Category Archives: Anxiety Blog

Help for Hoarding Not Enough so People Buried Alive

Hoarding is a serious psychological condition where people acquire too much stuff, have difficulty getting rid of stuff and may be disorganized. Hoarders end up having their lives taken over by clutter. Recently I did some home visits and the houses were no longer functional as homes. They had turned into storage units. Unfortunately the residents homes were health hazards as they had been cluttered up for many years with some rooms packed to the ceiling with items and all rooms not being functional. One can't cook in the kitchens, can't wash in the laundries or sleep in the bedrooms etc. I wish politicians could see the conditions some people are...
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Take Many Selfies? You May Have Body Dysmorphic Disorder

The rise of social media and smart phones has led to selfies being commonplace. Celebrities and politicians are known for taking selfies to show off their famous friends. Remember Barack Obama taking photos of himself with other world leaders at Nelson Mandela's funeral. Supermodels and actors post selfies of how great they look in a bikini.   However, David Veale, a UK psychiatrist specializing in body dysmorphic disorder, has said that BDD sufferers are obsessively taking photos of themselves to check their appearance for defects. Body dysmorphic disorder is a psychological disorder in which a person becomes obsessed with imaginary defects in their appearance or is drastically over concerned about a slight physical...
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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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