When people realise they may be struggling with their gambling habits or other mental health issues, the first question a psychologist often hears is, “why me?”. The answer is usually unique to each individual and can be explored during treatment. However, there are a number of common risk factors that can predispose someone to experiencing gambling issues.
There is no prescribed limit to say how much gambling is too much but if you can answer yes to more than four of the following questions about yourself or a loved one, it may be time to seek help.
The stages of change are frequently talked about in relation to problems with addiction so we’ve outlined the kind of journey you can expect through these stages if you struggle with gambling, substance, or alcohol-related behaviours.
As we start to hit Autumn those New Year resolutions can begin to feel a bit like a distant memory. Good on you for choosing to make a change, whether it be getting up the first time your alarm sounds or reducing a behaviour that you feel may be holding you back from achieving certain goals.
Do you run out of sheep to count every night or is that good old 90s tune, Insomnia, totally your jam? According to the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health, sleep difficulties plague up to 45% of Australian adults, which can have serious mental, emotional, and physical repercussions. Read on and see if you can make any of these simple amendments to your habits for a better night’s sleep.
You know your friend has been going through a tough time and has been a bit depressed recently, but how can you tell if things are more serious and they’re thinking about ending their life?
Suicide is a scary topic to think about let alone discuss with someone you may be worried about. You may not be sure what to do or feel anxious about what to say to someone at risk but starting a conversation could save their life. Take a deep breath and use the following to guide you through the first steps of helping your friend, family member, or work colleague.
It’s normal to feel nervous before an exam but some students experience more severe levels of anxiety that impact their performance. If excessive fear of failure, sweaty palms, a racing heart, blank mind sound all too familiar, check out our cheat sheet for combating the anxiety. Start Preparing Early Tutors are usually happy to provide…
2019 started with a big bang for PsychMed. Over the last few years, PsychMed have worked tirelessly to implement some gold standard, Australia-first treatment programs for a variety of mental health concerns. Having demonstrated a high level of efficacy, our next challenge was to figure out how to make these programs more accessible to those…
This is a really interesting time for drug policy as jurisdictions around the world are implementing extreme and widely divergent approaches to recreational drug use that amount to an amazing series of social experiments in how to address drug problems. Portugal represents one end of a liberalization continuum. Since the early 2000’s they have approached…