Psychology Facts to Psych You Out – Part 3

It’s that time again – the blog post where we get our weird and wonderful (but evidence-based) geek on. Did you know any of these funky facts? Stress can be a good thing. According to the Yerkes-Dodson law there’s an empirical relationship between performance and arousal. This means there’s an optimal level of stress related…

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The NDIS, PsychMed, and You

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is designed to support individuals with disabilities to reach their goals and integrate with their community while giving them autonomy over who they work with. Mental health support can be instrumental in working towards personal, social, and emotional wellbeing. It is well documented that mental health conditions, like depression…

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International Day of Charity – 5th September

The International Day of Charity was created by the United Nations to raise awareness for the benefits of individual and commercial volunteering and philanthropic efforts. The 5th September was chosen to commemorate the anniversary of Mother Teresa’s passing – a fitting date considering she dedicated her life to helping others. PsychMed works closely with the…

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Accepting Uncertainty

Will I get the job? Will my house sell? Will my presentation go well? Many of us have worried about how future events may turn out at one time or another but for some people, feeling uncertain about things outside their control can be intolerable. These individuals may experience extreme levels of stress and anxiety,…

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What the Fortnight?! The Rise of Internet Gaming Disorder

How much time do you spend looking at a screen every day? As technology advances and life moves further online, mental health continues to evolve. There’s no doubt that being plugged in has had a positive effect on mental health and treating it (telehealth, anyone?) but it has also resulted in a rise of new…

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Caring for the Carer

Caring for someone you love who is unable to care for themselves properly can be immensely rewarding but also incredibly challenging. When your days are spent prioritising the needs of someone else, you can forget that you also have needs of your own. Unfortunately, this can mean carers sometimes struggle with physical or emotional exhaustion,…

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4 Myths about Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a chronic mental illness characterised by distortions in thinking, perception, emotions, language, sense of self, and behaviour. People will commonly experience auditory, visual, or tactile hallucinations or delusions, which are fixed, false beliefs. It significantly impacts day-to-day life and affects educational and occupational ability yet individuals often also have to manage stigma and…

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Online Gambling & Gaming – Think Twice Before You Get Hooked

Self-isolation brought an increase in spare time and boredom for many so it’s not a coincidence that we saw a spike in online gaming and gambling. Throw the new Centrelink payments in the mix and there’s an ongoing risk for many to seek entertainment online. If you’ve started dabbling in the world of online gambling…

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5 Myths about Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a condition commonly misunderstood by the general population and sometimes even health professionals. A diagnosis can carry a lot of stigma, particularly because of the way BPD can impact the lives of people around the individual. What is BPD? According to the DSM-5, BPD is characterised by pervasive instability of…

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Chocolate Lovers – This One is for You

Easter in isolation and some big emotions because of COVID-19 restrictions may have seen your pantry filled with more chocolate than usual. Chocolate often gets a bad rep for being sugary and unhealthy but it actually has some benefits when it comes to mental health. Psychologically speaking, the darker the chocolate, the bigger the benefit…

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International Day of Friendship – 30th July

The restrictions of 2020 have seen many of us get creative in maintaining friendships and staying in touch with loved ones when Friday night cocktails or sports practice had to be suspended. There’s no doubt that self-isolation and social distancing have been tough but finding ways to stay connected has been instrumental in staying mentally…

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Re-opening the Flood Gates

We may all be excited by the prospect of COVID-19 restrictions easing and life starting to get back to normal, but with hotels, pubs, and casinos slowing returning to capacity there comes a word of caution for some. For people with a history of gambling-related issues, the reopening of venues may have been like the flood…

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