Evan on June 29th, 2007

For those who want to know more about me and my approach to health. My life has been an unusual one in some ways. I’ve rarely had a ‘normal’ job. My life up to my twenties was unusual for an Australian. I grew up in a fairly devout religious family (protestant Christian). Our church hosted […]

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Evan on June 27th, 2007

A good friend of mine has a diagnosis of depression. I have no quarrel with this diagnosis or its validity. This diagnosis has meant that over the years my friend has been to many kinds of psychotherapy from somewhat radical community based groups to your standard shrink (psychiatrist). This post has been prompted by their […]

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Evan on June 25th, 2007

IMHO means “in my humble opinion” – it is an abbreviation used in emails. This is a series where I unashamedly express my opinions in a forthright manner. If you are easily offended it may be best not to read these posts. In my humble opinion gestalt psychotherapy is the best. First, a major disclaimer. […]

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Evan on June 22nd, 2007

Prevention is better than cure. This is common sense. It is also cheaper, and this makes it important because our medical systems are becoming unaffordable. Especially as our populations age we will have more chronic health problems to deal with – and this can be expensive. A new think tank in Australia has taken on […]

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Evan on June 20th, 2007

In a US study it was reported that acupuncture worked better than placebo for osteoarthritis. The group that received acupuncture had 40% less pain and more function than those who received sham acupuncture. This is quite an impressive result. I found out about this study from a blog edshealthtips.com. It is one of my favourite […]

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Evan on June 18th, 2007

What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy? Roughly speaking the idea is that our thoughts affect our feelings and actions. So if we change our thinking we can change our feelings and behaviour. What Cognitive Behaviour Therapy seems (in my experience) to be most use with is those things where we realise our thoughts aren’t sensible – […]

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Evan on June 13th, 2007

1. Sometimes our life circumstances mean we can’t get what we want.In this situation it is no use kidding ourselves. We need to feel our feelings and do what we can. 2. When we feel stuck it is usually because we have two competing desires. We need to listen to both desires (it is usually […]

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Evan on June 11th, 2007

This way of stuffing up our relationships is a bit trickier than the others. It is doing to ourselves what we want to do to others. At the extreme end of the scale this is often part of self-harming. For most of us for most of the time retroflection is nothing like this serious. It […]

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