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Physical Symptoms of Mental Illness

Posted by Erin Fischer on

When we think of mental illnesses, we think of something that we can’t see and is just located in the brain, and this isn’t always true. For many people their mental illness can manifest physically at times. Over the past few weeks, we have looked at how external factors can impact our mental health but what about our mental health impacting our physical health?

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Vices, Stress and Healthy Coping Mechanisms

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Stress isn’t something new. With around 15% of Australians experiencing high or very high levels of psychological stress (according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics) and it can be seen as modern society’s illness. While stress is often seen as a bad thing, we need it to survive, and it can be a good thing; keeping us alert when we sense danger and keeping us motivated. However, when we deal with stress for prolonged periods, it can have negative impacts. Many things cause us stress, from work to busy schedules to family drama. How we choose to deal with stress varies on the person, with many people turning to unhelpful coping mechanisms, also known as vices.

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Stress and Mental Health

Posted by Erin Fischer on

It’s the season for stress, ask anyone and they will be stressed about something whether that is work, family stuff or general end of year stuff they will be stressed in some area of their life. But what is stress? Is it the same as anxiety? And how can we prevent it?

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Understanding Self-Harm

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When we think of self-harm, we think of scars up and down someone’s arms, people wearing long sleeves even in the middle of Summer and someone who is visibly depressed and moody. Self-harm isn’t a mental illness, but it can be a side effect. A person with a mental illness is more likely to self-harm than those who don’t have a mental illness, but someone may still choose to do self-harm if they have experienced trauma, abuse or a major negative life event.

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Drugs and Mental Illness

Posted by Erin Fischer on

Following on from last weeks article we will be looking at drug use and mental illness and whether drugs can cause mental illness, contribute to mental illness and why some people may be genetically vulnerable to drug induced psychosis.

There are various reasons why people use drugs: to have a good time and relax, to get that high that nothing else can give them, their friends are using them and they decide to try them, to self medicate and sometimes just because they can. 

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