Tag: Depression

  Always a Critic

Do you have an inner critic? Do you have an internal voice that sometimes criticises something about you or what you’ve done? This article is about dealing with the inner critic, a common contributor to depression.  

  Take on your inner critic

Do you have an inner critic? Do you have an internal voice that sometimes criticises something about you or something you have done? As a psychologist, I assume that everybody does. It’s normal to have an inner critic. The real question is what is our relationship with that part of ourselves that critically observes and… Read more »

  Never Take Your Own Life

Last year the suicide rate in Australia increased by 9%. Sorry to bring up such a down topic, but I assure you that things look up at the end. Because that’s how it is with suicidal thoughts and struggling with impulses to end one’s life. Resist suicidal thoughts at all costs, because things get better… Read more »

  Don’t Give Up

Last year, the suicide rate in Australia increased by 9%. This article emphasises that regardless of how much someone may be struggling, suicide is never the answer as it is always possible to recover from depressive episodes.

  How to Deal with Suicidal Thoughts

Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey provides some practical tips for when someone is having suicidal thoughts. It’s important to have a way to deal with suicidal thoughts. Roughly 1 in 3 clients who present to our psychology practice will experience some suicidal ideation. Severe and ongoing distress can hugely distort our thinking. It’s important to reach… Read more »

  How to Use Synchronicity to Learn From Depression

Clinical psychologist and author of Synchronicity: Empower Your Life with the Gift of Coincidence, Chris Mackey, discusses how he’s used synchronicity to reframe periods of mental illness in his own life and the lives of his clients. Synchronicity is the uncanny and fortuitous timing of events that seems to go beyond pure chance. It can… Read more »

  Rising Above Bullying – One Teen’s Story

With a name like Max Green, it’s no surprise golf is a favourite pass-time for one young Australian, but it also plays a more important role in helping facilitate Max’s recovery from depression and anxiety due to schoolyard bullying. This clip was taken from season one of Destination Happiness.

  Two Layers of Psychological Distress

When people seek therapy for a problem, often there are two layers to the issue they’re confronting. There is the psychological problem itself, such as anxiety or depression. But there is also the client’s emotional reaction to the issues they’re presenting with, often including guilt or shame. It is often the person’s non-accepting reaction to… Read more »

  Three Coping Alternatives for Problem Situations

Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey discusses three coping alternatives for dealing with ongoing distress associated with a difficult situation, such as problems in a job or relationship. The three basic coping alternatives are: change it, accept it, or leave. It is often best to first try to improve the situation. However, if serious problems persist despite… Read more »

  When Facing a Crisis – The Four Stages of Change

Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey discusses the four stages of change associated with going through a period of crisis. These stages are crisis, the dark night of the soul (depression), breakthrough and consolidation.