Depression in Women

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Consulting with a professional and qualified psychologist in Bondi is a must if you find any symptoms or signs of depression within yourself.
Depression In Women

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Depression And Women Are Very Much Linked

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Depression And Women Are Very Much Linked

Depression is a severe condition that’s caused by changes in hormone levels, stress, certain medical conditions, difficult life circumstances or grief. It is more than feeling ‘down’. The WHO characterises this illness as a disabling disorder in the globe, affecting about 1 in 5 women and 1 in 10 men at some point in their life. Depression doesn’t discriminate. Men & women of all age, social & economic background, and educational level suffer from this. Friendships, careers, marriage, parenting, finances – every aspect of living is compromised by it. It’s impact is also severe especially when it occurs in combination with medical conditions like stroke, diabetes, anxiety, substance abuse or cardiovascular disease.

According to researchers in NSW, in comparison to men women suffer more from depression. Women are in fact 2 or 3 times more at risk to suffer from depression in their adolescence period and as adult than men.

But why are women more at risk?

There are several factors, which contribute to increase the risk. Biology is one of then. It is thus the hormonal changes that cause women to be more at risk than men. Women experience deep hormonal fluctuations in various stages of their life like menopause, puerperium and puberty leading to increased risk. Cultural and social factors also play an important role. Thus retirement, taking on different roles, a lack of social support, a poor relation with partner, being a caregiver etc. are also some of the causes that contribute to the increased risk.

Risky moments in a life of a woman

Menopause, puerperium and puberty involve intense hormonal fluctuations in women and significant changes in roles as well as identities at the same time. All these changes may not an easy thing for all women to adapt to. Some women may even experience stress and difficulties in life because of genetical and personal predisposition when dealing with such changes. A certain kind of depression called premenstrual dysphoric disorder is even a condition that’s often noticed in women before menstruation.

How to deal with a depressive disorder?

Discussed above are the specific moments when women are more prone to develop a depressive disorder. If you see any of near or dear ones showing up depressive signs, get him or her treated immediately. Consult with a psychologist in Bondi and give the support needed. Psychotherapy or/and psychiatric support are very much recommended. Medications and lifestyle changes are also of great help.

Am I Getting Too Fat?

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Am I  getting too fat

Experts believe that more than 91% of women are dissatisfied with the structure of their body. However it is not just women who feel uncomfortable about their figure; negative body image is a disorder that can affect anyone and everyone, be it a girl or a boy, man or woman. Amongst teenagers, around 30% of boys and 50% of girls resort to harmful and dangerous techniques for losing weight. Stated below are some tips that can help in overcoming a negative body image issue. Have a look:

1. Thinking about body image most of the time is not a good idea: Instead of spending a lot of time in obsessing over the outer self, one must try to focus his or her attention on hobbies, education and socializing with friends, family. Setting a goal for getting fit and healthy and work towards it is important. Keeping the mind engaged throughout the day will also help in staying distracted from negative body image.

2. Eat the right food, exercise and sleep well: People who maintain an improper diet tend to have more eating disorders. Developing eating disorders causes a ripple effect of mental and physical health issues including depression, anxiety, irritability, metabolic syndrome and digestive problems.

Diets actually don’t work! 95% of people who maintain a constant diet generally gain back the weight that they lost. Eating the right food, exercising regularly and getting an adequate amount of sleep everyday can instead help in controlling weight.

3. Consulting with a counsellor: One of the best things that one can do to deal with different health issues such as depression, anxiety and stress resulting from negative body image is getting in touch with a counsellor in Bondi. A counsellor or psychologist would be able to address the problem effectively by taking care of the body image issues and other concerns. He or she would also have the ability to guide the sufferer and help the individual to develop a positive attitude.

4. Heredity plays a big role: If someone’s parents are of short physical stature then naturally it would be less likely for the person to be tall. Similarly, if the family members of an individual are large and heavy in size, then it would be absurd for him or her to think of having a zero sized figure! Heredity matters the most. One should be thankful for what they have and try to maintain a healthy body instead of obsessing over their exterior too much.

So, instead of developing negative feelings towards one’s own body, it is better if you overcome the situation with these simple and positive solutions.

Understanding Addiction & Its Treatment

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addiction and recovery

In order to comprehend addiction, let’s begin with the root of the word. The term has been derived from a Latin word, which means ‘bound to’ or ‘enslaved by’. Addiction exerts an extreme and long influence on the brains which manifests in 3 different forms – craving, loss of control and continued involvement. Earlier, it was believed to be caused only by excessive consumption of powerful drugs or alcohol, but now even other pleasurable activities like shopping, gambling, sex, etc. are considered addictive.

During the 1930s, when doctors first started investigating addictive behaviour, they thought that the treatment should involve encouragement and punishment. Today, however, researchers see addiction as a disease which alters both brain function and structure. In other words, it hijacks the brain by making it go through an array of changes starting with pleasure recognition and ultimately leading to compulsive behaviour.

Pleasure, be it of any kind, has a unique signature involving production of neurotransmitter dopamine within the nucleus accumbens. Normal pleasure experienced during reception of monetary reward, consumption of a hearty meal or engagement in sexual encounter leads to controlled dopamine production. However, alcohol consumption or abuse of drugs like heroin, nicotine, etc. produces a stronger and faster dopamine signal, which is more likely of encouraging overuse. Continued exposure to some addictive behaviour or substance can cause the nerve cells within the prefrontal cortex and nucleus accumbens to establish a communication that is bound to make the individual crave for more.

Fortunately, there are several distinct therapies which can be utilised for helping a person to overcome addiction. Let’s have a look some of those therapies:

Counselling

Counselling for addiction may be administered via individual as well as group therapies. It can provide help in enforcing behavioural contingencies by promoting abstinence along with a non-substance abuse lifestyle. There are many reputed counsellors in Bondi who treat addicts using behavioural therapies. One such professional, Jade Couquax, is a French psychologist practising in the Bondi Junction. She uses therapeutic approaches informed by up-to-date thinking and research in psychology.

Meditation

Meditation or the act of practising mindfulness is very effective in preventing relapse. It can aid substance abusers in becoming cognizant of their feelings and thoughts and refraining from negative activities. Transcendental meditation can significantly reduce abuse of cigarettes, illegal drugs and alcohol.

Exercise

Exercising on a regular basis can also help a lot during the withdrawal stage of addiction treatment. It can manifest a sense of responsibility and offer a natural and safe treatment. Physical exercise possesses several cognitive benefits that are helpful for recovering addicts.

Tips And Tricks To Live A Happier Life

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The most important key to become a happy person is to “believe in yourself”. But sometimes due to many reasons we are unable to do so and that makes us unhappy. In order to lead a happy life we do a lot of things like shifting to a different place for a change, opting for positive therapies by visiting a counsellor in Bondi, going to clubs and pubs, staying all alone sometimes and so on. However, here are some natural remedies that can be followed if you want to live a happy life. Have a look:

1. Do The Things That You Love:

Different people have different likings. It is not necessary that what you would like your friends and family would prefer the same thing. Never bound yourself from doing the things that make you happy. For example, if you love to write poems, just go for it without any hesitation. Automatically you would get surrounded with a lot of positive feelings and that would definitely make you happy.

2. Be Thankful:

Always be thankful to God for giving you a beautiful life. You are already blessed with the three most important necessities that each human being needs. You have a beautiful home to stay in, a lot of food to eat and cloths to wear. So just learn to appreciate all those things which you already have. Being satisfied with little things would always help you to lead a happy life.

3. Eat Healthy:

Eating the right and healthy food always makes a person feel better both mentally and physically. Avoid eating junk food because they can cause health issues and make you feel sick. Most people have the tendency to pig out when consuming junk food so if you avoid consuming it, you will have no problem and can live your life happily.

4. Spend Quality Time With The People You Love:

Whenever you are sad, never spend time alone and stay aloof from others. If you don’t share your feelings with your loved ones when you’re sad then the negativity within yourself will continue to increase and you may suffer from health issues like severe depression. So speak up, share your feelings, take some suggestions from others. By doing this, you will feel much relaxed and stress free.

5. Take A Close Walk In Nature:

Spending time with mother nature is one of the best things that you can do to be refreshed. Nowadays due to our hectic lifestyle we hardly get a chance to feel the warmth of nature. Thus just take out some time from your busy schedule and fix a date with nature. Visit local parks, beautiful gardens and spent at least two hours there. You will certainly feel refreshed and a positive attitude will be generated within yourself, which will help you to live a happier life.

Depression in Adolescents – Symptoms and Treatment

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Depression in Adolescents

In Australia, one among every five children as well as adolescents suffer from mental health issues and disorders. Those who are aged between 10 to 19 have the greatest prevalence of depression among all age groups. Depression is an extremely complicated illness which affects each individual differently and also has a plethora of causes and symptoms. However, those suffering from the pangs of it during their teenage years can be affected disastrously. 

Depression is probably the most common cause of suicide among teenagers.
It can be very difficult to distinguish depressive illness from adolescent turmoil, because the young individual is forging new and challenging roles in the family as well and struggling for independence and making suitable academic decisions.
Both developmental as well as biological factors contribute greatly towards low spirits experienced during adolescence. If psychosis or bipolar disorder is suspected, it would necessitate assessment of biologic causes.
The difficulties faced by an adolescent in various areas of life such as school, peer group, family and relationships can also be adversely consequential on their mind.

Symptoms

A teenager who is suffering from depression may not exhibit obvious signs indicating their problem. However, they can start behaving uncharacteristically by:

  • showing less interest in social gatherings
  • performing poorly in their academics
  • engaging in risky activities, such as careless driving, inappropriate
  • sexual attachments, etc.
  • engaging in alcohol or drug abuse
  • having thoughts about suicide or death
  • feeling worthless
  • exhibiting indecisiveness and poor concentration
  • getting irritated too easily
  • having either too less sleep or oversleeping
  • overeating or eating less
  • feeling tired most of the time
  • speaking or moving slower than normal
  • neglecting interests and hobbies
  • staying isolated from family and friends emotionally

Depressed teenagers can sometimes also experience unexplained pains and aches. If left undiagnosed, these problems can hinder their personal development.

Treatment

Depression in adolescents is treatable even when the problems are highly severe. There are a variety of treatment options available, but the most common ones are medication and counselling. These two are often used in combination for alleviating the symptoms. CBT or cognitive behavioral therapy is the best treatment. It generally involves sessions and self-help books with a therapist.

Jade Couquaux is a professional French psychologist in Bondi working with individuals as well as couples. If you think that your teenaged child is suffering from depression, book an appointment with her today.

How to Deal With Stress At Work?

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How to Deal With Stress At Work

Like men, many women have to face an overwhelming amount of stress at work due to excessive amount of pressure and responsibility. Sometimes, it can seem as if the job is demanding more than one can actually deliver. Even after working intensely for hours, some women may feel like they are not being able to catch up with their work duties, which further increases the stress.

However, there are a number of ways by which women can successfully curb down that stress and cope up with the pressure faced at work. Given below are some of the most effective ones:

Thinking Ahead

Time management is the key to reducing stress resulting from daunting amount of work. In order to eliminate the need to scramble at the last moment, one should start with projects way ahead of their deadlines. The time taken to complete the projects should be noted to effectively manage one’s own expectations as well as those of colleagues. Also, setting the watch a few minutes ahead can help to attend meetings on time.

No Multitasking

Instead of attempting to handle everything at once, like answering emails, organising desk space, making calls, finishing reports, etc., one should focus on completing one task at a time. For instance, finishing reports within a fixed period of time, and then returning to the task of answering emails, can be far less stressful.

Taking Breaks

Some working women have the habit of being at their desk even during lunch time, skipping the meal so that they can have more time to work. Working continuously for 7 to 9 hours can have a severe adverse impact on one’s brain. It is important to take a break for at least 30 minutes and relax. This will allow the mind to decompress and become refreshed.

Emergency Stress Stoppers

These stress stoppers can help to tackle stress on the spot, especially when the mind is racing and there is way too much work to handle. Some effective on-the-spot stress stoppers are:

  • Counting till 10 before speaking
  • Taking 3 to 5 deep breaths
  • Going for a short walk
  • Requesting some time for handling stressful situations

Apart from exercising all the above mentioned tips, one can also consult a psychologist or a professional counsellor for dealing with stress more efficiently.

Jade Couquax is a trained and experienced French psychologist practising in Bondi Beach. She deals with various kinds of mental health problems in women and helps solve relationship issues in couples.