Tag: Depression

  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 of dealing with suicidal thoughts. Roughly 1 in 3 therapy clients who present to a psychology practice with distress will experience some suicidal ideation at different points throughout their illness. One of the greatest… 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 Levels 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.

  Facing Core Fears

Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey discusses the three core fears that are often associated with anxiety and depression. These three core fears relate to a fear of failure, a fear of disapproval and a fear of discomfort.

  Existential Depression in Young Men

Over recent years I’ve noticed an increase in depression amongst bright, creative and resourceful young men in early years of adulthood. I think it hints at deep social and cultural change. This pattern contrasts with that expectation that mental health problems such as depression are more likely to be suffered by those who are less… Read more »

  Self-Compassion Bolsters our Mental Health

Self-compassion is important for our mental health and wellbeing. Most of us will suffer from at least some form of mental distress at some point in our lives that could warrant some external help, especially after intense or prolonged periods of stress. There is now much less stigma associated with seeking help for such difficulties… Read more »

  Beating the Winter Blues

As the days get shorter and colder, some of us will be dreading the “winter blues”. Geelong’s latitude of 38 degrees south means that there is substantial variation in our seasons. Many of us enjoy this variety and have different preferences for our favourite season (my theory is that depends partly on when we were… Read more »