Category Archives: Anxiety Blog

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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TEENAGERS EXPERIENCING MORE ANXIETY & DEPRESSION

  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...
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MEGAN WASHINGTON, ARIA AWARD WINNING SINGER, HATES PUBLIC SPEAKING

  8/7/2014 I don't get to watch much TV so I missed seeing Megan Washington on ABC's Australian Story program this week. She was talking about how she had a stutter from the age of 5 . Megan did a TED talk where she publicly spoke about her stuttering and how she had spent years trying to hide and minimize her stutter. Megan said she had been "living in mental dread of public speaking" and that if she had to public speaking, present awards or be interviewed she felt "like (there was) a piano sitting on ( my) chest. The Australian Story program was made after she gave her TED talk.   Megan Washington has said that ...
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Extroverts won’t go to Mars? Introversion Versus Extroversion

  23/6/2014 Today I was bit surprised, but delighted to get a call from ABC 702  radio's  The Drive Show program hosted by Richard Glover. I was invited to participate in an on air discussion about introversion and extroversion. I hadn't looked at the news today but apparently  there are plans for people are going to Mars. Well some people are going to Mars and extroverts apparently  may not be acceptable to  NASA.   The literature says you can be introvert, an extrovert or an ambivert ( a combination of introvert and extrovert).  Extroversion/ introversion are generally considered to be on a continuum. Extroverts tend to be talkative, assertive, gregarious, enthusiastic people who tend to get...
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