October 9, 2013

Melissa’s Top 10 Parenting Tips for Managing Child Misbehaviour

All children have times where they will have behavioural or emotional outbursts. This can be triggered by things such as change (in family dynamics, routine, friendships), stress in the family or school environment, illness, and the parents own emotions and behaviour. Listed below are some of my top tips for helping to manage child behaviour, and be a more consistent parent. These tips are based upon a positive approach to parenting in combination with behavioural therapy principles.   Managing Misbehaviour:   Keep calm when parenting – if you can’t remain calm, leave the situation to calm yourself and then come back to it. Being calm prevents arguments escalating, making threats you can’t carry out, and things being said that may be hurtful. Ignore minor misbehaviours (e.g., […]
September 30, 2013

Domestic Violence and Support

Intimate partner violence, which is also referred to as family or domestic violence is a common but often silent problem, affecting almost 25% of Australian women and a smaller percentage of men. Intimate partner violence may involve a wide range of behaviours, including: Physical abuse — including direct assaults on the body (e.g. hitting, kicking, choking), use of weapons, driving dangerously, destruction of property, assault of children, locking the victim out of the house, and sleep deprivation; Sexual abuse — any form of forced sex or sexual degradation, such as sexual activity without consent, causing pain during sex, assaulting genitals, coercive sex without protection against pregnancy or sexually transmitted disease, making the victim perform sexual acts unwillingly, criticising, or using sexually degrading insults; Verbal abuse — […]
September 25, 2013

Is facebook making you depressed?!

Facebook and Depression The phenomenon of Social Media has taken off in recent years, with Facebook being the most popular social networking site. According to Facebook Inc’s latest statistics, 1.15 billion users access the site each month, with this figure steadily rising each year! While Facebook is a great tool for staying connected with social and professional networks, it has also been associated with distressing psychological and emotional states such as jealousy, social tension, isolation, poor self-esteem and depression. Several studies have found that frequent Facebook use may contribute to or amplify depression. What are the signs and symptoms of depression ?   Behaviours not going out anymore not getting things done at work/school withdrawing from close family and friends relying on alcohol and sedatives not […]
September 20, 2013

Grief and Loss

Grief is commonly associated with bereavement; we tend to think of grief as a reaction to death and dying. However the experience of grief can arise in most areas of life where things cease or change significantly. Relationship, employment, health and functioning losses are examples of situations that may precipitate a grief response. Grief and loss can affect us in a various number of ways. Following is a list of possible symptoms –  you may experience some of them or all of them, and they may change over time. Symptoms of grief   Emotions Sadness Loneliness or a sense of isolation, perhaps feeling like nobody understands you or your situation Anger or frustration about loss or changed circumstances; anger with yourself, the world, God, or the […]
August 28, 2013

All About Panic Attacks

About 1 in 4 people will experience a panic attack at some stage in their life. Panic attacks are characterised by abrupt surges of intense fear and anxiety, that peak within a short time, and cause distressing physical symptoms. Often because the first attack occurs unexpectedly without an obvious trigger, the attack is interpreted as ‘something must be seriously wrong with me’, either physically, or mentally, increasing the anxiety and panic. And because the first attack is so scary, people become afraid of having another attack, the fear of fear develops and panic disorder takes hold of you. Good news is there are effective psychological treatments for panic disorder.   This will be useful if… you have had or think you might suffer with panic attacks you […]

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