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Sleep disorders causing sleep deprivation are well known to cause range of physical problems, including such things as weight gain and diabetes [1]. And it is clear that emotional issues – such as low mood, anxiety and stress – are commonly associated with troubled sleeping patterns, including insomnia. But a correlation has now been made between sleep problems and depression which strongly suggests that young women with sleep problems are at a greater risk of developing depressi ... read more
Posted: 19/04/2013 3:23:41 PM by Joanna Fishman | with 0 comments


The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is used by psychiatrists, psychologists and professional counsellors in the United States as a classification manual for the diagnosis of mental health disorders. The Sydney Morning Herald recently reported concern on recently proposed changes to the DSM. Specifically, the new version of the DSM seeks to equate aspects of grief with depressive illnesses in a move which has some psychiatrics expressing grave concern. The concer ... read more
Posted: 12/04/2013 3:38:20 PM by Joanna Fishman | with 0 comments


A reasonable time to go to bed rolls around. Instead of going to bed, you stay up watching a video on YouTube on your tablet and then another, and then another. The next thing you know it is the middle of the night and you have to be up to go to work in less than five hours. Does this or something like it sound familiar? Sleep habits can be a major contributing factor to numerous health problems, including stroke, high blood pressure, heart disease, depression and diabetes. According to a re ... read more
Posted: 22/03/2013 2:51:10 PM by Joanna Fishman | with 1 comments


What do you have in common with George Clooney, Adam Levine and Jack Nicholson? I hope the answer is “charm and good looks”, but if not, it could be because you – like these Hollywood hunks – have commitment issues. Clooney, Levine and Nicholson have notoriously gone through a litany of A-listers and models alike consecutively (and at times concurrently). A commitment-phobe fears long-term relationships or marriage. Usually the fear stems from some traumatic event th ... read more
Posted: 11/03/2013 4:41:18 PM by Joanna Fishman | with 0 comments


The Federal Government has announced a scheme to introduce Cyber-Safety education into Australian schools. The program, to be run by Life Education Australia, has been implemented due to concerns about the growing usage of mobile phone and internet technology amongst school-age children, and the risks associated with such use. Bullying has long been a problem for children and adults alike, but cyber-bullying introduces a whole new realm and risk to the problem. Specifically, cyber-bullying ... read more
Posted: 30/01/2013 4:33:35 PM by Joanna Fishman | with 1 comments


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