Mental Health Professionals Explained

Mental Health Professionals Explained

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between Counselling, Psychotherapy, Psychology and Psychiatry? Did you think all mental health providers are the same? Well, I’m here to dispel the myths. Psychiatrist A psychiatrist has attended medical school, is a trained and qualified physician and therefore holds an M.D. (Doctor of Medicine) degree. In residency, he or she received specialised training in the field of psychiatry. Just like...

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Happy Wife Happy Life – NOT!!!

Happy Wife Happy Life – NOT!!!

This is just a quick little post, this time of year most people don’t have much time to spare. Jeez don’t I hate this saying, especially when it’s misused or used incorrectly!!!!! It’s not about laying down, letting her walk all over you or using you as an emotional punching bag or door mat, for her to wipe her feet on.   That’s definitely not the right meaning of this saying. What it actually means is if the wife...

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Burnout / Compassion Fatigue

Burnout / Compassion Fatigue

Did you know if you can’t say no you can end up with burnout, compassion fatigue or (as it was known years ago) a nervous breakdown. So what is burnout or compassion fatigue? Burnout is a type of psychological stress.  Burnout or compassion fatigue is characterised by exhaustion, lack of enthusiasm and motivation, feelings of ineffectiveness and can also have the aspect of frustration, anger or cynicism and as a result...

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No, No, No – I said No!!!!!

No, No, No – I said No!!!!!

  Did you know that saying ‘no’ can actually lead to less stress in our lives? A 2010 Iranian study showed higher assertiveness & saying no leads to a less stressed live. Interesting! While saying no can lead to all sorts of internal talk, conflict, fear of rejection, arguments, negative reactions, it can also be a powerful thing.   Not being able to say no tells people they are higher up the food chain than you are, their...

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Depression – It’s not a one trick pony

Depression – It’s not a one trick pony

Depression isn’t always about feeling bad, it can be emotional numbness or alexithymia (a difficulty in experiencing, expressing and describing emotional responses in words).   It keeps overt depression away. Have you heard of reactive depression before? I hadn’t until recently. It’s in relation to external events or circumstances, a response to major stress such as a break up, death of loved one, divorce, workplace...

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Mindfulness – It’s not as new as you think it is

Mindfulness – It’s not as new as you think it is

We all hear in the media all the time about being mindful, whether it’s mindful eating or mindful living, conscious this, conscious that, it’s about being in the hear & now, which can be very difficult when we’re all juggling hectic lives, families, jobs, friends, fitness, you name it, we juggle it. This is not a new concept, we all know someone who was/is really good at  one thing, so they are myopic, one eyed, mindful...

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