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Is Gaming Affecting Your Mental Health

It seems the quest for a higher score could be hurting our mental health. This is particularly the case for those who are spending endless hours gaming each week, to the detriment of other areas of their life. This year, problems related to excessive use of video games will receive their own disorder with The World Health Organisation (WHO) planning to include Gaming Disorder in their next released diagnostic manual. This won’t come as a surprise to many parents who are struggling to tear their children away from video games each day. Or to those whose partners don’t even look up from their screens when they walk through the door. It also doesn’t come as a surprise to me, when working with y

Why We Need To Get Personal

I hate getting personal. One would think that I‘d be very comfortable getting personal being a psychologist. But that’s only if someone else is getting personal, not me. I’m always urging others to share their experiences and talk about their feelings. Us psychologists know how powerful this can be, because we get to hear stories every day. Openness and vulnerability is life changing. But it doesn’t come naturally to most of us. Including myself. In fact, I’ve got conversation diversion down to a fine art when people get too personal with me, about me. Understandably, no one wants psychologists talking about themselves. But perhaps their personal story can help, in the right setting. In fac

Do You Have a FOTU?

Some people, particularly those unhappy with their current circumstances, welcome change. Whether the change is self-directed or forced upon them, they see it as an opportunity to pursue another pathway. But for many of us, change is not welcomed with such opened arms. I stumbled across the new term ‘FOTU’ recently, and it quite aptly describes a phenomenon I have been noticing in recent times in people who have faced changed in the workplace or who are on the cusp of it. Presenting as anxious and worried about the future, the Fear of The Unknown (FOTU) depicts the anxiety of not knowing what is going to happen next and the uncomfortable feelings that go along with it. Whether it’s a recent

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