The latest in news and innovations from Assoc/Prof Gary Galambos.

Anxiety Disorders

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Bowlby considered care-eliciting, care-giving, competitive power-seeking and cooperating as derivatives and developmental expressions of the affiliation & bonding archetype. Neurotic illness may occur due to deficient parental care frustrating archetypal anticipations, as maturation proceeds through a sequence of innate expectations which the environment either fulfils or fails to meet.

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Schore (2002) argues that the predisposition for arousal dysregulation under stress in those with anxiety disorders, results from dysregulati...

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Metaphorical models - Anxiety Disorders


Anxiety is adaptive. It drives the athlete, motivating them to compete, to train, to perform and to win. It drives the student to attend lectures, to read boring textbooks, to study and to pass. They may be anxious about failure, about humiliation, about losing self-esteem, losing confidence, losing momentum, about letting others down, or merely anxious to chase success. There are numerous fears that might trigger anxiety that is adaptive as it helps to drive some behaviour that is deemed adaptive for the individual.

Panic attacks

Anxiety may also be triggered by danger, by t...

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Apr/May 2018 NSW Branch Newsletter

Let me indulge myself in this last column I write to you as Chair. Actually, some might say I’ve already indulged during these past four years of columns! Having said that, most of the feedback has been complimentary or at least indicating appreciation of being informed by my personal perspective, interest in the content and awareness that advocacy requires strategic tactics.

If you attended the NSW Branch General Meeting in April, you would have heard the NSW committee chairs present their reports and seen reflected in my Branch Committee report a glimmer of how diligently and intensely the B...

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Practical books about depression and bipolar disorder

Managing Depression Growing Older A guide for professionals and carers Kerrie Eyers, Gordon Parker and Henry Brodaty

Tackling Depression at Work A practical guide for employees and managers Kerrie Eyers and Gordon Parker

Navigating Teenage Depression A guide for parents and professionals Gordon Parker and Kerrie Eyers

Mastering Bipolar Disorder An insider's guide to managing mood swings and finding balance Edited by Kerrie Eyers and Gordon Parker, 2008

Journeys with the Black Dog Inspirational stories of bringing depression to heel


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Metaphorical models - Psychotic Disorders

Psychosis is terminology of the medical model. It refers to symptoms (feelings, thoughts and behaviour) that doctors / mental health professionals objectively perceive in the patient. To the patient, a different perspective is experienced. Telling a psychotic patient that the voice they are hearing is not real or the belief that a conspiracy is occurring around them is not real is like trying to convince someone that the chair they are sitting on does not really exist,

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