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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.
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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.
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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.
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According to Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia (PANDA), one in seven new mothers and one in ten new fathers experiences postnatal depression or anxiety. In this latest Up Close & Personal essay, Diana Kirk shares with us her intimate experience with postnatal depression following the birth of her first son.
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We've been so blessed to receive some valuable feedback and advice from all of you from our website survey. One of the most wonderful suggestions and one of the easiest to implement is the introduction of our new Monthly Mental Health Mailbox segment!
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Have you ever faced difficulties in your job because of your gender? Have you ever had to work harder to prove yourself in your role simply because of your sex? Unfortunately people encounter discrimination everyday for many reasons, including their gender. Guest writer Diana Kirk let's us into her world owning and operating a company in the male dominated real-estate industry where sadly, even in 2017 misogyny is alive and well.
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I first met Lisbeth several years ago in The Literary Kitchen where we were both writing students of American author, Ariel Gore. We reunited two weeks ago back in the Kitchen in a Personal Essay Intensive class. This very personal essay about Lisbeth's experiences living with and managing bipolar affective disorder and symptoms of psychosis lept from the computer at me and I begged her to share it with us at The Psychology of It. We're so grateful she did.

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Saturday, 02 July 2016 15:26

Dear Scarlett

Scarlett, 6, wrote to us at The Psychology of It asking for a "scientist" to help her understand "that if we all just die anyway, why do we live?" Below is my open letter to Scarlett.

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Saturday, 18 June 2016 18:21

Outraged - by Diana Kirk

First there was the silverback gorilla shot and killed at an Ohio zoo when a toddler fell in his enclosure. The video went viral across social media.

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Welcome to the second and final part of Mindful, with Dog, a thoughtful and reflective piece by American writer and editor of Penduline Press, Bonnie Ditlevsen, about her experiences of being mindful with her dog Chewbacca (Chewy) and her camera.

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