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What is Trauma Informed Care and why do we need it?

29 Aug , 2019 - Uncategorized

What is Trauma Informed Care and why do we need it?

What does trauma-informed care look like? When do we need to use trauma informed care?
The very first thing we need to have awareness of is just how common trauma is, and to recognise that almost every person who seeks treatment could have experienced at least one traumatic event in their life. We don’t always need to probe people about these experiences; instead, we need to assume that they may have this history and act accordingly. Trauma Informed Care (TIC) is appropriate for all our clients, regardless whether they disclose a trauma history or not. Care that is trauma informed involves prevention, recognition, and response to trauma-related difficulties. Experts agree that incorporating an awareness of trauma into medical care requires a systems-wide approach.

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Understanding Dyspraxia

11 Mar , 2019 - Behavioral Health, Blog, Developmental Health

Understanding Dyspraxia

  I’m not clumsy. I am not stupid and I hate having toothpaste on my shirt.   Understanding Dyspraxia – A parent and teen’s guide   ‘Everyone called me stupid, clumsy too. My Mum was worried that sometimes I didn’t think about things like my brother. I was worried about being bullied, losing my football […]

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The long-term physical and mental effects of drug abuse

25 Feb , 2019 - Blog, Drug Addiction, Substance Abuse

The long-term physical and mental effects of drug abuse

Drugs come in many forms; illegal, prescription and even over the counter medications that, if abused, can lead to a serious dependency. From street drugs, such as heroin, cocaine, fentanyl and methamphetamine to prescribed medications, like Oxycodone and Vicodin and even those bought from a pharmacy, for example, codeine; all alter the chemistry of the brain and create a need, both mentally and physically to continue feeding the addiction.

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The long-term physical and mental effects of alcohol abuse

25 Feb , 2019 - Alcohol Addiction, Blog, Substance Abuse

The long-term physical and mental effects of alcohol abuse

Alcohol is the most readily available drug to society, and as such has long been used and abused. If it were to be invented today the likelihood is that it would be banned and criminalized. According to Professor David Nutt, an English neuropsychopharmacologist specializing in the research of drugs that affect the brain and conditions such as addiction, ‘alcohol is more harmful than heroin or crack when the overall dangers to the individual and society are considered’.

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Insomnia and Depression

31 Jan , 2019 - Blog, Depression, Substance Abuse

Insomnia and Depression

‘Insomnia’ is a word that we use and hear often. How much do we truly understand about insomnia and the links to depression? What can we do to help?
Insomnia comes from the Latin ‘in’ (no) and ‘somnus’ (sleep).
Insomnia is a pattern of severely reduced sleep or no sleep. It is a subjective diagnosis based upon being dissatisfied with the amount of sleep that we are getting.

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Drinking and Dependency – The Slippery Slope

31 Jan , 2019 - Alcohol Addiction, Blog, Substance Abuse

Drinking and Dependency – The Slippery Slope

Dependency on alcohol can sneak up on you without ever having realised there was a problem. A habit that is hard to break, it becomes all-consuming.

A few harmless drinks or a few too many?

Rewarding yourself with a few drinks at the end of a hard day has become somewhat of a norm. Whether in a social situation or even once home alone, the draw to have a drink or few in order to relax and unwind can quickly become a habit that creates a false sense of security and an ultimate escape from reality.

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Body Dysmorphic Disorder

20 Jan , 2019 - Blog, Eating Disorder

Body Dysmorphic Disorder

The jokes and quips like, ‘does my bum look big in this?’ and the length of time it takes to get ready for a night out are often rooted in light-hearted fun. However, for approximately 3% of people, how they feel about their looks, body and image can have severe implications on life, home, work and relationships.

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Do violent games cause aggression in teenagers?

19 Dec , 2018 - Blog, Gaming Addiction

Do violent games cause aggression in teenagers?

Gaming, racing, and high risk on screen behaviors could be adversely affecting your teenagers behavior in real world situations.

In studies examining the influence of violent and risk taking game play in young people aged 9 to 19; Researchers from the department of psychological and brain sciences at Dartmouth College have found that playing such games significantly increases aggressive and unpleasant behaviors in the real world.

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Mental Health Relapse – Navigating the not so good times

19 Dec , 2018 - Blog

Mental Health Relapse – Navigating the not so good times

Sometimes, during times of stress or change, symptoms can prove challenging once again. These times are often referred to as ‘relapses’. Sometimes relapse will require hospital admission or an inpatient stay in a residential facility similar to The Wave. Sometimes the consequences of a relapse or worsening of symptoms can have more serious consequences. Without inpatient support symptoms can escalate requiring a crisis intervention.

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