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AM I GAY?

"Am I gay? " or" am I a lesbian?  are questions that some people may find has become an intrusive thought causing them a great deal of distress and anxiety. Intrusive thoughts about one's sexuality may be a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Although the person asking themselves the question "Am I Gay? or Am I  lesbian? may be very accepting of same-sex relationships, have gay and/or lesbian friends, etc they are feeling tortured by uncertainty as to their own personal sexual orientation.  Over the years  I have had a number of clients who are married (or in heterosexual relationships) and even have children, and they are plagued by intrusive...
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CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT AND THE PSYCHOLOGIST

 

OVERCOMING ANXIETY, DEPRESSION & ANGER

Chronic pain can lead to hopelessness, depression, anger and anxiety disorders such as panic, generalised anxiety, hypochondriasis and post traumatic stress disorder (see studies cited in Winterowd, Beck& Gruener, 2003). This is not surprising as chronic pain sufferers may have many other negative events and stressors to deal with such as: losing a job, experiencing financial hardship and having increased stress upon families. Sufferers also may have to contend with unpleasant side effects of medication such as constipation, weight gain and tiredness. Furthermore, chronic pain patients may find that they can no longer engage in activities that they enjoyed such as hobbies, crafts and sports, or that their participation in such activities...
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The Stress of Not Knowing If He’s Mr Right – Dating Anxiety

Dating can be stressful and anxiety provoking  in a number of ways. Some people fear dating to the point that is a social phobia, that is they have an extreme fear of being negatively judged or evaluated so they avoid dating altogether or only go on dates if they have had a few drinks to calm their nerves. However, other people have no difficulty with the dating process other than worrying whether their partner is Mr/Ms Right.  This worry may be justified and within normal limits, however some people suffer from generalized anxiety and consider their worrying to be, excessive,  uncontrollable and impacting upon their physical and psychological well-being. There are a...
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Hoarding Hits The Headlines

Hoarding has hit the headlines in recent weeks as some residents of Boonara Avenue, the Balboas, have had a clean up forced upon them by the Waverley Council. According to media reports, the Waverly council has to date spent approximately $300,000 on legal fees and numerous prior clean-ups. The media have reported that items such as : bricks, tins, jars, wrappers, discarded electrical items, tiles, toys, trolleys, luggage and books were removed from the yard of the property.   Mary Bobolas, a 73 year old woman, was arrested and charged after allegedly lashing out and spitting at a police officer as workers removed rubbish from the property. http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2014/04/14/12/02/bondi-hoarder-arrested-after-police-confrontation   Obviously, this case has been very challenging and costly for the...
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