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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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BODY DYSMORPHIC DISORDER, ALL IN THE MIND?

  '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...
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ROBIN WILLIAMS COMMITS SUICIDE DUE TO DEPRESSION

  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...
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COMFORTABLY SHY by JO STANLEY in THE SUNDAY AGE

  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...
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