of success, the psychology of music, h and how to find happiness at work. 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 #205 – Successful in So Many Ways Except Weight Loss 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…

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 02/04/17

By Anxiety, Mindfulness, NLP

Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 02/04/17 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 how meditation can change the brain, behaviours and personality, getting unstuck, anxiety and stress reduction methods, belief changing, and a fascinating webinar with one of the co-creators of NLP, Richard Bandler. 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. Dr Joe Dispenza on How to Change Subconscious Programs (Part 1) By Reprogramming Mind In this video Dr Joe Dispenza talks about his workshops and how meditation can change the brain, behaviours and personality. How to get unstuck (when nothing you’ve tried seems to work) By NLP Life “How to get unstuck when nothing seems to change.” Feeling stuck, not sure what to do? Everyone has times where our best efforts just don’t seem to move the dial or we find feeling stuck. The trick is to not stay there! In this video I share 4 tips on how to…

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A Soldier And A Sex Worker Walk Into A Therapist’s Office. Who’s More Likely To Have PTSD?

By Anxiety, PTSD

A soldier and a sex worker walk into a therapist’s office. Who’s more likely to have PTSD? Mary-Anne Kate, University of New England and Graham Jamieson, University of New England When we think about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), we most often think of soldiers traumatised by their experiences of war. But the statistics tell another story. While about 5-12% of Australian military personnel who have experienced active service have PTSD at any one time, this is about the same (10%) as rates for police, ambulance personnel, firefighters and other rescue workers. And while these rates are significant, they are not vastly different to rates in the general Australian population (8% of women and 5% of men). PTSD is actually most common in populations with a high exposure to forms of complex trauma. This involves multiple, chronic and deliberately inflicted interpersonal traumas (physical and sexual abuse and assaults, emotional abuse, neglect, persecution and torture). Sex workers, women fleeing domestic violence, survivors of childhood abuse and Indigenous Australians are far more likely to have experienced this complex trauma. In these groups, between 40% and 55% are affected by PTSD. So, how and why does their complex trauma differ from the PTSD we…

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