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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Do I need help?

    For the past few months I have been feeling down. When I wake up, I roll over and go back to sleep just because I don't see any point in getting out of bed. I have been irritable, lazy and have only been eating once or twice a day. I realised only recently that I cry almost every day, either for no reason or over something small.

    At first I thought it was PMS, but now it is happening pretty much every day. All I can think about is how sad I am. It has taken a huge toll on my work ethic, some of my friendships and more importantly my relationship. I don't want to feel this way anymore, but I can't seem to snap myself out of it. A part of me thinks there is something really wrong, another part just thinks I am being a sook.
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  • My research interests include immunology and the mechanisms of amyloid formation. The latter has implications for people who are dealing with Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease … View Profile

    I think that Grant has offered you great advice.

    Writing as a male (so PMS is not one of my issues) I don't think that you are being a “sook”.

    Writing as somebody who, thanks to skilled help from health professionals and my hard work, is in remission from depression, what you have shared might indicate depression.

    The good news is that “depression” is a word - it is not a life sentence.

    As Grant has suggested, please make contact with health professionals.

    All the best.

  • Bruni (Brunhilde) Brewin

    Counsellor, Hypnotherapist

    Bruni Brewin is President Emeritus of The Australian Hypnotherapists’ Association (AHA), the oldest and largest National Registration Body for hypnotherapists in Australia founded in 1949, … View Profile

    Definitely start with the GP to get a check up.  That will eliminate the need or get help should there be any medical issues occuring under awareness to the conscious mind.

    The obvious question is; "Why don't you see any point in getting out of bed?"  And as has already been mentioned, you say that 'for the past few months'... So, what are you aware of that has happened that may be the cause of feeling this way?  

    If you don't know, hypnotherapy can regress you to the very first time that you felt that feeling, so you can check that out.  If you do know, then that needs dealing with - remove the 'symptom' by removing the 'cause'.

    Make sure you get a hypnotherapist that is trained to be able to deal with that, as well as being able to deal with what may come up.  Ask the right questions, the first being what Association they belong to, then check that they do actually belong to that association and also check up what training in hypnotherapy was required to become a member that makes them competent in the skills required in hypnotherapy.

    All people need to have a 'meaning' in life to motivate them.  It doesn't have to start with being a BIG thing.  Focus on what you feel that you might like to do, and join a group of people that like to do the same thing.  Getting some help is of the utmost importance, so you can get back on track to feeling well and happy.

  • Evelyn Vo


    I am a Nutritionist that operates in 2 locations: Melbourne CBD (Wednesdays and Fridays) and Heidelberg (on Saturday mornings). I do not believe in the … View Profile


    In addition to the above answers, what and how much you eat (coupled with your level of physical activity) also play a major role in your mental health. A large body of studies have demonstrated that food plays a very important contributing role in the development, management and prevention of several mental illnesses. 

    I recommend getting a referral from a GP to see a Psychologist. In addition, I also recommend seeing a Nutritionist to discuss your food intake as well and develop a treatment plan. For example, at the times that you are eating, ask yourself whether what you are eating is giving you enough energy and nutrients to be active in your day? Are you investing in your long-term health or surviving with whatever foods are around? Small changes can be powerful in the long run.

    And remember to be kind to yourself.

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