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 […]
March 21, 2019
Eating Disorders DSM-V Criteria

10 Warning Signs You May Have an Eating Disorder

In this blog, we have prepared a list of warning signs for an Eating Disorder and provided the DSM-V criteria for the three most common Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder. If you can relate to several of the warning signs, it could be that you have an Eating Disorder, or you could be at risk of developing an Eating Disorder.It is important to seek help as soon as you suspect there is a problem – this blog concludes with important information on treating eating disorders and how to get help. 10 Warning Signs of an Eating Disorder 1. Low weight for height (BMI less than 17.5) 2. Preoccupation with food including constant dieting, counting calories, skipping meals, avoiding certain food groups […]
March 28, 2018

Why Am I Depressed? Find Your Answer Here.

Why Am I Depressed? Find Your Answer Here. Ever noticed life has lost its shine, becoming some mediocre hue of blue, and not know why? When depression creeps in, passion and joy slip away and life becomes a daily grind of going through the motions. “But why” you may ask – no one wants to feel depressed, and no doubt if you are reading this you probably want to find your mojo back ASAP. Understanding why you are depressed is the first question you need to figure the answer out to because once you know why you are depressed you will know what’s required to change your mood and get that mojo back!! This article is your guide to answering that ever important question “why am […]
September 14, 2017

Top 5 Psychological Treatments for Depression

Depression is a condition which can affect anyone – it does not discriminate. For some people, depression may come on quite suddenly, and for other people, it might creep up on them over time. Depression might occur after particular changes in your life, or, after stagnation in your life.  It includes symptoms of: feeling down and depressed most of the time, low motivation, lethargy, sleep and appetite changes, weight changes, thoughts of death or suicide, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, difficulties thinking, irritability, social isolation, and loss of enjoyment in activities.   When we feel down for a day or two, we can often pull ourselves out of that low mood with relative ease. However, when feelings of depression occur for more than two weeks, you […]

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