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Time spent weeding, potting and pruning can be as good for the gardener as it is for the garden. Image from www.shutterstock.com

The science is in: gardening is good for you

A growing body of research literature suggests time spent gardening is as good for the gardener as it is for the garden.
While technology is not always a replacement, it can offer increased choice and flexibility. Nadezhda1906/Shutterstock

Is online therapy as good as talking face-to-face with a clinician?

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.
The therapeutic relationship can be as important as the type of therapy. In this photo, occupational therapist Carly Rogers (second from left) talks to military veterans at the surf therapy program she founded, in Manhattan Beach, California. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Does psychotherapy research with trauma survivors underestimate the patient-therapist relationship?

While evidence suggests that the therapeutic relationship is a critical part of psychotherapy, the impact of the relationship often isn't studied in clinical trials for trauma survivors with PTSD.
Therapy, drugs or exercise? The depression treatment journey can be difficult to navigate. Eduardo Millo/Flickr

You’ve been diagnosed with depression, now what?

So you're depressed. You know this because a health profession has told you so, or because there is no mistaking the symptoms. Perhaps you've been depressed before. What now?
Vasopressin may be used to treat social deficits in children with autism. kids with ball, from shutterstock.com

Autistic kids low on vital social hormone, study suggests

Increasing autistic children's levels of vasopressin, a hormone that regulates social behaviour, could help treat the social deficits common to autism, research suggests.
Usually I feel on edge during flight turbulence but recently I employed several techniques that helped to calm me down. Dawid Cedler

High anxiety: how I use mental exercises to ease my fear of flying

Many who suffer from anxiety tend to blame themselves for their "tricky" brains. Compassion-focused exercises can soothe horrible bouts of anxiety, as they did for me on a recent trip home from Bali.
The process of therapy is challenging and takes courage. Photographee.eu/Shutterstock

Explainer: what is cognitive behaviour therapy?

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.
We know deaths in families have a profound psychological impact. Why, then, do we expect grief to be a tidy process? Michael Shaffner/Flickr

Death and families – when ‘normal’ grief can last a lifetime

When I was three years old my brother was born. He had a heart condition, and after being in and out of hospital for the whole of his little life, he died when I was five. The time after he was gone was…
Silent suffering? The Thinker by Albino Flea

Men, masculine pride and how to cope with depression

Masculinity plays an important role in dealing with problems such as depression. Men often don’t feel able to reach out for assistance because both the symptoms of depression and the act of seeking help…
Treatment allows offenders to develop better coping skills and improve their interpersonal functioning. Shutterstock

The role of therapy in rehabilitating sex offenders

As a clinical and forensic psychologist, I assess and treat sex offenders, ultimately to minimise the risk of reoffending and help keep the community safe. Thanks to the proliferation of research and clinical…

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