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In our latest Conversation on the Couch we chat to the beautiful Cathy Crawford, a doting daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, friend...the list goes on. I first met Cathy when I joined her workplace in Newcastle in 2002. My first job was to order a bunch of flowers to be delivered to her in hospital after her breast cancer surgery that day. Little did I know, I was about to adopt a surrogate mother/big sister/role model/mentor. Cathy has been there for some of the hardest times life can dish out and that's why I knew she'd give us an amazing, inspiring Conversation on the Couch. Thank you Cath! x
This week, we received a response to our article Diabetes: An Introduction by one of our readers who was happy for us to share her comments with all of you. We welcome you to write to us about anything and everything and if you think it might help someone else, we'll post it on here. Thank you so much for reading our articles and being willing to have these conversations - human to human.
Published in Up Close & Personal
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.
Published in Analyse This
Worldwide, obesity has doubled since 1980. In 2014 the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that 1.9 billion adults were overweight with 600 million of those being obese. Obesity kills more people per year than being underweight and it is preventable. Bariatric surgery - weight loss surgery - are surgical methods to help people achieve weight loss. This year, Texan writer Rocky Hatley underwent surgery to achieve weight loss. As at the time of posting, Rocky has lost 42.18kg (93 pounds)!
He's written a three part Up Close & Personal account of his journey for us. You can find Part I here and Part II here. This is the third and final part. Thank you Rocky for sharing this unique personal insight into your experiences.
Published in Up Close & Personal
Worldwide, obesity has doubled since 1980. In 2014 the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that 1.9 billion adults were overweight with 600 million of those being obese. Obesity kills more people per year than being underweight and it is preventable. Bariatric surgery - weight loss surgery - are surgical methods to help people achieve weightloss. This year, Texan writer Rocky Hatley underwent surgery to achieve weightloss. He's written a three part Up Close & Personal account of his journey for us. This is the second part. Read Part I here and Part III here. Thank you Rocky for sharing this unique personal insight into your experiences.
Published in Up Close & Personal
Melissa is a loving partner, daughter, sister and aunt who lives for her family and friends. She's a lover of exercise who'll travel near and far for live music and she recently commenced her own bookkeeping business. Melissa also shares her singing voice regularly in a local band and duo. In her spare time, she's organising a fundraising event for Love Your Sister.
Thank you Mel for this heartfelt Conversation on the Couch. x
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!
Published in Analyse This
Saturday, 20 May 2017 07:35

Thirteen Reasons Why: 13 Deliberations

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.
Published in Analyse This

Despite having many physical similarities which make us human, we are actually all as unique as finger-prints. We see this in so many of our differences in our tastes, our likes and our dislikes. We also see this is variations in responses to treatments.

Published in The Coping Toolkit
Saturday, 29 April 2017 15:08

Grief & Loss: The Psychology of It

"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
Published in Analyse This
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