Linda Thomson, B Soc Sci, M Couns, M Social Work, Member of AASW. Sometimes our career paths can resemble more of a zigzag than a straight line; this was definitely true of my career progression. In 1998, I completed a Bachelor of Human Services … More...
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and anxiety are common co-morbidities – around 70-90% of IBS sufferers who seek treatment have psychological disorders. Stress is a common trigger for IBS, so a person with anxiety would be experiencing regular high levels of stress thereby at risk of triggering their IBS more often. However, looking at it from a […]
Simply walking your dog and engaging in outdoor activities with your pets is a good way to naturally boost your energy, increase your fitness levels and help reduce heart disease, cholesterol and blood pressure. In fact, owning a pet may have a number of physical and mental health benefits, such as: dogs and cats prevent […]
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex and lifelong developmental disorder. It is characterised by “marked difficulties in social interactions, impaired communication, restricted and repetitive interests and behaviours, and sensory sensitivities” (Autism Spectrum Australia, 2015). Without treatment, people with ASD can suffer from severe impairments of daily functioning and may have a heightened risk of […]
Anxiety is very common and experienced by most people at some stage of their lives. Anxiety is a normal automatic response that is triggered during threatening situations as part of your body’s ‘flight or fight’ response. Symptoms you may have experienced usually fall under three common categories: Physical: panic attacks, hot and cold flushes, racing […]
Bulimia Nervosa is a condition where perceptions of body weight and body shape can undermine a person’s self-evaluation. It is usually characterised by recurrent episodes of binge eating (eating a larger than normal sized meal) within a two hour period. These binging episodes are then followed by behaviours designed to compensate for the binge. This […]
For most people, the first few panic attacks were stressful because you didn’t know what was happening. Now, you can identify the racing heartbeat, sweating palms, trembling and feeling of being out of breath. The new question becomes “how do I cope with the fear of having another panic attack?” Often, this fear can contribute to increased […]