Clue up on SAD : It affects more of us than you think.

As I woke up this morning, I realized that something was different. I ‘m not talking here about the aging process here but the sudden change in the weather. Summer had seemed to turn into fall overnight. Drizzly rain, dark clouds and that nip in the air. Realistically there is a good chance that the…

Background: New Suicidal Behavior Research

Following my last blog post, quite a lot of interest was generated concerning the new word association test for the prediction of suicidal tendencies. It is being considered amongst the scientific community as an exciting breakthrough and one that could potentially save thousands of lives. Following some research of my own, I found some more…

New Research on Suicidal Behavior : Associations between life and death

A few days ago, I was passed a rather controversial article written by an American psychologist in the wake of the Tony Scott suicide stating that “he hates suicide but understands it in the case of terminal illnesses” and “even highly trained psychologists have trouble defining a suicidal patient”. As a psychologist, I know this…

Being Proactive…Lessons from a true master.

My blog posts have recently been dominated by less than positive subjects. The feedback I have had on some of the suicide posts has been incredible and my email box has been a bit fuller than normal.( Some of the feedback has been critical and I have taken this on board, especially concerning some of…

If You See the Warning Signs of Suicide…

Every 40 seconds somewhere around the world someone dies by suicide, that’s 99 people every 66 minutes. Alcohol makes people more prone to committing suicide by violent methods like hanging, using a firearm or by falling to death, says a new study. Nearly, one-fourth of all suicide cases studied reported that the victim had blood…

Suicide : A Personal Story

“Did you really want to die?” “No one commits suicide because they want to die.” “Then why do they do it?” “Because they want to stop the pain.”  ……………Tiffanie DeBartolo…How to kill a Rock Star     As a psychologist, I have been involved with patients who have, at some time in their lives, thought…

Depression was all I knew..so it was natural to talk about it.

In four days time, you will be able to hear an interview I did with Carlette Ritter on BlogTalk Radio (see page above for details). When we were discussing potential subjects, there was only one that came to mind, the impact of depression on sufferers and loved ones alike. It was only natural that this would be…

On the subject of Suicide…..

The subject of suicide is always heavily covered in the news , (It is a little known fact that more suicides occur in summer than in winter ). Despite that,  most studies suggest that suicide rates are rising.  Statistics from the WHO say that over one million people commit suicide every year and this figure is increasing every year. That is one…

Working online means new challenges for therapist and client alike.

Online therapy is relatively new and not yet fully accepted by everyone. When you browse articles on this topic, you generally find that the main issues center around privacy concerns, proposed regulation and the usual chatter from psychotherapists stuck in the Freudian era. However, there are some studies, the most recent in Australia, stating that…