mental health, mental illness, Parenting, Relationships

Loving a person with BPD

I frequently find myself working with people who feels bewildered by the behaviour of their partner/daughter/mother/brother/friend.  When I dig a little deeper, although I am clearly not in a position to diagnose someone who is not in the room, it starts to become clear that the absent loved one has features of personality disorder.  Quite… Continue reading Loving a person with BPD

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Female empowerment, health, mental health, mental illness, Parenting, Relationships

Whoa, slow down – what are we all doing to ourselves????

A lovely reader of this page just sent this article from last weekend's Weekend Australia through to me and it is SO GOOD.  For those of you who have kids and are also working (or maybe studying, or trying to start your own business, or helping out at your kid's school, or taking care of… Continue reading Whoa, slow down – what are we all doing to ourselves????

Birth trauma, Female empowerment, fertility, health, LGBTI Parenting, mental health, miscarriage, New baby, perinatal, pregnancy, pregnancy loss, Pregnancy Termination, Rainbow Families, Sexual assault

Feeling safe and secure during obstetric and gynaecological care

With such a huge number of people living with a history of rape or sexual assault, it is astonishing that many services remain somewhat insensitive to the additional needs of these patient's obstetric or gynaecological care.  Unfortunately, for many people undertaking routine sexual health checks, attending fertility clinics, having their antennal reviews or delivering their… Continue reading Feeling safe and secure during obstetric and gynaecological care

fertility, mental health, mental illness, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy

What Happened to Me? Is “Baby Brain” really a thing?

If you have had children, you are likely to feel like almost has everything changed in your life when you became a parent - the way you think, your sleep patterns, your relationship with partner and family, your social situation, your economic capacity, your body (oh goodness, how that changes, especially during pregnancy!!), your house/car,… Continue reading What Happened to Me? Is “Baby Brain” really a thing?

health, mental health, mental illness, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy

PND -“In a few short weeks, I went mad”

I am doing heaps of research at the moment so I keep finding amazing articles to share.  This one from the SMH is a few years old, but is a truely brilliant piece of writing about a personal experience of becoming unwell in the context of having a new baby.  Miki Perkins has written an… Continue reading PND -“In a few short weeks, I went mad”

health

Can we really change our brains?

There is a lot of talk currently about neuroplasticity - the idea that we can rewire our brain.  But what does this really mean?  How does it happen?  Why is it important? An important part of the work of a psychologist is helping people to change behaviour, to learn new ways of thinking and behaving,… Continue reading Can we really change our brains?

fertility, health, mental health, mental illness, miscarriage, perinatal, pregnancy

Eating Disorders in the Peripartum

What a great session today, presenting on the relationship between eating disorders and infertility.  I was humbled to present alongside some amazing speakers: Assoc Professor Warren Ward, Dr Susan Roberts and Dr Susan Wilson, Mr Bruce Laing and 2 fabulous women with the lived experience of eating disorder.  So much experience and wisdom from the… Continue reading Eating Disorders in the Peripartum

health, mental health, mental illness, New baby, perinatal, pregnancy, Uncategorized

Minding your mind with Mind The Bump

This certainly isn't a new resource, but it is worth remembering as it such a great little mindfulness app, especially made for pregnancy - and it is free!.  It has been developed by the clever people at Beyond Blue and can be downloaded to any device https://www.mindthebump.org.au

health, mental health

More on the benefits of gratitude

I really like this article, which looks at the ongoing benefits of gratitude https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/what-mentally-strong-people-dont-do/201504/7-scientifically-proven-benefits-gratitude. Gratitude is more than just "looking on the bright side": it is really a way to help refocus the way we examine the world we live in and the relationships we maintain. Being deliberately grateful can really help to maintain  psychological… Continue reading More on the benefits of gratitude

health, mental illness

The impact of food restriction

Ever wondered why you feel so terrible when you restrict your calories while dieting?  Ever wondered what happens when someone has an eating disorder?  The Minnesota Semi-Starvation Experiment undertaken in the mid 1940s taught us a great deal about the physiology of starvation, but also the cognitive and emotional impacts: "Thirty-six men were chosen for… Continue reading The impact of food restriction