Just what is the “Empty Nest” Syndrome?

Just what is the “Empty Nest” Syndrome?

Has your last child grown up and ready to leave home or perhaps already moved out?  If so you may be experiencing some mixed emotions.  Find out why the empty nest syndrome happens and what you can do about it. Just what is the “Empty Nest” Syndrome? The “Empty Nest”...
Recognising Depression in the Adolescent

Recognising Depression in the Adolescent

Adolescence can be a difficult period that is often characterised by some degree of emotional instability.  Rapid developmental changes, struggling with conflicting identities and unrealistic social expectations, may lead to uncertainty over role behaviour and...
The adolescent in Crisis

The adolescent in Crisis

What is the Adolescent in Crisis? First assess whether it is a serious crisis Most adolescents go through periods of experimentation and risk taking but when the dangerous behaviour becomes frequent or life threatening then it is a problem Possible causes of...
Panic Attacks and Coping Strategies – Part 2

Panic Attacks and Coping Strategies – Part 2

Fighting panic is not a good idea, however if you detect the early symptoms there are a number of strategies that you can use before panic gets out of control 1. Retreat – exit the panic-provoking situation if possible until the anxiety subsides, for example if you...
Adolescents and Eating Disorders

Adolescents and Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are fairly common during the adolescent stage of development.  Concerns with body image and weight control may lead to the development of disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia.  This is due to the determination not to become obese. Obesity:...
Trauma and responses to trauma

Trauma and responses to trauma

What is Trauma? Trauma is an event that is experienced as: outside the range of normal human experience causes emotional/physical distress  involves a threat to the life of the person or others and  feelings of intense fear, helplessness or horror *not breaking your...
Affirmations – what are they?

Affirmations – what are they?

Positive affirmations affirm your positive beliefs about yourself and about your life. They can be used to affirm specific goals and dreams. (Here they would describe the dream or goal in its “already completed” state.) Affirmations help you to attract feelings and...