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Ever thought about suicide?

24 February, 2018

posted in help me, treatment, useful resources, wellbeing

Thinking about suicide is a common thing to do.  It can be very hard to talk about emotional feelings but it’s really important to talk about this with someone.  Whatever is going on for you that has led to how you’re feeling right now is unique to you – but having suicidal thoughts is not. You are not alone, lots of people have thought about killing themselves and have found a way through.

Here is a list of free talk lines in New Zealand read more »

Move over Barbie, here comes the Lammilly Doll

17 January, 2018

posted in research, wellbeing

We all know Barbie is a little out of proportion with her 175cm height, 91 cm bust, 45 cm waist, 83 cm hips and 22 cm neck!  If she were a real woman she would be anorexic, unable to lift her head or menstruate, have a smaller waist than her head, only have room for half an intestine and liver and have to crawl to support her massively disproportionate body.  An infographic shows the difference between Barbie and the Lammilly doll.  Now it’s time to welcome the Lammilly doll, a more realistic version of Barbie.  A doll which was rapidly crowd funded in the US to the tune of over half a million dollars, and is challenging the body image ideals perpetuated by the children’s toy industry.  It comes with acne, cellulite and stretch mark accessories.  Refreshingly real…..representing the average, healthy 19 year old girl, and not just white girls! 

At the University of Sussex, a study by Helga Dittmar, found that young girls showed decreased self-esteem after being exposed to images of Barbie dolls read more »

Binge Viewing and Sleep

26 September, 2017

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Being a Netflix subscriber, this study made for a fascinating insight into the lives of 18-25 year old binge viewers.  A study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine this year showed that the more nights a week you binge viewed (defined as watching multiple episodes of the same series in one viewing), the more nights a week you will have associated difficulty sleeping.  80% of this age group reported binge viewing.  read more »

INTERSEX – What We All Need to Know

26 May, 2017

posted in help me, relationships, useful resources, wellbeing

Intersex is a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that does not fit the typical definitions of female or male.  The older term for this is hermaphroditism.  It includes around 30 conditions, some of which may be identified at birth, some during puberty, some when people try to conceive, and some are never identified.

Gender, as a binary system (either male or female) is a cultural or social construct.  Some cultures have different interpretations on gender and don’t just see things as male or female.  For example, in Samoa, fa’afafine, in Thailand, kathoeys, and in Native American – the two spirit people.

In Western culture, in the recent past, parents of intersex new-borns were put in a very difficult situation and read more »

FAST FORWARD Blood test for Depression

26 January, 2017

posted in help me, research, treatment, useful resources, wellbeing

Eva Redei, a professor of Psychiatry at North Western University, Chicago, USA, believes it may be possible to diagnose depression with a simple, quick blood test at the doctor.  Just like checking our iron levels.

Using a blood test, Redei identified nine biomarkers that differed between depressed and non-depressed individuals and was able to identify 100% of those suffering from depression.  These biomarkers signify a difference in gene expression associated with depression. read more »