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June 2017

Helping Grieving Children Through Losing A Pet

By | 2017-06-19T13:23:18+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The loss of a pet is often a child’s first experience with death. Understanding the unique ways that children view pets and respond to their passing can help parents to ease the grieving process. Joshua Russell, an assistant professor of environmental science at Canisius College in Buffalo, who has studied the effects of pet loss [...]

Why Restoring Morale Is Important To Mental Health In Difficult Times

By | 2017-06-19T13:21:23+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The term demoralization was originally coined in the 1970s by a psychiatrist who was seeing patients that didn’t quite meet full criteria for major depression. Nonetheless, they were suffering – in a shared state of emotional distress and sense of incompetence. For many Americans, we are experiencing this now. Events such as the recent terrorist [...]

Muscle Dysmorphia: How Idealised Masculinity Became The New Eating Disorder

By | 2017-06-19T13:19:59+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Categories: Eating Disorders|Tags: , , , , , , |

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

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

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 [...]

4 Personality Traits That Predict Teen Drug And Alcohol Problems

By | 2017-06-19T13:17:42+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

The Secret Social Media Lives Of Teenagers

By | 2017-06-19T13:14:55+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , , , , |

Earlier this week, Harvard University revealed that it had rescinded admissions offers to at least 10 students who shared offensive images within what they thought was a private Facebook group chat. The students posted memes and images that mocked minority groups, child abuse, sexual assault and the Holocaust, among other things. It is easy for [...]

Why Children Are Spending Less Time Doing Household Chores

By | 2017-06-19T13:12:30+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |

In August, Treasurer Scott Morrison warned that “Australia has a generation growing up expecting government handouts”. Researchers have labelled this the “Me Generation”. Some even say we are facing a “me, me, me epidemic”. So why have today’s young people become more narcissistic? According to research, the decrease in young people’s levels of empathy is [...]

Engaging Young Men Is The Key To Helping Them Beat Mental Illness

By | 2017-06-19T13:13:41+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Mental Illness|Tags: , , , , , |

If Australia is to be genuinely committed to reducing rates of suicide, problematic substance use, and aggression and violence (including alcohol related and family violence), then we must have a coordinated plan for young men's mental health. Only a small proportion of young men who have a need for care access services receive appropriate treatment [...]

6 Easy Steps On How To Improve Your Memory

By | 2017-06-09T11:05:24+00:00 June 9th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , |

Remember a world before smart phones, when you actually knew dozens of numbers off by heart and would physically dial them into a handset to make a phone call? Chances are you now outsource that knowledge to your contacts list and rarely, if ever, take the time to learn a number by rote. While this [...]

Improving Sleep In Children With ADHD Has Some Lessons For All Parents

By | 2017-06-09T11:01:01+00:00 June 9th, 2017|Categories: Mental Illness|Tags: , , , , , |

Every evening around the world, parents put their children to bed, hoping they’ll go to sleep easily. For most parents that’s exactly what happens. But for some kids, sleep does not come easily and evenings are a battle. Children with ADHD are much more likely than other kids to struggle getting to sleep, and staying [...]