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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.
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
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A Bariatric Journey - Part III

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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A Bariatric Journey - Part II

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
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Health Psychology

We're so excited to announce that for the second half of 2017, The Psychology of It plans to somewhat remove their clinical psychology hat, and replace it with their health psychology hat!
Published in New Things

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
"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
Published in Analyse This
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.
Published in Up Close & Personal
"If you're pretty crazy then you're in good company because the human race as a whole is out of its goddam head." Albert Ellis - founder of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) and pioneer in the development of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).
Published in The Coping Toolkit
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