July 5, 2019
Anorexia Nervosa Risk Factors and Treatment

Anorexia Nervosa: Risk Factors and Treatment

Anorexia Nervosa is a serious psychological disorder that is characterised by a person’s core desire to be thinner and lose weight, and with an intense obsessional fear of gaining weight or being fat – despite being underweight. The disorder may begin with a seemingly harmless desire to be a bit thinner or more attractive. This simple desire can become problematic when the person starts to base their self-esteem upon losing weight and being ever-thinner, and restricts dietary intake with an increasing desire for control over the intake of foods.  Once anorexia nervosa is in full-swing, the person experiences extreme emaciation, and a refusal to maintain a normal body weight. People with anorexia starve themselves, despite being hungry. Among a range of medical and psychological side-effects of […]
July 3, 2019
Treatment for Childhood Trauma

Treatment for Childhood Trauma

Treatment for Childhood Trauma What is Trauma? When I was studying to become a psychologist, I learned about a study called the Adverse Childhood Experiences study1 (or ACE’s), and it blew my mind, broke my heart, and lit my heart full of passion all at once. The study found that with each traumatic experience a child had (such as physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, physical or emotional neglect, domestic violence, substance misuse within household, household mental illness, parental separation or divorce, and/or an incarcerated household member), the chance of being affected in some way during their adult life increased compared to someone who hadn’t experienced an ACE, and each added experience often doubled, tripled or quadrupled their chance of becoming ill. Experiencing ACEs are associated with […]
June 9, 2019
Chronic Illness Psychologist

8 Tips for Managing Chronic Illness

Living with a chronic physical health condition can be like sitting in the passenger’s seat enduring the journey while the health condition takes control of the driver’s seat dictating every move and turn. The questions is, is it possible for a person to manage a chronic disease, be back in the driver’s seat and take more control over their health? Before answering this question, let’s define chronic illness. Chronic Illness Defined A chronic illness or disease is a long term condition with ongoing effects according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. One way of understanding the word “chronic” is by looking at time rather than the intensity of symptoms. From the U.S. National Centre for Health and Statistics it is defined by the illness […]
May 11, 2019
DBT For Borderline Personality Disorder

DBT for Borderline Personality Disorder

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy or DBT is a cognitive behavioural therapy originally developed for treating Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Since its inception, however, its applicability has been broadened to other psychological ailments such as binge eating, depression, substance use and more. This blog outlines how DBT was developed, what is involved in DBT, and how to engage a Gold Coast DBT practitioner. What is Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)? Borderline personality disorder is a severe disorder of instability of mood, chronic feelings of emptiness, severe difficulties with interpersonal relationships, high levels of impulsivity, and often with high rates of suicidal and/or self-injury behaviour. BPD affects roughly 2% of the population at any one point in time and about 6% over the lifespan (Grant et al., 2008). In more […]
April 18, 2019
CBT Treatment of Eating Disorders Gold Coast

CBT Treatment of Eating Disorders

Do I Have an Eating Disorder? Do you have a love/hate relationship with food or eating?  Do you have an intense fear of putting on weight or getting fat (regardless of your body shape or appearance)?   With so much social pressure on how we look, your self-worth may be based on how thin you are.  Other signs include severely restricting your calorie intake by regular dieting or fasting, exercising excessively, vomiting after eating or using laxatives and diuretics. When your negative thoughts and feelings about your body image starts to control your life, you may have an eating disorder. Eating disorders can be dangerous and even life-threatening; interfering with your physical, psychological and social functioning. There are three common types of Eating Disorders including Bulimia […]
April 9, 2019

Bulimia: Risk Factors and Treatment

At the heart of the struggle with Bulimia Nervosa is an extreme focus and worry about weight and body shape, with a person’s sense of self and judgements of self-worth dependant on achieving a particular body shape and weight ideals. Thoughts often involve themes of low self-esteem; being dissatisfied with body image and need for perfection. A person with bulimia can experience cognitive distortions very intensely and frequently: All or Nothing Thinking e.g. “I can eat the whole box of chocolates or none at all” Overgeneralisation e.g. “When I ate carbohydrates I was fat, so I can’t eat them at all” Magnification or minimisation e.g. “If others notice I’ve gained weight, I can’t go out” Disqualifying the positives: “When they say I look healthy, they really […]

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