Tag: Depression

  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.

  Perfect Storm

This article describes observations surrounding an increase in existential depression amongst bright, creative and resourceful young men in their early years of adulthood.

  A Calming Voice

As a psychologist, when you hear your clients’ deeply personal stories over many years, you learn that often their most profound experiences often have a numinous or sacred quality. This article explores the role of numinous or sacred experiences in someone’s recovery from mental health problems.

  Positive Power

Some of the most important messages about mental health are simple optimistic messages. This article explores the role of the media in perpetuating a positive environment for our community, as well as how a pessimistic outlook has been perpetuated by pharmaceutical companies in order to gain financially.

  Good Enough

An article exploring the fact that despite cultural value we place on seeking and attaining wealth, research suggests that the actual relationship between wealth and happiness is relatively modest.

  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 »

  Perfect Storm

This article relates to an increase in the rates of depression that has been observed amongst young men in recent years.

  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 »