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Psychologists are well-placed (in my opinion) to know what denotes a 'normal' human experience. We are privileged to share the inner
workings of humans on a daily basis after all, able to observe commonalities in stories, concluding that many of us share incredibly similar experiences. Yet often, we feel as though we're the only ones who... Here in Analyse This we bust those faulty beliefs wide open by normalising the most common of human experiences. But wait, there's more! We'll also be throwing in some practical coping strategies too. Who needs more steak knives anyway...

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Welcome to our introductory article on Diabetes Mellitus. We are lucky to be joined by Diabetes Educator, Ann Morris, for a series of educational and informative articles about living with diabetes. Ann and I formed a successful partnership at St John of God Healthcare around seven years ago. I'm happy to say that Ann is a wholistic pracititioner who works from a biopsychosocial perspective, referring people regularly to mental health practitioners like myself, to assist her patients who maybe experiencing complications such as diabetes burnout, depression and anxiety. I'm proud to collaborate with her in practice, and also on these articles. We hope you find them useful.
Have you ever wished you exercised more, ate less junk-food, didn't drink as much alcohol, could quit smoking or change any number of other lifestyle factors to improve your health? Well, this article is for you!
Thirteen Reasons Why is a 13 part Netflix television series based on the book of the same name by Jay Asher. It's a controversial tale about bullying, abuse and teenage suicide that is currently stimulating hundreds of thousands of passionate conversations all over the world.
"Mental health conditions during pregnancy and early parenthood can affect anyone, and occur in every culture. Like depression or anxiety that occur at any other time, these mental health conditions don't have one definite cause - rather, they are likely to result from a combination of factors." Beyond Blue
"Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them." Tolstoy
The following article in our series on depression focuses on the second goal of the World Health Organisation's (WHO) recommended management plan for the treatment of a depressive disorder - the treatment of depressed mood with psychotherapy. 
Three hundred million people world wide live with depression. The Black Dog. The Dark Storm. The Tar Pit. The Black Hole. But what is depression and what causes it? Read on to learn the opinions of several mental health clinicians in this first of our The Psychology of It series on depression.
Last weekend, while walking with my fabulous friend and her nine-year-old daughter, I was called in to "co-parent" (I love that my friend refers to me as that - such a privilege and so generous!). You see, for the first time in her life, little Miss Nine wanted to cut her very long and luscious, thick brown hair which virtually touches her bottom it's that long! The girls at school all have hair just below their shoulders and her mum worried that perhaps the only reason she wanted to cut her hair was to be like everyone else.
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