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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Introduction to Mindfulness 3 Ways

Mindfulness is no longer just having a moment – it seems to be here to stay and forms a key part of many psychological therapies. Mindfulness is simply paying attention to the present moment non-judgementally with openness and curiosity. Informal practice involves directing your full attention to regular activities, like washing the dishes or brushing…

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Quick Guide to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is a structured form of therapy developed by American psychologist, Marsha Linehan, to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD). It is based on cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), but has been adapted to meet the needs of people who experience emotions very intensely. It can also be used to treat other conditions, like…

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Why Do Psychologists Make Me Complete So Many Questionnaires

Trust us, we know it can be frustrating completing a mountain of paperwork and questionnaires when you may already be nervous about your first appointment with a new psychologist. Then, just when you think the torture is over and you’ve got comfortable with your therapist, they make you do more a few sessions in -…

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Myths About Depression

Feeling low or sad is part of the normal human experience, especially when we have a bad experience or lose someone or something important. However, a sustained change in mood with additional symptoms that constitute a change in your usual functioning may indicate a depressive episode. Firstly, what is depression? Us psychologists use a specific…

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5 Reasons to Volunteer

There’s so many ways to volunteer that there’s a role for everyone. If you’re thinking about taking the plunge – good on you! We could talk about the amazing benefits of giving your time and experience for free all day but we know you want to go research all the possible things you could do,…

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Quick Guide to Interpersonal Psychotherapy – IPT

Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) is a brief therapy based on attachment and interpersonal theories. It focuses on resolving interpersonal issues that are causing mental health difficulties, like depression. Depression isn’t always caused by a problematic relationship but it can affect relationships when the sufferer seeks isolation, turns their focus inwards, or acts out. The goals of…

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Top Tips to Ace Your Dream Job Interview

It’s natural to feel nervous about a job interview, particularly if you think the stakes are high because it’s that once-in-a-lifetime, perfect role at just the right company. Before you get too overwhelmed or melt into a puddle of anxiety, take a breath and read a few tips we’ve compiled to help you through. Anticipate…

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Recognising when to Ask for Help

We’re all worried for our physical health at the moment but what about our mental health? In times of uncertainty, change, or loss it’s normal to struggle but some may experience more mental health difficulties than others. These are a few common mental health disorders we’ve seen more people presenting with at the moment. So…

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Making the Transition to Working from Home

Working from home isn’t new for some, but for others it may be a challenging transition to move away from the routine hustle and bustle of the workplace. Some members of PsychMed are currently self-isolating and working through changes just like the rest of Australia. These are some of the tips we talked about together…

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