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The Chemical Imbalance Theory of Depression Is a Myth

Any person taking ant-depressant medication should read this article! The theory that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance is often presented in the media as fact even though there is no scientific evidence to support it. A review of a full set of trial data published in the journal PLoS (Public Library of Science) […]

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Depression and Suicide

It’s very tragic news, the suicide of actor Robin Williams, apparently due to severe depression. It is a condition that he had suffered from for a long time and had gotten worse over the past few months.  There have been reports that Robin Williams may have suffered from Bipolar Disorder rather than depression.  There have […]

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Traumatic Grief and Trauma and Teenagers

Traumatic Grief The shooting down of MH17 has brought this subject into the mainstream news over the past few weeks, and the impact that incident has caused on so many families will be felt for many years to come. Coping with the death of an important person in one’s life is especially difficult for children. […]

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Depression in Sports Stars

Ian Thorpe’s battles with depression are well documented, but how common is the problem of depression amongst athletes and sports stars at the highest level of competition. In researching this article, we came across the following information, studies in the US indicate that if 100 US adults are followed over their entire lifetime, 16 will […]

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Panic Attacks / Panic Disorder

What is a panic attack? A panic attack, also called an anxiety attack is a brief period of intense anxiety which causes the physical symptoms of fear (intense fight or flight reaction).  A panic attack can usually last from several minutes to around 30 minutes, but the physical effects can last for several hours after […]

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Coping with the Stress of Parenting

In today’s ever changing and challenging environment, pressures on parents have intensified and parents are often faced with managing a busy schedule including job related responsibilities, household duties, as well as raising their children. Let’s face it.  All parents will experience parenting stress on many occasions during their parenting life, and for some the parenting […]

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Psychologist Questions Teen Screen Advice

An hour of screen time immediately before bed is fine for most teenagers, according to research by an Australian university. BUT two hours is too much and likely to disrupt their sleep, says Associate Professor Michael Gradisar, a clinical psychologist at Flinders University in Adelaide. He says a review of four years of studies at […]

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Depression is the biggest cause of adolescent illness

Depression is the biggest cause of adolescent illness worldwide (World Health Organisation, 2014) Pediatric depression is a relatively common psychiatric condition that generally continues episodically into adulthood. Whether damaging experiences or biologic processes trigger depressive episodes remains subject to debate. Essential update: WHO ranks depression as top cause of adolescent illness and disability A new […]

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Teenage Addictions and How to Help

There are many areas of psychological issues we deal with at Go Psychology and amongst those are problems with addictions, both in adults and teenagers. Teenagers are most vulnerable to becoming addicted, whether it be to drugs, alcohol, video games, or social media, and peer pressure is often the cause. Teenagers experiment and will start […]

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Social Media and Teenage Bullying

In a recent article Childhood Bullying – Bullies and Victims we wrote about the impact that bullying has on children and teenagers at school, but there is another form of bullying which has a far more reaching impact on teenagers, and that is bullying via social media. You may have heard of the saying that […]

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