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What is Gender?

Diana Lalor

This information sheet is provided by courtesy of the Gender Centre. The Gender Centre is in NSW and is an organisation funded by the NSW Government. Gendered interaction between adults and children begins as soon as the sex of a baby is known. From the moment we are born we are subject to a procession of gender-specific messages and expectations, …

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Caregivers of Alzheimer’s Patients

Diana Lalor

Taking on the responsibility of caring for your loved one may be challenging, but it also represents deep compassion, love, and selflessness. People with dementia from conditions such as Alzheimer’s and related diseases have a neurodegenerative disorder that makes it more and more difficult for them to remember things, think clearly, communicate with others, and take care of themselves. In addition, …

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Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

Diana Lalor

“It’s not easy being superior to everyone I know” – Anonymous  Narcissism vs Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) is narcissistic personality traits taken to extremes, and is a mental condition in which people have a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others. Despite the recent popularity of the term …

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Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Diana Lalor

Alzheimer’s disease Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurological condition that changes the way a person thinks and functions over time. It is characterised by problems in thinking, learning, memory and judgment. Alzheimer’s disease is often diagnosed in the mild dementia stage, when it becomes clear to family and doctors that a person is having significant trouble with memory and thinking …

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Adult ADHD

Diana Lalor

Life can be a balancing act for any adult, but if you find yourself constantly late and disorganised, overly distracted and forgetful, and overwhelmed by your responsibilities, you may have adult ADHD. Attention deficit disorder impacts many adults, and its wide variety of frustrating symptoms may hinder everything from your relationship to your career. Understanding ADHD Attention deficit disorder is …

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Anger Management

Diana Lalor

Anger management is a learned skill, when anger gets out of control, it can lead to problems and make you feel like you’re at the mercy of an unpredictable and powerful emotion. Anger is a basic human emotion, and we’ve all felt it. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with feeling angry – it is a completely normal, usually healthy, emotion, and …

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Understanding Group Therapy

Julie Cole

If you’re considering psychotherapy, there are lots of options available.  One of these options is group therapy. Joining a group may sound intimidating at first, but group members are almost always surprised by how rewarding the group experience can be. What should I expect? Group therapy involves one or more psychologists who lead a group of roughly five to fifteen …

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Choosing a Therapist

Diana Lalor

At different times in our lives we may need the assistance of a professional to help us resolve difficulties. We all encounter stressful and challenging life events such as relationship breakdown, family and work-related problems, illness or bereavement, to name a few. We may wish to review childhood events, to foster our self-esteem, or to develop skills to assist in …

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Anxiety in the Workplace

Anxiety in the workplace affects our capacity to do our work and our relationships at work. Anxiety affects over 2 million Australians. On average one in three women and one in five men experience anxiety in their life. Anxiety may increase over time and can affect our relationships with family and friends and how we go about our daily lives. …

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Becoming a Parent

Samantha McLaughlin

Becoming a parent for the first time involves the greatest physical, emotional and social upheaval that most women will ever experience. In fact women are more likely to be affected by anxiety and depressive disorders during pregnancy and after childbirth than at any other time in their lives. In the lead up to becoming a mother for the first time …

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Workplace Bullying

Diana Lalor

Bullying in the Workplace Workplace bullying is repeated and unreasonable behaviour directed at a person or group of people by an employer, co-worker or other individual(s) at work that creates a risk to health and safety. It is a risk to health and safety because it may affect the mental and physical health of workers. Taking steps to prevent it …

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Choosing a Meaningful Career

Diana Lalor

Making Career Choices Life choices can create an exciting and meaningful time in a person’s life. Making these choices can also be confusing, complicated and frustrating. This article is written for those who are looking to take their first step into a new career or for those who are in the midst of their career but are feeling dissatisfied and …

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Communication in Relationships

Diana Lalor

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION IN RELATIONSHIPS: Effective communication in relationships is a learnt skill that can be modified and enhanced throughout our lives. It is influenced by a persons beliefs, culture and thoughts. It is easy to consider Communication skills to be inbuilt, something we don’t need to learn, but even though basic skills are learnt from the day we are born …

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Coping With Change

Ken Yeo

What is change about? Change is an ongoing process essential to life and living. Our body has the capacity to respond to change on a moment to moment basis. For example, our heart rate changes to meet our biological needs. Often we might not even be conscious of how we change in order to adapt to an ever- changing environment. …

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Couples and Intimacy

Trent Falkner

The couple is surely one of the archetypal patterns of human relationships. All human societies appear to have long term adult pair-bonding of one kind or another. Yet the maintenance of a healthy couple bond over time is perhaps one of the most difficult and challenging tasks of our adult lives. The life cycle of the couple involves many changes. …

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Dealing with Change and Uncertainty

At times of great change, uncertainty and crisis it easy to slide into a preoccupation with what has been lost, and what challenges may lie ahead. The mind swiftly moves into fear and seeks out potential danger; a natural and at times helpful design function of the human brain, which has helped us survive many thousands of years as a …

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Dealing with Feelings of Guilt

Diana Lalor

Guilt is an emotional state where we experience conflict at having done something that we believe we should not have done (or conversely, having not done something we believe we should have done). This can give rise to a feeling state which does not go away easily and can be difficult to endure. If you are experiencing feelings of guilt …

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Infidelity in Relationships

Diana Lalor

Infidelity – Discovering your Partner has been Unfaithful How to deal with Infidelity in a relationships is not a simple task and there is no quick fix for emotional pain and betrayal of trust.  Discovering your partner has been unfaithful can be painful and traumatic or if you yourself are the one who has been unfaithful, then taking responsibility for …