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Psychologists tips for thriving in the digital age

Thriving in the digital age requires making the most of our ability to connect but avoiding overload, according to the Australian Psychological Society, which has released tips for evading the pitfalls of the online world for Psychology Week 2017.

“Social media has become a really important means of communicating and is basically integral to most of our lives in one form or other,” says APS psychologist [insert name]. “However, we have also seen it affect people’s behaviour in some less than positive ways.

“Disagreeing and name calling have become common online and that behaviour can easily become anti-social drifting into trolling, stalking or cyberbullying, while constant notifications can leave us anxious and distracted.”

APS psychologist Kelly Callaghan says a few simple strategies can help ensure you have a positive experience online and you aren’t being ruled by your technology.

8 tips for a healthy digital life

  1. Check less: Change your email and social media settings so you don’t get constant notifications, and limit when you check to certain times of the day.
  2. Take care when posting: Think about the impact of your online behaviour on your own or others’ health and do your bit to create a positive online social environment.
  3. Take an active role: Create an online world tailored to your interests and values. Seek out social connections that boost your wellbeing rather than undermine it, just as you would offline.
  4. Block the bullies: Be selective about who you involve in your social networks, and ensure your online social network enriches your life.
  5. Maintain perspective: When you’re genuine on social media you’re less stressed and feel better connected. So avoid competing within your network and be authentic instead.
  6. Set boundaries around work: Unless your work involves being on-call, consider turning off email notifications outside of work hours.
  7. Guard your sleep: Turning off all screens, including phones, computers and television, at least an hour before bed.
  8. Connect offline: those who mindfully engage with people and connect with their environment are healthier and enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing.

For more resources including articles go to www.compassforlife.org.au.  The APS invites Australians to participate in Psychology Week by hosting or attending events, sharing their own successful #waystothrive via social media, as well as downloading and sharing resources and content from this site.

Sleep and AHDH

Targeting sleep and anxiety problems in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may improve their symptoms and outcomes, a psychology expert told the APS Congress, held in Melbourne, 13-16 September 2016.

Dr Emma Sciberras, a clinical psychologist senior lecturer in psychology at Deakin University and honorary research fellow at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI), says psychological strategies to treat sleep and anxiety problems are being trialled to see if they improve ADHD symptoms, such as inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, while boosting children’s daily functioning and their overall quality of life.

ADHD is a common neurodevelopmental disorder, affecting about 300,000 young people in Australia. Research shows anxiety affects up to 64% of children with ADHD while sleep difficulties affect up to 70% of children with ADHD but the two common problems are often not identified.

“Behavioural interventions might be tried first if symptoms are mild and not causing too much of a problem. We do know that if symptoms are extreme that stimulant medication can be considered too, which can help to manage the main symptoms of ADHD,” she says.

Compulsive Buying

Do you frequently have an irresistible urge to buy more than you can afford to the point where shopping takes up so much time it interferes with daily living? Compulsive buying, like other addictions can occur to counteract feelings of low self-esteem, depression or unhappiness with life situations.

Cognitive Behaivour Therapy and building self-esteem can help to understand the drivers behind overshopping and help to develop more adaptive coping skills.

Neurofeedback Therapy

Neurofeedback therapy (also known as NFT or Neurotherapy) is training for the brain in much the same way as physical therapy trains the body. NFT trains healthy brain habits in order to improve a person's mental and physical health and well-being.

Who may benefit from NFT?

Neurotherapy helps to improve attention and concentration, memory, behaviour, mood, and sleep. Neurofeedback therapy has a 40-year success record of remediating symptoms associated with:

  • ADD/ ADHD, Conduct disorder, Aggression
  • Asperger's Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Addiction
  • Tic disorder

How is it performed?

A schedule of weekly or bi-weekly EEG computer training sessions are determined based on brain wave patterns and function issues. Most training regimes last from 20 to 40 sessions. For more information about whether Neurofeedback therapy is appropriate for you or a family member contact Tim Weir at Caloundra Psychological Services on 54925588.