Chronic fatigue syndrome is one of the more misunderstood illnesses. The disorder is marked by prolonged tiredness, which is worsened by physical and mental activities, and is never improved by bed rest. The cause of the illness is still unknown, which is largely why some who are afflicted with it report having been diagnosed only…

If you’re basing your idea of psychotherapy on what you’ve seen in movies and on TV, most likely, your idea is wrong. Most depictions of this treatment are simply done for laughs, but one thing’s for sure: Those who turn to psychotherapy are dealing with a whole range of issues from personal growth and wanting…

In this interview, we speak with Australia Counselling member Carolien Koreneff about diabetes and the mental health and psychology issues associated with this disease. Listen to the audio above or read the transcript below. Check out the links at the bottom of this post for diabetes resources in Australia. Transcript: CLINTON: Hello. This is Clinton…

Some would argue that in today’s hypersexual world, the idea that someone would legitimately have minimal or no interest in sex at all is more than a little suspicious. While activists have fought for respect and recognition for people all along the gender and sexuality spectrum, even the most liberal among us may feel that…

Everybody gets angry. But, how do you know if your anger is a real concern? This questionnaire will help you assess your ability to cope with anger and determine whether or not anger management is a problem for you. Please read through each question, recording the indicated score for each yes or no response. Your…

Bedwetting, or “nocturnal enuresis”, is surprisingly common. The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that 20% of 5 year olds are bedwetters, as are 10% of 6 year olds. Thankfully, most children grow out of it in time. What many parents don’t know is that bedwetting has a hereditary component, so a child may well stop…

As something of a latecomer to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of psychiatric disorders, Body Dysmorphic Disorder  (BDD) is not as well understood as it should be. Sufferers become obsessed with one or more perceived body flaws. This obsession can become so strong that it interferes with regular daily life, and very often co-occurs with…

Say “learning disorder” and most people will immediately think of dyslexia. However, the brain can have difficulty receiving, processing and responding to all kinds of information and this can affect performance in the areas of writing, arithmetic, listening, speaking or spelling as well as reading. Here are the most common misconceptions about what learning disorders…

So, you want to get plastic surgery. You’ve probably done your homework and researched the procedure you’re interested in, found reputable surgeons in your area and read about what to expect. But unfortunately people who are considering surgery are seldom encouraged to also explore their psychological motivations for seeking it out. It can be a…

Sleeping is like a reset button between days. Sleeping gives the body and mind time to unplug and recharge, so the next day can be tackled anew. If you’re not sleeping well, your sense of well being can deteriorate very quickly. Without adequate sleep, most people are irritable, less alert and even more prone to…