'Ugliness: it's all in the mind' was a news heading that caught my eye this morning in 'The Sunday Age'. Apparently, researchers at Melbourne's Swinburne University of Technology have found that a significant number of people wanting cosmetic surgery to remedy appearance flaws have brain abnormalities. These brain abnormalities are found in approx. 1-2% of the population. The research has found that the brain abnormalities are chiefly found in the occipital cortex where the brain does the majority of its visual processing. However,some people also have abnormalities in the frontal cortex which processes emotions. If someone only has abnormalities in their visual cortex, they will have problems correcting visualising themselves when they look at their body. However if the frontal...Read more
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13/08/2014 Like millions of other people, I was saddened to hear of the death of Robin Williams. As a child I watched many episodes of Mork & Mindy and I even recall his first appearance as Mork on Happy Days! I can't say I was such a devoted fan that I watched every movie he was ever in but I did see Good Will Hunting in which he played a therapist, Good Morning Vietnam in which he had the role of a radio announcer, Patch Adams and Mrs Doubtfire, in which he played a housekeeper. Robin Williams generated many chuckles for TV viewers and movie goers. Hopefully, Robin Williams will be remembered more for his highly entertaining...Read more
27/07/2014 This cold Sunday morning I grabbed the paper for a quick read and found that Jo Stanley had written an article "Comfortably Shy'. Jo is the co-host of Weekend Breakfast on the Today Network and has a reasonably high media profile. It is always good to see celebrities being open about experiencing shyness and social anxiety, so thanks to Jo for helping to destigmatize the condition. Apparently, Jo Stanley gets anxious back stage . "It was always backstage where I felt my heart racing, in the terrifying moment of ( dramatic sound effect) talking to strangers. When all social graces escaped me, small talk became a foreign language and natural banter floated over my head as...Read more
13/07/2014 Anxiety and depression in teens on the increase? According to an article by Amy Corderoy, in The Age newspaper Saturday July 12, 201, a review of 19 studies in 12 countries has found that more teenagers are getting anxiety and depression than they did approximately ten years ago. A child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr Bor, who is based at the University of Queensland, and Mater Research at Mater Hospital, says that more girls are experiencing depression and anxiety than boys, but there has been a increase in the incidence of depression and anxiety for both sexes. The studies found that 30-50% of teenage girls were experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression. Dr Bor attributes the...Read more
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