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Willpower and Self-Control

Posted by admin 3:27 am, 21 October 2015

The two strengths that scientists have discovered improve success in life are the constructs of intelligence and self-control. To some extent our natural intelligence is unchangeable, although many aspects of intelligence can be improved through learning. However, our self-control is something that...

The Second Brain

Posted by admin 3:58 am, 6 October 2015

Recent research has indicated that the gut may be our ‘second brain’ and be strongly linked to psychological functioning and mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Serotonin is the main neurotransmitter that plays a role in anxiety and depression and the gut has been found to actually...

Homesickness or AKA Adjustment Disorder

Posted by admin 9:55 pm, 21 September 2015

Travelling back home this week it got me thinking about homesickness and adjustment. I currently have quite a few patients from the UK or adolescents in college/university who suffer from adjustment disorder and homesickness. this does not necessarily mean they want to go back home however it is a...

The wonderful world of psychological Podcasts

Posted by admin 6:41 am, 21 September 2015

I have recently discovered the wonders of the world of psychological Podcasts. I admit that I am slightly behind the times in this discovery but feel that for other technologically challenged people like me, it is news worth sharing! For those who don’t know, a Podcast is a recorded interview or...

Irritability and anger- destructive emotions

Posted by admin 5:40 am, 7 September 2015

Writing my session notes last week one common theme that most of my patients had was a sense of frustration, irritibality and anger they had at the workplace. This issue is probably one of the most common reasons people tend to get anxious or depressed and so it is crucial to address before it impacts...

Walking the middle road in practice

Posted by admin 5:30 am, 7 September 2015

The idea of ‘walking the middle road’ is a core concept in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), a therapeutic approach developed by Marsha Linehan which involves excellent strategies to help us recognise and regulate our emotions. The ‘middle road’ approach encourages using...

Techniques for Working with the Mind During the Exam Period

Posted by admin 2:51 am, 4 September 2015

Your mind evaluates and labels things to assign significance to events in your life. This is what minds do. It is a natural and normal process and is often quite helpful. However sometimes the mind is not so helpful and buying

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Why mindful colouring in is ‘on trend’ in the worlds of art and science

Posted by admin 3:12 am, 25 August 2015

I’m sure that most of us can remember doodling on our school books in class in a way that somehow managed to hold our absolute attention in a way the teacher never could. Well now the science behind this phenomenon has become clearer and mindful colouring in books have become some of the most popular...


Posted by admin 12:10 am, 24 August 2015

Australians have long dabbled in nitrous as a fringe party drug but have recently upped their use. The Global Drug Survey shows local use rose 50 per cent in the past six years. Half of the ecstasy and psychostimulant users surveyed by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre had taken nitrous...


Posted by admin 3:01 am, 13 August 2015

What we eat affects our mood so i thiought this week would be good to discuss what foods we need to avoid and consume. Microorganisms produce numerous neurochemicals. These neurochemicals made by gut bacteria play a role in our mood and other neurologic functions.

Another toxicant linked to...