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Internet Addiction – The Signs, Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

In the digital age in which we live, the internet has taken over. Most of what we do, can be done on the internet and most of us spend at least a couple of hours each day online. While internet addiction is not yet an officially recognized mental disorder, there is no doubting that internet addiction is a real condition and a troubling one at that. At Psylegal, we are Melbourne’s trusted psychologists, highly experienced in addiction treatments. So what exactly is internet addiction? How can you tell if you or someone you know is affected and what are the…

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Coping with Anxiety During Bushfire Season

Bushfires are a common part of Australian life, and as summer rolls around, they are something many of us have come to expect and prepare for – but no matter how prepared you may be, bushfire season is a stressful time for a lot of people. At Psyelgal, we are a Melbourne-based psychology practice committed to providing quality psychological care and anxiety treatment to the local Melbourne community and wider Victorian population. Here’s our guide to dealing with your anxiety during the bushfire season. Prepare Yourself Emotionally When most people think of bushfire preparation, getting your house or property ready…

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What Are the 3 Main Types of Trauma?

Most people will experience a traumatic event in their life at one time or another. Trauma has no boundaries and can affect anyone regardless of age, race, or gender and because not all traumatic experiences are the same, there are different treatment strategies that can be used to treat different individuals. Psylegal is the leading place for trauma counselling Melbourne locals know and trust. Here’s our guide to the main types of trauma – Acute, Chronic and Complex. What is Acute Trauma? Often associated with a single event that happens in an individual’s life, acute trauma could come in the…

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Postnatal Depression (PND): What You Need to Know

Welcoming a baby and adjusting to motherhood brings with it a wide range of emotions, ranging from happiness and excitement to stress and anxiety. While it’s natural and common that the physical changes of pregnancy and childbirth can affect your mood and feelings, postnatal depression is more than just feeling low, it’s a serious psychological condition that only gets worse if left untreated. At Psylegal, we are highly experienced in treating postnatal depression and helping mothers overcome their debilitating symptoms. Read ahead for what you need to know about postnatal depression. What is PND? Affecting 1 in every 7 Australian…

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7 Easy Ways to Help Manage Anxiety

In any one year, it is estimated that over 2 million Australians are affected by anxiety. Unfortunately, when it comes to a cure there is no quick fix, addressing anxiety requires long-term changes and a comprehensive treatment plan. At Psylegal, we are the specialists in anxiety treatment in Melbourne and our programs are tailored to the specific needs of each client. If you suffer from anxiety, there are some simple things you can do on a daily basis which may help to ease your anxiety and provide some relief from your symptoms. Exercise Regularly Exercise promotes blood flow and improves…

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Psychiatrists Vs Psychologists

If you are struggling with your mental health, it may be difficult to know where to turn. Are you unsure of who you need to see, a psychiatrist or a psychologist? What is the difference, anyway? Many people get psychiatrists and psychologists confused with each other. At Psylegal, we have a team of highly skilled and qualified Melbourne psychologists specialising in depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions. Let’s take a look at psychologists and psychiatrists and explain the differences between the two. What Are the Main Difference Between Psychiatrists and Psychologists? Both psychiatrists and psychologists understand how the brain…

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Supporting a Friend or Family Member After a Traumatic Event

It can be difficult to see someone you care about struggle with the distress caused by a traumatic or frightening event and it can be even harder to understand their pain and know how to make them feel better. While there is nothing you can say or do that will make the person’s pain disappear, your support along with that of other friends, family and health professionals, plays a significant role in their recovery process. At Psylegal, our team of Melbourne life coaches and psychologists and are highly experienced in helping individuals overcome the effects of PTSD and other traumatic…

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Returning to Work After Mental Health Treatment

One in four people will experience some kind of mental health problem and subsequently require time off work in the course of a year. Despite this statistic, negotiating a return to work can be difficult for most people. Lack of understanding, as well as stigma and discrimination around mental health all combine to make returning to work after mental illness overwhelming and stressful. At Psylegal, our professional depression psychologists in Melbourne are experienced in providing effective depression treatments and helping people return to work. Read on for our tips on how you can help make the transition easier. Take Care…

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – How It Can Impact Relationships

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) combined with a relationship is a complicated mix that has the potential to be difficult both for the person living with PTSD and their partner. Those suffering from PTSD may struggle to relate to other people in a healthy way when they have problems with trust, closeness, and other important aspects of relationships. They often appear distant from their partners and are subject to sudden mood swings, they may have trouble communicating how they're feeling and at times, they might not even understand what they're coping with. While a healthy relationship may be complex if you…

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The Impact Of Social Media Use On Children’s Mental Health

Social media and online chatrooms have been around now for decades, and seem to be growing in the dependency of its use among youngsters today. With the growing number of social media platforms and online gaming, youngsters have become emerged in the world of cyberspace far more than what any other generation has. The benefits of the internet are boundless. Instant information is educational and beneficial for your children – there’s no doubt about that. However, have you considered what the effects social media and other online forums have on the behaviour of your children? Several studies have shown a…

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