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Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar Disorder, formerly known as manic depression, is an illness that affects brain function. It causes extreme moods. People with Bipolar Disorder can become high, over-excited and reckless, or imagine that they are more important than they are. They can…
Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety disorders are common, affecting about one in ten with persistent, excessive worrying that can hinder their ability to function. This Speaking From Experience program offers first-hand accounts from people living with Anxiety Disorders. They discuss the impact it has…
Living with Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) is a treatable condition marked by extreme changes in mood, thought, energy and behavior. It is called bipolar disorder because a person's mood can alternate between the "poles" of mania (high, elevated mood)…
Depression: Living with Depression
Clinical depression is an illness, a medical condition. It significantly affects the way someone feels, causing a persistent lowering of mood. Depression is often accompanied by a range of other physical and psychological symptoms that can interfere with the way…
Schizophrenia and other Psychotic Illnesses
Schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses interfere with the ability to think, act and feel. When acutely ill, a person may lose contact with reality. The symptoms are often very distressing for people affected and those who care for them. These…
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder. People with OCD are besieged by thoughts, images and/or impulses which are unwanted, intrusive and involuntary (obsessions), and feel compelled to perform repetitive behavioural and mental rituals (compulsions). This Speaking From Experience…
Families and Mental Illness
Around one in five Australians will experience a mental illness at some time, and for every one of those there will be a 'ripple effect' on family and friends. This Speaking From Experience program offers offer first-hand accounts from people…
Living with PTSD
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can affect many different people, from survivors of rape and survivors of natural disasters to military service men and women. Experiencing traumatic events can change the way our brains function. Especially with severe or repeated exposure,…
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Families and Eating Disorders
An eating disorder is a serious mental illness, where eating and body weight or shape become an unhealthy focus of someone's life. These disorders can destroy a person's quality of life and undermine family relationships. This Speaking from Experience program…
Living with Persistent Pain
For those with chronic pain, the impact can be immense. Science is discovering nerve changes from the tissues, through connections in the spinal cord and ultimately the brain. These changes, commonly referred to as peripheral and central sensitization, means that…
Grief, Trauma and Victims of Crime
Trauma Loss and Grief - Victims of Crime is a timely representation of the experiences of victims of crime, and its impact on their lives. Their stories will evoke emotions, raise awareness and consciousness for all who view it, and…
Grief and Older People
Whilst the process of aging may reflect a time of great achievement, satisfaction and excitement for many, it is not uncommon for some older people to feel isolated and concerned about some aspects of their lives - past, present and…
Living With Schizophrenia (Asia)
Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness characterized by incoherent or illogical thoughts, bizarre behaviour and speech, and delusions or hallucinations. Schizophrenia typically begins in young adulthood, and causes can be due to genetics, environment, and psychological and social processes. Delusions…
Living with Depression
Depression affects around 6% of us every year. Depression has a significant impact on the way someone feels, causing a persistent 'low' mood which can have a serious affect on their ability to carry on their everyday . Depression is…
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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is a long term disease of the lungs which causes shortness of breath and includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It is one of the leading causes of death and preventable hospitalisation in Australia and places…
Young People and Hearing Impairment
Over 14,000 Australian children and young adults under 21 years of age use a hearing aid or cochlear implant because they have a permanent or long term hearing loss. People who have a hearing loss may refer to themselves as…
Hoarding & Cluttering
Most of us like to keep possessions that bring us comfort or have value to us. But when daily activities and quality of are compromised by an accumulation of these things, then a person might have a challenge with hoarding…
Grief Trauma and Sexual Abuse: Two women
Grief, Trauma and Sexual Abuse: The stories of two women' is a strong reminder of the experiences of victims of sexual assault and the impact on their lives. These two stories will evoke strong emotions, raise awareness and increase the…
Diabetes - Type 2
Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood. Glucose, a form of sugar, is the main source of fuel for our bodies. In people with diabetes, blood glucose levels are higher than normal because the…
Parenting Babies
Bringing a little one into your home is a life-changing and sometimes overwhelming experience, which is not always easy to navigate. This "Speaking from Experience" program features interviews with parents of children of all ages describing their experiences parenting their…
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