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Covid-19 and Disenfranchised Grief

A recent article by Fisher (2020) identified that many of us are suffering in silence, and as such, are at risk of prolonging the grief we are feeling as a result of the small, but accumulating losses, resultant from the pandemic. 
 
There are many stories of tragic losses that people are suffering as a direct effect of covid (death of family members, loss of job). 
However, we are not hearing of the other many stories of losses (loss of the local swimming hole, loss of our usual routine).  
These losses are considered not "as serious" and thus remain unworthy of sharing, or discussing.  

Unrecognising your loss is called disenfranchised grief, and if not acknowledged, can lead to prolonged suffering. So, I urge you, share your losses (no matter how small), in my facebook page, linked below.

Depression to Recovery: A Sufferers Perspective

There is abundant research available on the effective psychotherapeutic treatment of depression. However, recovery rates remain poor. Using accepted research techniques to research factors contributing to previous sufferers' recovery, this research found that a sufferer's inner strength and willpower are important factors in eventual recovery from depression.  For more information, please listen to the oration below.

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Short Course

The Accidental Counsellor during the Pandemic.

Click here to go to a short 8 week course designed for the concerned community member, like you.  It introduces you to basic counselling skills so you can help loved ones struggling with Covid-19.  It is accredited with the Complimentary Therapies Association of Australia (CTAA) and the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).

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Facebook use, anxiety, and self-esteem

Did you ever wonder if heavy facebook use, anxiety and low self-esteem are linked?  We did, so we investigated anxiety and self esteem in 224 young adults who profess to be heavy users of facebook.  Results found that "it depends".  That is, if a person already has low self esteem, heavy facebook use is likely to result in high anxiety.  However, if a person has a healthy self esteem, their anxiety is not related to heavy facebook use.  
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Autism and parenting

Is there a difference in parenting styles between parents of children with autism, and those of children who are not autistic?  This was the question explored in this piece of research.  In this experimental piece of research, parental receptiveness and responsiveness was compared between both sets of parents, and findings indicated that parents of children who are autistic are indeed signficantly less receptive and responsive to their child's behaviours, communications, and playing.  However, more research is needed to clarify these differences.  Press below for more information. 

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Eating disorder and temperament at puberty

Have you ever wondered why some young girls are more susceptible to unhealthy eating habits once entering puberty, compared to others?  We were. So, we surveyed 292 individuals with known eating disorders and measured their onset of the disorder, the severity of thier eating disorder, and their temperatmental traits.  Results found that those who are excessive worriers, are shy, and are sensitive to social approval are more likely to develop problematic eating behaviours (dieting, excessive exercise, binging and purging) at puberty, compared to others.  Press Listen below for more.

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Singing and wellbeing

Little research has been conducted on the wellbeing effects of group singing for members of general population. Using accepted research techniques, this paper reports that group singing can enhance a persons sense of self, can be uplifting, can enhance social connection, and offer a space of sanctuary for members of the general population. 

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