for October, 2017

The Value of Accepting Depression: On World Mental Health Day

Posted on October 9, 2017 in Uncategorized - 0

By Kathryn Smith, Clinical Psychologist

If managing depression is one of your life challenges, you may at times feel isolated and alone in your journey. The reality is, you are not alone with approximately 300 million people around the world, swimming in the same tumultuous sea. Like any illness, physical or mental, acknowledgement and acceptance is paramount to recovery.

This week is QLD Mental Health Week with the key messages being; ‘Seek Support, Make Connections and Share Your Experience’. All of these steps are key in managing mental health concerns and underlying these steps is accepting the illness and the journey ahead.

Many people find it difficult to accept depression, denying the feelings brewing inside for fear of the stigma associated with mental illness. Denial is counterproductive and will only prolong the symptoms of depression and its effects on your life. Accepting the illness, as just that, an illness, and working towards managing it, like you would a physical ailment, can bring great long-term value. This does not mean the illness should define you or form part of your identity.

Everyone’s journey with depression is different and there is no ‘one-size fits all’ approach to therapy. There are various, clinically proven treatments for depression and finding the right psychologist and therapeutic approach for you, can ultimately place you on the path to better health and wellness.

Sharing your experience with others and asking for the support of your friends and family can also, for many people play an important part in management and recovery.

So, let this week be an important reminder that it is not the illness that defines you but your strength and courage to accept it and reach out for help and support.

If you need help with depression or other mental health concerns, visit our website for tools, information and resources

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The power of being aware of your thoughts

Posted on October 9, 2017 in Uncategorized - 0

Kathryn Smith, Clinical Psychologist, Psychology Consultants, Brisbane

This week is QLD Mental Health Week, a timely reminder to check in with yourself and other’s and to value our mental health, like we do our physical health. May it also act as a reminder to be aware of our thoughts as they are more powerful than you might know.

A constant flow of negative thoughts can be destructive, leading to low mood and unhealthy behaviour. Challenging these negative thoughts and taking control of your own mind is a powerful step to a healthier you. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT is a form of psychotherapy practiced by mental health professionals across the world to clinically treat mental illness as well as non-clinical issues, like relationship distress and trauma. As well as being effective in treating mental illness, CBT can be applied to resolve every-day personal issues and the first step is being aware of your thoughts.

CBT focuses on the way people think about things (including their attitudes and beliefs) and the way they behave. It is based on the understanding that thinking negatively is a habit, and, like any other bad habit, it can be modified. It helps people identify where their thoughts and actions are negative, and then to replace these “bad habits” with more helpful thoughts and responses.

In a nutshell, this form of therapy provides strategies that teach you to be aware of the automatic thoughts that pop into your head, empowering you to take control of how they make you feel and act. Being able to apply these principals into every day settings that challenge you, like your workplace, a social scene or even in your fitness regime, can help you achieve your personal goals, improve mood and outlook on life.

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