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So I found a couple of interesting links today regarding depression and anxiety.

E-couch "provides information about emotional problems - what causes them, how to prevent them and how to treat them. It includes exercises to help you understand yourself and others better. Even better, it provides you with a set of strategies that might help you to improve your life" and "is co-funded by Australia's beyondblue: the national depression initiative and the Centre for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University."

MoodGym, a sister site of e-couch, claims to "deliver cognitive behaviour therapy
for preventing depression."

Has anyone heard anything about them? I'm especially looking at you, aussies-on-my-flist. I've seen a couple online comments from people who say they definitely do get something out of it. Anyway, I signed up for e-couch so far. They ask you to take a couple of short quizzes to help determine your anxiety and depression levels. I thought it was interesting. Will update if I actually find them useful.

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On the anxiety scale you scored 8.
This score is in the HIGH to VERY HIGH range

Your score indicates that you experience high anxiety. e-couch may help you overcome some of your anxieties and insecurities.

You may also need professional help if you find these symptoms very distressing. There are a number of anxiety conditions that respond well to specialist treatment. These include panic disorder, social phobia, and post traumatic stress disorder.

In panic disorder a person experiences acute symptoms of anxiety (so severe that they may fear that they are having a heart attack). Social phobia or anxiety in social situations can also be very debilitating. For example, some people with this condition find that they can’t sign their name in public. Post traumatic stress disorder often produces very distressing symptoms, including flashbacks, where the person experiences very vivid images of previous trauma.

On the depression scale, you scored 7.
This score is in the MIDDLE to HIGH range

You have more depression symptoms than the average person your age. There are many reasons why you might have scored in this range. Perhaps you tend to become upset by events that others don't react to. Perhaps something unfortunate has occurred in the last few weeks and you haven't got over it, even though you normally cope very well.

In either case, e-couch may be of great interest to you, since it aims to improve the way you approach situations in life.
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From: [personal profile] tree


i remember hearing about moodgym a while ago. i'm not a fan of CBT because it doesn't do anything for me. and at present it's the current golden child of the psychology world, so trying to find a therapist who doesn't do it is more difficult than not. that said, it does work for many people. YMMV as they say.

as an aside, i find the name "beyond blue" so ridiculous as to be laughable.

From: [identity profile] lingeringviolet.livejournal.com


The therapist I was seeing did the CBT thing. I liked some of it but I don't know how far we got into it. I'm trying these out and so far I have to say they are boring and simplistic as hell. Maybe I'm just not in the mood though.

Also, that was my first lj cut! Huzzah and pudding for me.

Also also, I have not yet read your recent fic but rest assured I shall. Oh yes. *tosses marshmallows in your general direction*
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From: [personal profile] tree


*gives you virtual pudding*

fic-reading isn't required, you know. :P

mmm, marshmallows.

From: [identity profile] lingeringviolet.livejournal.com


I know that *you* don't require it but *I* do since everything you write makes me ache with beauty and envy at the same time.

Is there anything better than homemade banana pudding, seriously?

*random drive-by squishing*
(because I CAN!)
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From: [personal profile] tree


Is there anything better than homemade banana pudding, seriously?

*raises hand tentatively*

um... yes?
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From: [personal profile] tree


well, yes. all fruit. but i also do not like banana flavoured things anyway. ick. the only acceptable pudding flavour is chocolate. the end.

;)
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From: [identity profile] goodbye-sun.livejournal.com


I have seen them both advertised, but not gone to the sites before or heard any specific feedback on how well they work. The ANU has a great reputation in most fields, but as the funding for the program is part from the government it could be quite watered down and more for show.

Ah, beyond blue. Just one of those great names the Oz government slaps on things so that it looks like they care, but really its because they want to act like we have no problems at all.

From: [identity profile] lingeringviolet.livejournal.com


The e-couch site showed some stats that depression/mental illnesses are the most common diseases and cause for disability on Australia. (At least I'm pretty sure that's what it said, it was like 4am.) It did seem a bit watered down but perhaps that's necessary so as not to alienate those newer to the subject, shrug.

ps - Have you been able to get on GoS at all today? It's been down for me for hours.

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From: [identity profile] goodbye-sun.livejournal.com


The stats sound about right - the health care system here certainly does recognize the problem and does what it can to deal with it, it's just the last government we had was more about looking like they were doing things. They never really backed that up with enough funding or range of programs. But then I tend to be rather cynical about things the government is attached to having spent some time working for them. I would think e-couch would be doing as much as they can with whatever resources they were given. And like you say, its probably better to be there as a way to ease people into talking about and wanting do do something about their mental health.

And no luck for me either - I think wickednouk must be down. Nothing about it at PMBD so hopefully its just a temporary thing.

From: [identity profile] lingeringviolet.livejournal.com


Well don't feel too bad, at least your government is funding it at all. The only thing that gets funding here is military and defense. *eyeroll*

Also, you're right. I just tried WNF and it's also down. Damned GoS addiction *twitch twitch* Well, I suppose I should stop procrastinating and work through your composition and color tutorials. (I've been wanting to go ahead and join simgenix and simhaven but then I saw how awesome all of the shoots are. So now I must study a bit first so I don't stick out as the lone n00b. hehe I think simfic50 will still be awhile. I love the diea but I have so much anxiety about writing now. Is it possible to beat yourself up about it so much that you just kill any imagination you had? I'm starting to think yes.)
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From: [identity profile] goodbye-sun.livejournal.com


PMBD now has a little something that confirms its down, but nothing on the why as of yet. Please join, we all do it just for fun and there is no such thing as a noob because everyone brings something different. It took me ages to get the headspace to do anything for simfic50, so really take your time. And absolutely yes, creativity is reliant on exposing some little bit of yourself, both in the act of making something and with sharing it with the wider world. Any sort of discomfort with the process or with your self can definitly stifle your imagination. I certainly have moments when it happens to me, but then I remind myself that whatever I create is not definitive, it is not the only thing that represents who I am, its just one tiny little piece that marks one point in time. That generally gives me the freedom to just let go of the fear again.


From: [identity profile] celtile.livejournal.com


I'd be very wary of advice gained over the web.They don't know you, or your circunstances and 'personality' tests are a complete folly.

Read some David Pelzer and see how you feel after that. "Therapy" can really suck you in. You may even find yourself planning your week around it.

That's what I think. I hope you find it constructive.

From: [identity profile] lingeringviolet.livejournal.com


Is this one of those riddles that say "One of us always tells the truth and one of us always lies" ? hehe

From: [identity profile] celtile.livejournal.com


No. I don't do riddles. I think you may have misunderstood me. Soory if I wasn't being very clear. Shot from the lip.
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