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Body dysmorphic disorder, all in the mind?

17/8/2014

  ‘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% …

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Robin williams commits suicide due to depression

13/8/2014

  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 …

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COMFORTABLY SHY by JO STANLEY in THE SUNDAY AGE

27/7/2014

  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 …

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TEENAGERS EXPERIENCING MORE ANXIETY & DEPRESSION

13/7/2014

  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 …

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MEGAN WASHINGTON, ARIA AWARD WINNING SINGER, HATES PUBLIC SPEAKING

8/7/2014

  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 …

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Extroverts won’t go to Mars? Introversion Versus Extroversion

23/6/2014

  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 …

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BEV AISBETT IS GIVING A FREE TALK ON HER EXPERIENCE OF DEPRESSION & ANXIETY

11/6/2014

  11/6/2014 Bev Aisbett is a well known Australian author, illustrator and artist who has suffered from depression and anxiety. Bev wrote her autobiography, ‘All of It’ as well as a number of self help books looking at depression and anxiety. She is also an artist who exhibits regularly. I was contacted by Ashburton Library and …

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FEAR OF VOMITING TREATMENT IS SUCCESSFUL FOR 85% OF PEOPLE WITH EMETOPHOBIA

26/5/2014

Monday 26/5/2014 Whilst reading the Sunday papers, and indulging in a delicious raspberry muffin yesterday, I came across an article in Herald Sun’s, Body & Soul supplement May 25 2014 about fear of vomiting treatment. Kylie Stevenson has written an informative article about emetophobia. Some people fear vomiting in public, whilst others fear their own vomit or …

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TIPS FOR COPING WITH ANXIETY FOR CHILDREN

21/5/2014

21/05/2014 Primary school children may worry about their parents getting divorced, be afraid of dogs or the dark. Therefore some children need to learn how to cope with anxiety. ‘Go Away Mr Worrythoughts’ is a stage show targeted at primary school children which gives tips on how to cope with anxiety.   Go Away Mr Worrythoughts is …

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Anti-Anxiety Drugs Double Your Risk of Death ?

17/5/2014

17/5/2014 A large study (which can be found online in the British Medical Journal   http://www.bmj.com/content/348/bmj.g1996 )  by  researchers at the University of Warwick, England, has found that several common anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills were linked to  an increased risk of death.   The study followed  people who had had prescriptions for anti-anxiety drugs like Xanax and Valium …

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