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Muscle Dysmorphia: How Idealised Masculinity Became The New Eating Disorder

The mirrors bolted to the walls of Sydney's bodybuilding gyms are crowded with impossibly muscled men. It's a smorgasbord of peak health and physical perfection. But Joey Sheather can pick them. The men who have bulked-up too fast, whose passion for fitness has tipped over into obsession. The ones who will never be satisfied no [...]

Fidget Spinners: What They Are, How They Work and Why the Controversy

This season's hottest toy is marketed as an antidote for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety and autism — but it's also being banned in classrooms across the country. "Fidget spinners" are small, ball-bearing devices that the user can rotate between his or her fingers. The momentum of the toy provides a pleasing sensory experience, according [...]

By | 2017-06-19T13:18:43+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

4 Personality Traits That Predict Teen Drug And Alcohol Problems

Higher than average levels of impulsiveness, sensitivity to anxiety, sensation seeking and hopelessness. These four personality traits have been shown by researchers to predict those teenagers at high risk of becoming binge drinkers with 90 per cent accuracy. In the first Australian trial, a program targeting 438 year 8 students with one of these traits [...]

Making A Difference To Student Wellbeing In Schools

Schools are not just places where students acquire academic skills, they also help students become more resilient in the face of adversity, feel more connected with the people around them, and aim higher in their aspirations for their future. Not least, schools are the first place where children experience society in all its facets and [...]

Neurobehavioral Effects Found In Children Exposed To Flower Pesticides

Ecuador is the third largest producer of cut flowers in the world, primarily roses, many of which are destined to be sold for Mother’s Day. The industry employs more than 103,000 people, and relies heavily on agricultural pesticides. In a paper published in the May 2017 issue of the journal NeuroToxicology, researchers at the University [...]

Childhood Bullying Linked To Health Risks In Adulthood

Childhood bullying may lead to long-lasting health consequences, impacting psychosocial risk factors for cardiovascular health well into adulthood, according to a study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The unique study tracked a diverse group of over 300 American men from first grade through their early thirties and the [...]

By | 2017-05-22T12:30:33+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Australia’s Revenge Porn Explosion: Scourge Affects One In Five Australians

REVENGE porn has more than doubled over the past two years and now affects more than one in every five Australians, with teens and people who share “sexual selfies” at greatest risk of becoming victims. The most comprehensive research into the insidious trend, to be released by RMIT University on Monday, also found men and [...]

Doctor Issues Warning Over Mindfulness Apps Offering ‘Quick Fix’

Doctors are warning about the risks of relying on smartphone mindfulness apps, offering meditation and breathing exercises, for your mental health. The apps have become some of the most popular downloads, offering everything from improved creativity to pain relief. But Dr Quinn Grundy, a postdoctoral researcher with the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre, has [...]

By | 2017-05-15T10:15:38+00:00 May 15th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Mental Illness|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The 7 Stages Of Gaslighting In Relationships 

Gaslighting is a form of persistent manipulation and brainwashing that causes the victim to doubt her or himself, and ultimately lose one’s own sense of perception, identity, and self-worth. The term gaslighting is derived from the 1944 film "Gaslight", where a husband tries to convince his wife that she’s insane by causing her to question [...]

Rising Mental Health Problems In Students Needs Addressing

Concerns about the state of university students’ mental health slowly have been filtering out, but the scale and neglect of the issue has remained hidden through a lack of data and transparency. We could be confident with 60 per cent of tertiary students falling into the peak age of risk for mental disorder, that at [...]

By | 2017-05-05T14:12:15+00:00 May 5th, 2017|Categories: Mental Illness|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments