Medicalisation Strikes Again

Medicalisation Strikes Again

It was reported earlier this year in the Weekend Australian that over 100,000 Australian children were prescribed antidepressants in 2017/18 – a doubling over the last six years. This should sound alarm bells even though the health department attributed some of...
Being Human Is Not A Medical Condition

Being Human Is Not A Medical Condition

If you hit your thumb with a hammer it hurts and you may scream out. Sounds obvious enough. The reaction, to cry out or curse, is a normal response to what has happened. Nobody would think that this was due to some form of illness. Someone who gets excited by winning...
Tending The Relationship Garden

Tending The Relationship Garden

An unrecognised area of our lives, which has a significant impact on our health, is relationships and this includes our relationship with animals. Some innovative children’s hospitals in the USA are allowing visits by pets. The program known as healing paws almost...
Relationships Matter

Relationships Matter

It may be a cliché but time appears to be speeding up. Christmas is around the corner. Yet last Christmas does not seem that long ago. When I was in school the holidays were always “ages away” and term time dragged. Teenagers today reflect on how quickly the terms...
Reaching For The Off Button

Reaching For The Off Button

It has struck me at times that a person born in 1700 could have lived a lifetime without seeing any real change in their daily life. The same could be said for someone born even up to say 1850. Most people would never have even left the town they were born in. You...
De-Clutter Your Life

De-Clutter Your Life

They say that time goes faster as you get older. That may be telling me something as we close in on Christmas and the end of the year. I remember being at school and the holidays always seemed an eternity away. Yet today even school children talk about the term going...