5 Factors That Affect Your Mental Health

Taking care of your mental health requires more than a weekly meditation session and a spare 10 minutes to sit and recharge. Read up on the following factors that affect your mental health and discover what you can do to maximise the positive in your day to day activities. Physical activity We have all been inundated with the benefits that exercise brings, but did you know your daily dose of …

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“I Know I’m Enabling But . . .” Recovery from Addiction in the Family

After working with the loved ones of people struggling with addiction for nearly 30 years, I’m still amazed by how many come to their first session with me and say “I know I’m enabling, but . . .” Do you have an addicted loved one in your life? Are you already aware that you’re doing things you probably shouldn’t be doing, in the guise of ‘helping’ them? And even if …

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Victorian Researchers Awarded $270 Million to Develop Next Generation Breakthroughs

Melbourne’s world-class researchers have been handed more than 40 per cent of Australia’s latest medical research funding to spearhead the next generation of advances. Research into cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and mental health have been given the greatest priority under $640 million worth of medical research grants to be announced by the Turnbull Government today. Victoria’s leading institutes and hospitals will receive the biggest slice of the research spending, provided …

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Harvesting Your Health

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) individuals and communities continue to be a topic of focus in Australia, a nation founded on an identity of immigration. While prevalence of mental illness in these groups mirror those of a white Australian population, those from CALD backgrounds often report higher symptom severity, greater social isolation, a reduction in feelings of community, and are often less likely to be formerly diagnosed. There is a …

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Uncovering Emotional Abuse through Addressing Emotional Eating

Obese, BMI 33, the author overcame emotional eating using an EMDR addiction protocol. Visualising where and when she wanted to eat her comfort food, bread, re-experiencing the physical sensations of consuming bread, anticipating the desired positive emotion of security, she desensitised using eye movements. Desire to Eat (DTE) score was 7, (0 no desire, 10 uncontrollable urge). After twelve sets of eye movements, DTE was zero, eating bread stopped giving her …

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What Are The Benefits of Sunlight?

Sunlight and Serotonin While too much of the sun’s warm rays can be harmful to your skin, the right balance can have lots of mood lifting benefits. Sunlight and darkness trigger the release of hormones in your brain. Exposure to sunlight is thought to increase the brain’s release of a hormone called serotonin. This is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused. At night, darker …

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Chronic pain sufferers risk addiction

Health groups are calling for greater oversight for prescription painkillers amid concern sufferers are at serious risk of addiction. An increasing number of chronic pain sufferers are being prescribed pharmaceutical opioids, which can be highly addictive. Rising trend of prescribing opioids for treatment The supply of oxycodone has increased significantly in the past two decades. According to research from the Victorian Department of Health’s Malcolm Dobbin, the drug’s supply has …

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