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Gratitude is just the beginning – Bite Back’s Mental Fitness Challenge

We could all do with a little improvement in our “mental fitness.” It would help us manage those moments of anxiety and low mood, but it would also help us manage the ordinary stresses in our daily lives.

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Recent articles

When I say “I Love You” I may not mean what you think
When I say “I Love You” I may not mean what you think
Dr Jan Orman

Human emotions are a complex thing. Some scientists try to identify and classify emotions using electroencephalographic signals in the deep neural network. Others study body movement and gesture dynamics. Others concentrate on physiological indicators.

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How did you go over Christmas?
How did you go over Christmas?
Dr Jan Orman

I find Christmas a bit stressful but I don’t think I’m alone in that. Everyone has a different basis for their Christmas stress and I know what my problem is. I want to make the celebration perfect for everyone.

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Walking the Dog
Walking the Dog
Dr Jan Orman

– It’s never too early or too late to learn some self-soothing strategies.

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How is Your Mental Health?
How is Your Mental Health?
Dr Jan Orman

It has become pretty clear in recent times that health practitioners are no less subject to mental health problems than the people they treat. More so perhaps! Why might that be?

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Improving Mental Health in the LGBTI+ Community
Improving Mental Health in the LGBTI+ Community
Dr Jan Orman

The next Black Dog Institute / eMHPrac live webinar will be held on 15th November. It’s an auspicious date. It’s the date the results of the national plebiscite on marriage equality will be announced.

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A story about a Psychiatrist’s clever daughter and how she saved his life
A story about a Psychiatrist’s clever daughter and how she saved his life
Dr Jan Orman

Psychiatry is ideally suited to videoconferencing but there are perils and pitfalls that become apparent once you engage with it that can be quite discouraging. Our guest blogger is Dr Zelko Mustac, a Sydney psychiatrist who has worked for many years in Western Australia and is very conscious of the difficulty of delivering psychiatric care to rural and remote areas. Here is his story:

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Other People’s Stories
Other People’s Stories
Dr Jan Orman

Humans of New York is an amazing blog. There is always something worth thinking about in its stories of ordinary people struggling with life. The stories are short and easy to read but each one contains an interesting message.

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Exercise Schmexercise
Exercise Schmexercise
Dr Jan Orman

Do you know anyone who has difficulty motivating themselves to exercise? I think we all know people who get too depressed to exercise or too anxious to leave the house. But there are other people who, despite a lack of “diagnosis”, find exercise hugely difficult to contemplate.

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eMH Treatment Programs -  which one shall I choose?
eMH Treatment Programs - which one shall I choose?
Dr Jan Orman

Trying to decide what online mental health treatment programs to use can be difficult. There seem to be so many of them! Which one will be easiest to use? What style is best? Should I choose something specific for the problem or something more general?

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