Illness anxiety disorder is a serious mental health condition. But it can be treated.
When does a healthy concern about your health tip over into illness anxiety?
Some mental health apps claim to track your mood over time, while others claim to “cure” your mental ill health with hypnosis.
While some respectable organisations have lists of recommended apps, very few of these apps are supported by experimental evidence.
The logic is that violence is a choice, so men can be reasonably expected to stop.
Thousands of Australian men are sitting on waiting lists every year to get help to end their violent behaviour – even though behaviour change programs can reduce their likelihood of offending again.
Behavioural activation rivals other therapies and medication in the treatment of depression.
Behavioural activation aims to increase engagement in activities we value, which boosts our chances of deriving pleasure and a sense of achievement from life.
There is a clear link between pain and depression, but does pain make us depressed, or does depression cause pain?
Having already had depression or anxiety increases the risk of developing persistent pain, and developing a chronically painful condition dramatically increases chances of becoming depressed.
While technology is not always a replacement, it can offer increased choice and flexibility.
Smartphones, tablets and computers are increasingly expanding the availability of health services. This means we can access help anonymous at a time and place that suits us.
Anger and aggression are the “fight” side of the “fight or flight response”.
You're at the park with the kids. Everyone's having fun, and then a strange dog appears, baring its teeth. Your protective response is the evolutionary function of anger.
Clinical perfectionists constantly strive for ambitious goals and judge their self-worth on the achievement of these goals.
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Some clinical perfectionists avoid or procrastinate because they fear not being able to meet their desired standards.
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It might be that teaching people to reframe their thoughts about winter can help them overcome seasonal affective disorder year after year.
Australians are less likely to see a person with an anxiety disorder as warranting professional help.
Australians have come a long way in understanding depression. Most recognise the symptoms and believe in the value of professional help. But anxiety disorders have been left behind.
Trichotillomania is a psychological disorder that leads people to compulsively and uncontrollably pull out their own hair.
People with trichotillomania often pull to the point of causing complete hair loss even though that's never intended or desired. And this eventually leaves them feeling depressed and isolated.
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The mindfulness technique is being blindly sold and we are buying it hook line and sinker.
The process of therapy is challenging and takes courage.
If you or someone you care about experience an emotional problem it won't be long before you hear that cognitive behaviour therapy, or CBT, is probably the treatment of choice.
The series is an excellent demonstration of real-world challenges facing families and practitioners.
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