Exercises to boost creativity and wellbeing

Creativity can help reduce stress and anxiety, increase positive emotions and improve selfesteem. The winter months can leave you feeling particularly tired and uninspired. It may seem like there is little you can do to get through it and it’s just something you need to let happen, but this is not the case. Explore these …

Why See a Psychiatrist?

BUT HE DOESN’T HAVE A COUCH FOR ME TO LIE ON….  I DON’T KNOW A PSYCHIATRIST WHO USES A COUCH! The image originated with Sigmund Freud in the days when there was no scientific based treatment for mental illness. Really? Yep, Freud had all sorts of theories of the mind, eroticism, oedipal complexes (based on …

What is a Panic Attack?

What is a panic attack and what to do about them? A friend of mine, Matt, is an accountant at a large firm. He was going through a particularly stressful and busy time at work and hadn’t been sleeping well. Prior to a business meeting one morning he suddenly felt his stress and anxiety levels …

Farmers Frustrated

Farmers frustrated by the mental health puzzle. Suicide rates are 40% higher outside metro areas and higher again among the agricultural community. Bob Katter claims “A Farmer dies by suicide every four days”. This is hard to provide one way or the other due to a lack of reliable data but the point remains that …

Co-occurring Addiction & Mental Illness

“To the extent that we respond to the health needs of the most vulnerable among us, we do the most to promote the health of the nation.” —David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., former U.S. Surgeon General (News Hour, Jan. 21, 2002 ) Co-occurring mental disorder and addiction are so common that you should enquire in every …

Baclofen – Is it useful for alcohol addiction?

Addiction is a brain disease that involves changes to brain structure and function. That is why a decision to stop using is so often ineffective and psychological treatments are only part of the solution. So are there any drugs that help? Ameisen, a French Cardiologist who moved to New York as an Associate professor in …

Addiction Treatment

Addiction treatment is planned to help individuals stop compulsive drug seeking which occurs despite obvious evidence of harm. Treatment can occur in a variety of settings, take many different forms, and last for different lengths of time. Because addiction is a chronic relapsing condition, lapses (short term) and relapses (serious and difficult to stop) are …