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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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What is Social Anxiety?

14/5/2014

When interviewed by the media, I often find myself answering the question “What is Social Anxiety?“ The crux of social anxiety is  an excessive  fear of being negatively evaluated. Sufferers worry that other people will consider they are e.g. boring or stupid or incompetent if they appear awkward,  say or do anything they consider is embarrassing, or …

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Does Generalised Anxiety Disorder make you ” a danger to society”? Psychiatrist says “Yes”.

14/5/2014

14/5/2014 Have you  been following the trail of Oscar Pistorius,  a double amputee athlete, who fired four shots through a locked bathroom door and killed his girlfriend, 29  year old lawyer and model, Reeva Steenkamp?   If you have, you are probably aware that a psychiatrist for the defence, Dr. Vorster, has stated that Oscar has had an …

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SOCIAL ANXIETY ON AIR AT ABC RADIO NATIONAL

9/5/2014

I am delighted to have been invited to discuss social anxiety on air at ABC Radio National next Tuesday morning with presenter Phil Kafcaloudes and Terry Laidler (forensic psychologist and working at The Global & Cultural Mental Health Unit, University of Melbourne). The segment on social anxiety starts at 9.30am so I will have to get up …

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If You Fear Presentations You MUST read These Public Speaking Tips

7/5/2014

I just stumbled across a great article about overcoming your fear of public speaking by famous American atheist, author, philosopher & neuroscientist, Sam Harris. Sam starts his article on public speaking anxiety by reporting that American President Thomas Jefferson was said to be scared of addressing Congress. John Adams said of Jefferson “During the whole time …

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Motorists Have Fear of Driving A Car But Driving Anxiety Treatment is Available

7/5/2014

07/05/2014   Driving  a car is probably the most risky thing many of us do. A recent survey by Allianz Insurance, reported in  The Herald Sun on February 28th 2014, has discovered that 79% of the 1000 drivers they surveyed had worries about driving.   17%  of motorists surveyed reported that they decide not to make a certain …

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Overcoming Anxiety Attacks, Moby Is A Success Story

24/4/2014

24/4/2014 Moby, the successful American musician, DJ, photographer, and singer/songwriter, has divulged that he has experienced anxiety since he was child. His apprehension and worry escalated into panic attacks when at the age of 19 he tried LSD. For many years Moby avoided dating or self medicated with alcohol in order to avoid anxiety attacks.   …

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Help for Hoarding Not Enough so People Buried Alive

22/4/2014

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 …

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Take Many Selfies? You May Have Body Dysmorphic Disorder

21/4/2014

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. …

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