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Afraid to Say It!
42 minutes | Nov 17, 2017
Damon and Angelina talk about body image in general, their personal experience with their body image, the societal pressures we all feel, and the differences between a negative body image, eating disorders and body dysmophic disorder. They conclude with various strategies that could help individuals with body image concerns.
50 minutes | Jun 27, 2017
Damon and Angelina discuss the negative impacts of alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence. They talk about their personal experiences with past alcohol abuse and the risks and consequences this had. They then talk about different ways to successfully cut down or treat alcohol difficulties. Damon is also participating in Dry July for the month of July, 2017. He will be abstaining from alcohol for the month to help raise awareness of alcohol problems and raise money for cancer research and support. Please check out his Dry July Page if you would like to support the cause by donating to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre.
36 minutes | Jun 18, 2017
In this special episode, Damon interviews Jasmine Labrie, a French Canadian who has been living with cancer since 2011. They discuss: how it is living in a foreign country, what it is like to be diagnosed with cancer, how treatment is, head shaving, if it is hard to live with uncertainty, what support is helpful and less helpful from others, what professional support is available and if it helps, the advice she would give to people who are struggling with a recent cancer diagnosis. Damon will be participating in Dry July in 2017, which means that he will abstain from alcohol for the month of July to raise money for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre in Heidelberg, Australia. If you would like to donate, please go to his fundraising page. Even a small amount can help!
40 minutes | Jun 15, 2017
Damon and Angelina wonder why it is that we keep silent about the abuse that happens in our lives, families, institutions and society. Does it protect the victim, the perpetrator or other people who try to turn a blind eye to just how prevalent sexual and physical abuse is? If it is protecting the perpetrators more than the victims, then we need to start speaking up about this difficult topic more so that: perpetrators can face the consequences of their actions, perpetrators are deterred from committing additional abuse, victims can realise that they are not alone, victims can get a sense of justice and/or compensation for the harm that has been caused, victims can get more support and a chance to recover from the abuse, and the overall rate of abuse can decline. For more information, please check out Damon's blog post on violence at damonashworthpsychology.com
32 minutes | May 25, 2017
Brain Injury: The Patient's Perspective
In what is a truly inspirational story, Damon interviews Scott Harris, who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury in a 2008 motorcycle accident. They discuss: the accident, what it was like waking up out of a coma, what post-traumatic amnesia was like, how strenuous the recovery was, his main ongoing symptoms, his biggest ongoing challenges, his level of insight into his difficulties, how his personality has changed since the accident, what other people don't understand about brain injuries, how important support from family and friends is, the professional support he has appreciated, advice for individuals with new brain injuries (and for people who want to best support them), and how he challenged himself by travelling solo around the world for 18 months, including snowboarding in Canada. Scott is a motivational speaker who offers talks and workshops on brain injuries, risk taking, capabilities and the whole journey after adversity. For more information, please check out his website scottbharris.com.au.
33 minutes | May 23, 2017
Brain injury: The Expert's Perspective
Damon interviews expert Neuropsychologist Dr Harvey Jones, who specialises in assessing and treating acquired brain injuries (ABIs) and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) at two campuses across the Epworth Hospital. They discuss: * The differences between an ABI and a TBI * The prevalence of these conditions * How much of an awareness individuals with a brain injury have * The main symptoms present after a brain injury * How patients can manage these injuries * How people can best support individuals who have suffered from a brain injury and * How psychologists and neuropsychologists can assist individuals (and carers of people) who have suffered from brain injuries. For more information on the Epworth Concussion Clinic and the services they offer, please click this link.
56 minutes | May 17, 2017
Welcome to our Eating Disorders episode with June Alexander. Author of nine books on eating disorders including the insightful memoir 'A Girl Called Tim' and 'The Diary Healer: Using Writing as a Therapy for Eating Disorders' which shows how journaling can be used as a powerful tool in recovery. You can learn more about June and contact her through her website The Diary Healer - June Alexander Pieces on The Story of My History with Disordered Eating can be found on my blog Writing Through Trauma Here you will also find several articles on the topic such as Eating Disorders are Stories of Great Pain, Self-Hate and Denial but they do not have to Remain This Way Please feel free to contact either June or myself on anything you'd like us to focus on with regards to our experiences with eating disorders, writing and using narrative as a therapeutic tool or research in this area. June Alexander email@example.com Angelina Mirabito firstname.lastname@example.org
39 minutes | May 8, 2017
To have children or not
Angelina and Damon talk about the big decision on when to have children and whether or not we should even have them. They discuss family and societal expectations and pressures to have children. They also talk about the questions that are important for individuals to ask and ponder before making the right decision for them. Having children is a choice for many people these days, and it can have a significant impact on both their and their future children's psychological and physical well-being.
40 minutes | Apr 20, 2017
Angelina and Damon discuss their week of silence - Damon because he was away at a silent meditation retreat, and Angelina because she spent the week writing and working on her new novel. Both found the experiencing challenging but useful. They then talk about the role that silence plays in our lives, and when it is helpful and unhelpful.
28 minutes | Apr 4, 2017
Suicide part II: Acceptance, Self-Compassion and Gratitude
Angelina and Damon continue their discussion on suicide, and talk about how we need to let go of responsibility for things that are out of our control, including what other people do and what has happened in the past. They discuss how we need to focus instead on making changes in the present that give us a greater sense of control and autonomy. They say that whilst we may not have control over our initial thoughts or feelings, we do have a choice to first accept these feelings, and then change how we think about a situation or what we are doing in it. By learning how to say no, how to be assertive, and how to be kind and compassionate towards themselves, Angelina and Damon found that their frequency and intensity of suicidal ideation lessened in time. Maybe this can provide hope to others who are suffering too.
32 minutes | Apr 2, 2017
Angelina and Damon discuss suicide, the prevalence of it, and why it is thought to be increasing. They talk about the difference between suicidal ideation, planning and intent and how to best respond to each of these symptoms when they are present. They also go into their own experiences with suffering from suicidal ideation and how they have managed with these symptoms and found meaning in their lives.
53 minutes | Mar 20, 2017
Trauma part 2
Part two of our trauma podcast goes into three additional features of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): 1. Changes in cognitions, feelings and behaviours, including emotional numbing and dissociative experiences. 2. Hyper-arousal, including increased irritability, anger, jumpiness, difficulties concentrating and difficulties sleeping. 3. Post-traumatic growth, and how we can heal and recover beyond the initial traumatic event to create a fulfilling and enriching life.
50 minutes | Mar 5, 2017
Trauma part 1
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has four main symptom clusters. Part one of our trauma podcast goes through the first two symptom clusters (re-experiencing symptoms and avoidance), our experiences with these symptoms, and the most effective ways to successfully manage them when they occur.
9 minutes | Feb 11, 2017
Afraid to say it introduction
Welcome to our new podcast series Afraid to Say It! In this introduction we describe who we are, what we do, and what our hopes are for the podcast series. To find out more about us, please check out our websites: www.writingthroughtrauma.org www.yourstorydoctor.com.au www.damonashworthpsychology.com www.sleepdetective.com.au
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