Why blackouts are no laughing matter

Hollywood may have built a money-making comedy franchise out of The Hangover – but the films’ key plot device is no laughing matter.

“Blacking out” after drinking alcohol is not the same as “passing out” because, although the brain isn’t recording what you’re doing, it’s still alert enough to keep letting you do it.

And, yes, […]

Can I be Anxious and Depressed at the same time?

Anxious and depressed? They are treated as two separate disorders but for many people they co-exist as two interweaving plots in the same story.

Looked at distinctly, they seem very different – depression is a highly individual response in which someone shuts down whereas anxiety is typified by panic and high-speed, repetitive emotional, physical and […]

School Avoidance: How to deal with Anxious Children

Tears and tantrums when you’re trying to pack your kids off to school in the morning can be a common issue facing most parents at some stage of raising children.

It can be a frustrating time for a parent – after all, the trouble is usually sandwiched into that narrow stretch of time between getting […]

13 ways to socialise without alcohol

Alcohol can quickly become a feature of all social situations – and our culture in New Zealand makes it tough to opt out when everyone else is sharing a bottle of pinot or enjoying an after-work beer.

But whether you’ve decided to break the habit of drinking every day or want to call time on […]

Sharing a drink: How alcohol can affect your relationship

The unavoidable truth of alcohol and relationships is that the two often walk hand-in-hand. Therapists find relationship problems are common along those who seek treatment for alcohol addiction and alcohol problems are common among couple who seek relationship therapy.

Clearly the negative effects of alcohol take a toll on not just the drinker, but also […]

How to talk to your moody teenager

Every parent has been a teenager – but it’s amazing how quickly we all forget those turbulent times when the shoe’s on the other foot.

So before you resort to yet another yelling match with the grumpy pile of hormones who’s locked themselves in their room for the umpteenth time this weekend, here’s a quick […]

Anxiety and avoidance – the mind’s chicken-and-egg syndrome

How familiar does this feel – you’re worried about having to front your workmates with a presentation, so you put its planning on the back-burner?

Trouble is, the more you procrastinate and try to ignore the impending meeting, the more anxious you become. You start waking in the middle of the night and you feel […]

What is AA?

Founded by Bill Wilson and Dr Bob Smith in Ohio, in the US, in 1935,Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is an international organisation dedicated to helping alcoholics stay sober. It is based on the principle of fellowship, where an experienced sober alcoholic help other newer members not to relapse, and provides a support network. Although it […]

7 Ways Family Therapy Can Help in a Divorce

Because the end of a marriage often consumes a couple’s attention, it can also be an incredibly stressful time for the whole family.

Statistics show that around 40{7e66f01e68c52d858b59d425bd8f3886b02d30322136bee7d8e459b39be00af4} of the 8234 couples who got divorced in New Zealand last year had at least one child and more than 6000 children in total found themselves in […]

What is an “alcoholic”?

Everybody who isn’t an alcoholic has their own definition of what alcoholism is. Most of them would agree that it is about drinking “too much”. But how much is “too much”? And is it really what characterises alcoholism?

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), although they are careful to say that they have no formal definition of alcoholism, […]