Trivial Tribulation

So there’s the wrong milk in your macchiato, or you can’t upload your latest selfie because your smartphone just run out of juice. Your poor thing. We may scoff at so-called First World problems, but should we?

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Anxiety in Social Situations

Social phobia, or Social Anxiety, is the term used to refer to the persistent fear or discomfort experienced in situations involving social interactions or social performance or in situations where there is the potential for scrutiny by others (American Psychiatric Association [APA], 2013). The concern for those who experience social anxiety is that they will…

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, commonly termed OCD, is the title given to the condition in which the person develops intrusive thoughts, images or impulses (e.g. obsessions), usually alongside associated compulsive behaviours. OCD is a treatable disorder that can affect both males and females of all ages. It is the fourth most common mental health disorder, and…

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Are You What You Do?

Our occupation plays a big part in our sense of identity and our wellbeing. So why does our day job – whether it’s as a dentist or designer, poet or police officer have such an impact on us?

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Quirky or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

Eccentricity and cleanliness have become synonymous with OCD. Telling a friend they are “a little OCD” is a subtle way of telling them they need to relax a little. What are the implications of this association and does it matter? Jason was referred to me from his General Practitioner. He had moved back with his…

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Students may learn stress from parents, study finds

PARENT stress is highly contagious, with kids struggling to deal with their personal problems. A new study has found almost 40 per cent of upper primary school students think they worry too much, and that their parents’ stress may be the source. Parents needed to encourage kids to focus on their strengths to keep calm,…

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