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National Pain Week 24th-30th July 2017

National Pain Week is from 24th– 30th July 2017 led by Chronic Pain Australia and promotes four core aims:

  1. To de-stigmatise the experience of chronic pain;
  2. Promote current thinking to explain chronic pain to the wider Australian community;
  3. Create healing relationships between the person in pain and their pain clinician;
  4. Reduce the isolation and suffering of people in pain.

Living with chronic pain is linked with depression for many people and has long been a focus for the team at Adelaide Psychological Services. Research shows women are more susceptible to depression based on the level of pain, whereas men are more susceptible to depression based on how their pain interferes with daily activities, work and lifestyle.

Adelaide Psychological Services early intervention approach works with a broad range of clients to help them cope with the psychological impacts of pain. The team at Adelaide Psychological Services work through common challenges for our clients including

¨ acceptance of the cause of pain, workplace accidents, motor vehicle accidents or other serious injury

¨ managing long term pain levels by adjusting to life changes brought on by chronic pain

¨ maintaining healthy relationships within the family whilst living with chronic pain.

¨ return to work

GP’s can refer using a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan. Rebates are available from Medicare and some private health funds.  We also accept referrals from Return to Work SA / Allianz, lawyers and other insurance providers. Talk to your GP about getting a referral to see one of our psychologists, or ring our office today on 8295 4150

View our Pain Brochure

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7th World Congress on Family Law

Dr Don Tustin presented a paper about Mental Health Treatment Reports submitted as evidence to a Family Court at the recent 7th World Congress on Family Law. Following the introduction of subsidies for psychological treatment for people with anxiety and depression in Australia in 2006, GPs are increasingly referring parents who are experiencing difficulties over separations and family law proceedings.

Following therapy, some parents ask for a treatment report about progress they have made in therapy and submit these reports to a Family Court.   Australian Family Law Courts are increasingly accepting mental health treatment reports. Family Courts have shown particular interest in treatment reports for parents who: struggle to co-parent, involve children in adult disputes, struggle to discipline their child because the child becomes anxious, struggle to establish clear boundaries, and when two parents struggle to communicate without one parent becoming anxious or depressed.

Judges are expressing interest in treatment reports that help a child to learn resilience skills, and to participate in family discussions about disputes between their parents that impact on the child.  There is also interest in parenting practices that are suitable for children with distinct temperaments.

Feedback from judges is that these reports help to clarify complex topics, and support parents to maintain contact with their children which is the aim of the 2006 amendments to the Family Law Act.

The feedback about Don’s paper was that Australia is ahead of other parts of the world in providing therapy for families who are distressed by separation.

If you would like more information on this approach please contact Adelaide Psychological Services on 82954150.

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Welcome Sarah Kordick to the Team

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Adelaide Psychological Services welcome Sarah Kordick to the team.

Sarah has relocated from Cairns where she operated her own private practice.

Sarah has experience working with parents, couples, children, both as individuals and groups.

She has a special interest in depression, anxiety, perinatal mental health, grief and loss, parenting issues, behavioural problems, addiction, relationship problems, interpersonal issues, managing emotions, anger management, sleep problems and motivational issues.

Sarah integrates a range of approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy, narrative therapy, schema therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and motivational interviewing.

If you would like information on the services we provide, please call our receptionist today on 8295 4150.

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Is my Stress Healthy Stress??

Our psychologists are skilled at treating clients who suffer from anxiety, depression, grief and loss.

There are many causes of stress and stress affects each person differently, depending on how we handle a situation. Chronic stress can hinder healthy and happy lifestyles and may cause further issues or symptoms of anxiety and or depression.

When you are in a stressful situation, your body launches a physical response. Your nervous system springs into action, releasing hormones that prepare you to either fight or take off. It’s called the “fight or flight” response, and it’s why, when you’re in a stressful situation, you may notice that your heartbeat speeds up, your muscles tense up, your breathing gets faster and you start to sweat. This kind is short-term (acute stress) and your body usually recovers quickly from it.

However if your stress system stays activated over long periods of time (chronic stress), it can lead to serious health problems. The constant rush of hormones can put a lot of wear and tear on your body, causing it to age more quickly and making it more prone to illness.

If you feel you can’t remain calm or relaxed in certain situations, we are here to help. We have psychologists who are able to address and treat many concerns and issues.

Call us today on 8295 4150 for more information or to make an appointment.

Visit Beyond Blue for fact sheets.

 

 

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Depression

 

Have you been feeling sad or down for a long time? It could be a sign of depression.

Sometimes we may feel down, moody or sad, but when these feelings last longer such as weeks, months or years, it could be depression.

Depression affects both people’s mental health and physical health. Symptoms may include:

  • Low mood and unhappy thoughts
  • Loss of enjoyment and lack of interest in usual pleasurable activities
  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • Unable to concentrate
  • Feeling unhappy and irritable
  • Relying on alcohol or drugs 

Physical conditions may arise from depression, such as lack of sleep, headaches, stomach aches, muscle aches, considerable weight loss or weight gain and feeling tired.

Psychologists at Adelaide Psychological Services provide early intervention and evidence based therapy to clients who are experiencing depression. Effective therapy by a trained psychologist allows clients to develop coping and self-managing skills.

GP’s can refer clients suffering from depression, under the GP Mental Health Treatment Plan as this allows Medicare rebates which subsidize the cost of appointments. Alternatively some Private health funds may provide rebates. 

If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, phone our practice today on 8295 4150.

 

Beyond Blue has information available to the public. 

 

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Depression and anxiety

 

Is depression and anxiety preventing you from enjoying your usual things in life?

 

Our psychologists at Adelaide Psychological Services have many years experience and skills in treating anxiety disorders and mood disorders.

Anxiety symptoms may include:

 

  • Feelings of panic and fear
  • Felt irritable
  • Obsessive thinking and worrying
  • Compulsive behaviour
  • Problems sleeping
  • Being unable to enjoy activities.

 

If you feel that you have anxiety or depression, make an appointment to see your GP. Your GP can refer you under a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan, to see a psychologist for treatment and management of anxiety and depression.

 

For more information, please call our receptionist on 8295 4150.

 

Beyond blue have brochures and factsheets about depression and anxiety. Visit beyond blue website.

 

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