Depression

Listening To Your Gut Instincts

Making a decision, any kind of important decision, can sometimes be a long, difficult process. With this is mind, have you ever stopped and analysed how you arrive at a decision? What was the deciding factor? Did you listen to intellectual reason? Did you decide based on you emotionally thought to be right? Or, did you just have a hunch, an intuition, about what to do? Maybe it was a combination of all three?   Whatever the outcome, these are the three ways (or ‘voices’) in which our consciousness makes decisions;   Head (intellectually) Heart (emotionally) Gut (instinctively)   Obviously, how you react determines the outcome, so how do you know which ‘voice’ to follow? I guess it very much depends on the question.   Head Now there are some decisions which are quite obviously ruled by the head. Example, if you are trying to lose weight and eat healthy, and at lunch you have the decision between a salad and a burger. You may emotionally crave the burger, but you know that you should have the salad. This is based on the fact that a salad is healthier than a burger, but a burger is tastier than a salad. Following your heart instead of your head will lead to a bad decision. Listening to you head, involves rationality, reason and intelligence. People who follow their head, and disregard their heart and gut feelings, are often perceived as cold, calculating or analytical. You might even argue that ‘head’ people can be superficially and not as good at relating emotionally.   Heart You might be one of those people, or at least know someone, who repeatedly goes for the wrong guy/ girl. They know that this […]

Lifestyle Management and Chasing the Dream

Lifestyle Management and Chasing the Dream   Chasing after your dreams is often easier said than done, especially for the majority of people. It’s easy to have a dream or a goal in life – but grabbing it and making it happen, now that’s a different story. Why is this so? Well, the reasons are varied, and two of the most common are detailed below.   Self-comparison Kills Your Dreams It may sound a bit overrated, but it is true – comparing yourself to other people can greatly harm your chances of achieving your dreams and aspirations. For one, when you compare yourself to a more successful person, you end up feeling sorry for yourself, and start to wallow in self-pity. In such a case, you spend time worrying about what you are doing wrong or what qualities and values you lack. You spend so much time worrying that you aren’t getting any actual work done – and thus be one step closer to your dreams.   By comparing yourself to other people, you are blinded by your weaknesses and forget to see and appreciate your strengths. You see yourself as incapable and forget about or ignore your past accomplishments.   Self-comparison, when done right, can be a powerful source of motivation, but otherwise, it can be incapacitating.   Going for the Wrong Dreams We all dream of different things. From big houses and flashy cars through to successful careers and businesses. The dream of being financially free applies to many people. By focusing on the material objects, we end up being materialistic and make it difficult on ourselves to achieve these dreams.   When we set our goals and dreams into these material things, […]

Depresion and Suicidal – How are they linked?

Depression and Suicidal Tendencies   The recent death of actor and comedian Robin Williams has put the spotlight back onto one of the world’s most fatal mental illnesses – depression. It’s sad to think that the comedian, who made audiences laugh until they cry, has now brought them tears of sorrow. More unfortunate though, was the fact that while he made those who were watching him truly happy, the comedian didn’t quite feel the same. He openly struggled with depression and was clearly not coping as well as everyone thought.   Depression: The Bigger Picture At present, depression is a growing global problem, as millions and millions of people from every corner of the world suffer in their everyday lives. Depression on its own is quite concerning enough, but it’s the results that can occur if not managed correctly.   Some people who suffer various degrees of depression can exhibit signs of excessive weight gain or weight loss due to poor diet, while others resort to drug and alcohol abuse. More frightening though, is that they develop suicidal tendencies that forces them to take their own lives, such as in the case of the said comedian.   Depression: The Lead Role Although depression is not the sole motivation for suicidal tendencies, it is definitely one of the most influencing factors that lead to it. Many studies have found time and again that suicidal tendencies are very high among the depressed people. These can include students who constantly fail academically, employees who lose their jobs, entrepreneurs who can’t get their business back on track, and many others. The one thing they all hold in common is they have hope that one day life will become better. […]

By |Wednesday, September 10, 2014|Anxiety, Counselling, Depression| Comments

Seasonal Affective Disorder and the Effects

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder? Mood disorders can arise in various forms, and one of these forms is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). What distinguishes SAD from other similar disorders is that SAD occurs around the same time every year. In general, this disorder usually occurs in the early days of autumn and lasts until the late days of winter which are usually the bleakest and coldest months of the year, which is where the name comes from.   What causes SAD? Despite countless studies, the major reason as to why people experience SAD is still undecided. However various doctors and researchers lean towards the idea that SAD is caused by factors relating to light. During the autumn and winter season, the body experiences changes which are triggered by the absence and decreased amount of sunlight. For example serotonin, a chemical which affects the mood, decreases when there isn’t much sunlight. Melatonin, which affects mood as well as sleep patterns also goes down during the said season. A decrease in the levels of both can somehow affect a person’s mood and thoughts, although not usually for the better.   How does it affect people? Like in most cases of depression Seasonal Affective Disorder can greatly affect the individual’s ability to be happy. People suffering from SAD manifest behaviours such as those experienced by people who suffer from depression in general. They show signs of unexplained sadness, irritability and exhaustion. Seasonal Affective Disorder can also have negative effects on the way they perform and their behaviour in the workplace or at school. Signs of social withdrawal and decreased social activities are also observed. In its most dire stages, people suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder can resort to […]

Helping war soldiers integrate back into society

With the annual upcoming Anzac Day on 25th April, we wanted to cover a topic that is serious and effects many Australian families. How do war veterans integrate back into society after seeing what they’ve seen and experiencing what they have? Soldiers are some of the most dedicated and patriotic people one can ever meet. In every war they engage in, they put one foot in the grave – all in the name of service. For many of them, war has become a big part of their lives. What happens when the fighting stops? Or when their services are no longer required by the country they so faithfully serve? Can they simply toss away their guns and pack their bags and head on home? What happens when they reach home? These are just some of the many questions that trouble many soldiers when they are released from service.  As people who have literally risked life and limb for their motherland, the answers never come easy. Leaving the war zone doesn’t mean that the battle is finished. In fact, on the way home, many soldiers are thrown into another war – only this time it is not fought in the battlefield, but rather within. Many war veterans experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and guilt about making it out alive and this in combination with integration back into society can make them anxious. One of the many dilemmas of soldiers returning from battle is having to reintegrate back into society. The war, with its own unique brand of horror, has left horrendous scenarios engraved in the soldiers’ minds. This coupled with the fact that they are so used to living in a military camp, can make it […]

By |Thursday, April 24, 2014|Anxiety, Counselling, General| Comments