Is abstinence necessary to recover from substance abuse? Psychologist Jim Adsett has written an interesting article on abstinence versus cutting down.
Most people have felt depressed or sad at times. Depression can be a common reaction to the struggles in life, the experience of grief or loss, and fluctuating levels self-esteem. However, when these feelings tend to happen in intense amounts they may last for days, weeks or months. Intense sadness may include feeling hopeless, hopeless and worthless.
It is not uncommon when feeling depressed that a person may experience a depressed mood, fatigue, worthlessness, impaired concentration, insomnia, weight change and a lack of interest in activities previously found enjoyable.
The effects of depression
If left untreated:
- depression can affect your marriage, to the point where you may even wonder if you have fallen out of love with your partner;
- it can ruin relationships;
- cause problems at work;
- make other medical conditions harder to treat;
- lead to an increase in suicidal thoughts;
- and may also may increase risky behaviour such as alcohol and drug addiction.
Depression is not easy to live with or overcome by yourself. Luckily, professional help is available here. M1 Psychology has a number of experienced psychologists who can help you, or your child, overcome Depression. Call M1 Psychology now to make an appointment for a free Emotional Health Check-Up so that we can give you the extra support that you or your child needs.
Happiness is not an all or nothing experience. It takes practice to be able to focus on the positive and not the negative parts of your day. If you find that you often compare yourself to others, or have a tendency to dwell on the past and are unable to enjoy the present moment, seeing a psychologist can help. Through a variety of approaches such as CBT, ACT, and Mindfulness, you could be assisted to be able to promote your own happiness.
Only 1 in 5 women in Australia are satisfied with their body weight. The constant exposure from social media and tv adverts showing bodies that are not realistic or representative of the general population can easily stir up feelings of anxiety and impact our sense of self.
If you are struggling with body image issues, and/or would like to gain more control over your eating and weight, call 3067 9129 to make an appointment with one of our experienced Psychologists.
We have three choices in how to deal with relationship problems and difficult situations.
1. Choose to accept the situation as it is and go on coping as before.
2. Change how you respond to the actions and issues that are the cause of distress and difficulties.
3. Leave the situation … the job, a business partnership, a relationship. Nothing is worth the destruction of one’s self-worth, mental health, safety and well-being.
Corey Human is a counsellor with many years of experience and is an advocate for relationship counselling and education. He has found that none of these may be ideal, but when individuals are helped to work through careful and realistic consideration of these options, it can help return a sense of control over their lives.
Perfectionism is a tendency to strive unrealistically high standards. Perfectionistic people often based their self-worth on achieving these unrelenting standard, and continuing to pursue these goals regardless of the negative consequences and cost. Some typical behaviours of perfectionism may include excessive organising or list making, avoiding situation that may lead to failure, struggling to make decisions in appropriate period of time.
Even though striving for perfection is a very positive goal for people, if perfectionism starts to interrupt your ability to function at home, at school or at work, seeking some professional assistance is generally recommended. Ongoing intrusive perfectionism may lead to severe anxiety and depression in long term, as the ‘failures’ of not reaching unrealistic goals being to pile up.
Seeking assistance from a psychologist can be one of the best ways to help you (or someone you know) to reduce the impact perfectionism is having on their life. Psychologists may use techniques such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help you transform perfectionistic tendencies to work on your favour. Why not book in for a free Emotional Health Checkup online, or call 3067 9129 today.