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JULY 2005

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Welcome to depressioNet!
A very warm depressioNet Welcome! Particularly to all who are new to depressioNet and our newsletter since May. We hope you find the dNetter newsletter interesting and/or helpful to you. It is worth reading through to the end as we have an interesting article on hypnotherapy and how it can help you and your depression, as well as Daniela’s experience and understanding of her depression.

Fundraising to begin the depressioNet Centres Model
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The new dNet Centres Model sees the implementation of an exciting 3 year strategy which will see depressioNet grow to reach more than 5 times the number of people who currently benefit from the information help and support at depressioNet (that’s over 400,000 people annually) – AND increase the benefits they receive. To help us finance the resources required in this setup stage we require $50,000 of additional financial support. Donations are tax deductible and anonymity is assured if this is your preference. This is such an exciting project and we hope you will be able to help and partner with us.
To make a donation and help us reach this target go to http://www.depressioNet.com.au/donate.html or email Kristen at kristen@depressioNet.com.au and she will be able to help with payment options. The next newsletter will provide you with a full outline of the new strategy going forward and how it will benefit us all.

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    Research Projects - Helping Them To Help Us!
    Here at depressioNet we encourage everyone to participate in research that allows us to continually learn and better understand depression. Information on the full list of research projects is available on our website at: http://www.depressionet.com.au/research_project.html

    Writing 4 Mental Health. The Exploration Of Self Through Writing
    This survey is open to people over the age of 18 years old suffering from a mental health problem or seeking help for psychological difficulties who would like to participate in a writing study that encourages the exploration of self. This project is being conducted to fulfil the requirements of a Psychology (Hons) degree at the University of New England. The purpose of the study is to examine the effects of writing for those who have experienced mental health problems. Writing has been shown to improve mood and health but not much is known about why writing works. This research is intended to help us better understand who is most likely to benefit from writing. Further information can be obtained at http://www.depressionet.com.au/research/rsch38_intro.html

    Lay Beliefs About Mental Health
    You are invited to participate in an online survey from psychology researchers at Macquarie University. Ann Boonzaier and Dr Andrew Baillie are interested in what people believe about the causes of mental health problems. The survey is for people aged 18-65 years and involves doing some short questionnaires on the causes and treatment of mental illness, which take about 30 minutes. All those who participate are eligible to enter a $50 prize draw. Find out more at http://www.depressionet.com.au/research/rsch37_intro.html

    Women's Mental Health Studies At The Alfred
    The Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (APRC), located at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, conducts clinical research with people who suffer severe mental illnesses including Schizophrenia, Depression and Bipolar Affective Disorder. The Alfred are conducting three research studies that focus on women and mental health.

    Suffering from Bipolar Affective or Schizoaffective Disorder?
    We are looking for women to participate in a research study examining the use of hormonal treatments for Bipolar and Schizoaffective Disorders. Preliminary studies suggest that certain hormonal medications may be useful in treating symptoms of mania. If you are experiencing symptoms of mania such as increased energy, decreased sleep, increased irritability, and/or increased amount and rate of speech, you may be suitable for our study. Additional information is available at http://www.depressionet.com.au/research/rsch35_intro.html

    Postmenopausal and Suffering with Schizophrenia?
    Symptoms of psychosis can be distressing and disabling. Previous experience has shown that the female hormone estrogen appears to have a positive effect on symptoms and memory processes in some women with schizophrenia. The APRC is seeking female volunteers with current symptoms of psychosis to take part in a 12 week supplementary trial exploring the role of a new form of estrogen (SERMs) in the treatment of schizophrenia. So if you are a female aged 45 years or older, who no longer has a menstrual cycle and has a diagnosis of Schizophrenia, Schizophreniform or Schizoaffective Disorder why not find out more at http://www.depressionet.com.au/research/rsch35_intro.html

    Using Estrogen to Treat Psychotic Symptoms
    This study is looking at the effect of estrogen on symptoms of mood and psychosis in premenopausal women who are suffering from either schizophrenia, schizophreniform or schizoaffective disorder. The current estrogen study runs for 4 weeks. More information is available at http://www.depressionet.com.au/research/rsch35_intro.html

    Help When You Need It – a National initiative by the Lions Rotary Foundation
    This is a CD based resource that the Lions Rotary Foundation are supporting to help to get a kit into each school in Australia. There is a brochure available for more information and if anyone would like to approach their local Rotary or Lion’s clubs to encourage them to help get a ‘Help When You Need It’ kit into your local school, the depressioNet Team are happy to provide a letter of support as well.

    What's On
    VICTORIA – OCD and Anxiety Disorders Week August 1st – 6th, 2005
    Anxiety Disorders & Depression: New ideas in treatment and self-help Monday 1st August, 7.30pm – 10.00pm Theatrette, Glen Eira Centre, Corner Hawthorn & Glen Eira Roads, Caulfield
    Cost: $15 Members, $20 Non-members, $10 Concession Topics include:

  • Behavioural experiments and manipulations: Is this gobbledegook or is it useful?
  • Psychological treatments: New developments for anxiety disorders and depression.
  • Anxiety & Depression: Their relationship plus self-help strategies
  • What to expect when you see a psychologist.
    Caring for someone with OCD: Workshop Wednesday 3rd August, 7.30 pm – 9.30pm
    The Morrow Room, Northbrook House, 1257 High Street (Behind Malvern Library), Malvern
    Speakers include: Iris I’Anson, Psychologist, Private Practice. Barbara Jones, Psychologist, Private Practice
    Medications for anxiety disorders and depression: Questions & Answers Thursday 4th August, 7.30 pm – 9.30pm The Peppercorn Club (Adjacent to Hawthorn Library), 584 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
    Speakers: Dr Blair-West, Psychiatrist. Christine Culhane, Pharmacist, Mental Health Research Institute
    Managing Stress & Anxiety: Workshop Saturday 6th August, 10.00 am – 12.30pm
    Meeting Room (Behind Hawthorn Library), 584 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn. Speakers: Prue Lewis, Psychologist, Jo-Anne Abbott, Probationary Psychologist
    For bookings, registration fees and further information: Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria, OCD & Anxiety Helpline ph: 9886 9377, or email arcmail@arcvic.com.au.


    Flinders University Annual 4 Day Anxiety Disorders Workshop from 19 - 22 September 2005
    For those of you who may have already attended this course, there is now a follow-up course called CBT for Anxiety & Related Disorders Workshop From 25 - 28 July 2005. If you are interested in attending these workshops or would like further information, please call 08 8204 3930 for a brochure.


    ‘Making Changes’ - with Dr. Timothy J Sharp & Associates
    For people living with depression, stress, anxiety, insomnia, relationship difficulties and more, the making changes program can really help you to move forward. It gives you tools to take control of your life and make the choices you want with practical steps to bring your choices into reality. Find out more at http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/making_changes.html


    Survivors, Women's Domestic Violence Support Group
    Survivors is a service offering women in abusive or violent relationships, or who have experienced violence to some degree, a safe and confidential place to talk to other about their situation. Teaching women about their rights to be respected and make choices, survivors run 8 week programs throughout the year. Each session last for around 2 hours. Learn more at: http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/survivor.html

    Hypnotherapy: Discovering What Lies Within
    There are no easy remedies to these feelings held inside, that account for our loss of enthusiasm, appetite and general well being. A single thought starts, it manifests, takes hold and moves us into a space that is at best stagnant and at its worst self defeating and hopeless. There are good days and bad days. The good days become jewels in a coalface where we can still remember the joy of things around us and take pleasure in a tree or a bird that sings. A day later, the same tree looks drab and lifeless and the bird becomes an interruption to our thought processes that spiral downwards into oblivion.

    There are many solutions put forward, as many as there are practitioners and industries who work in different ways to stem the tide of this growing problem. Some say medication, some sunlight, counselling, relaxation, herbal remedies or just good solid family support. Interaction with another person involves an exchange of energy between people, whether it be from online contact, telephone support or a chat with someone you can trust. Any energy exchange between people will benefit either or both of them. It is important to remember you are not alone.

    Sometimes we contain an emotional block from another time and place that holds us back from being the best we can be. The frustration builds over years, till we get to a threshold where it starts to spill over into all aspects of our lives, and we are perhaps told … “You have depression”. Where does it come from and what is its source? Perhaps it is a chemical imbalance, a broken relationship, a tragic loss, or something we can’t identify… if it is the latter, the source may be lodged in the subconscious mind.

    As a Clinical Hypnotherapist, I have had clients who have unearthed the source of their depression and by understanding it then releasing it, commenced a new path in healing. To release a deep memory that affects how we think, feel and behave today, can be a powerful experience, or merely the pressing of a trigger that signals a shift onto the new healing path that builds momentum over the short to medium term. We call this regression therapy, and it is a component of Hypnoanalysis. It is the art of remembering, analysing and releasing that block, facilitated by a trained and experienced Hypnotherapist.

    Not all Hypnotherapists work with depression. The Hynotherapy field is wide and practitioners have expertise in different areas. If you want to find a Hypnotherapist, you should carefully check their credentials. You can find someone of quality with a few basic steps. Firstly ask them if they are a member of one of the Hypnotherapy Associations. If they are, then it means they are likely to be focussed towards keeping up to date with the changing face of the industry and allocate personal time to their own professional development. They will have been required to present their qualifications when they joined the Association and will operate under a code of ethics. Secondly ask them what experience they have had with depression and ask them to talk generally about some of their successes. This is an important conversation as it builds trust between you. It may take conversations with a few Therapists before you find the rapport you are looking for and feel connected with that particular person.

    A few case studies…

    A Mother of two had first suffered post-natal depression a decade ago after the birth of her second son. Since then she had been on and off antidepressants. In her 40s she had become worried about long term side effects and turned to Hypnotherapy. She regressed to a time when she was home by herself and both baby and toddler sons were crying uncontrollably. She had a bottle of sleeping pills on the table and was about to take her own life when she stopped. She had harboured deep guilt ever since that she had come so close to suicide and while she remembered that time, had not connected to it as the source of her current issues. She needed just two sessions to commence her healing.

    A man in his 50s had just ended his third marriage with recurring themes around relationships. He chose to try Hypnotherapy in preference to medication for his depression. A number of instances around insecurity and childhood issues were remembered and released, some going back 40 years. He continues to heal and grow and is now in new territory as he takes his life into its next chapter, including training in alternative health to assist others.

    A young man was feeling depressed and listless after losing his job in Technology 12 months ago. He had been doing a less demanding manual labour job due to his lack of confidence. He was referred to me by a Psychotherapist, who believed there was something trapped in his subconscious mind holding him back. The release of three childhood incidences that affected his confidence and self esteem, moved him forward. He is now scouring the newspapers and internet, full of confidence for his next career move.

    (Peter Smith is a practicing Clinical Hypnotherapist based in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. He is President of the Australian Clinical Hypnotherapist’s Association and lectures at the Academy of Clinical Hypnotherapy Australia. Peter is available by email (peter.smith@westnet.com.au) to answer questions about Hypnotherapy and how it may be able to help)

    Our Stories
    So many of us find it very difficult to explain what it is like to experience depression and how it is different from the healthy response to a life event of ‘feeling depressed’, particularly to someone who has never had depression. For family and friends trying to help and support someone they love through a period of major depression, often it can be hard to truly understand what depression is and feels like when we haven’t experienced it ourselves.

    The following piece we received from Daniela describes what depression is to her and to so many others, and importantly the little things that help us realise what it takes, and when we are starting, to get better. Our thanks to Daniela for allowing us to share this here in the hope that it may help others.

    Warmth & Peace to all
    & the Team at depressioNet

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    Leanne and the Team at depressioNet

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