Dysfunctionality of Guilt

The Dysfunctionality of Guilt

The Dysfunctionality of Guilt   Have you ever called someone by the wrong name? Broken something that wasn’t yours? Spilt a drink on someone, irreparably staining their favourite shirt? If so, you’ve likely experienced guilt. Guilt describes the sense of regret, responsibility, and self-consciousness we experience after we have done something we consider wrong. Typically,…

Migration Trauma

Migration Trauma

Migration Trauma   As of 2020, there are an estimated 281 million migrants worldwide – with 7.6 million of those currently residing in Australia. Migration refers to the movement of individuals from one world region to another, with intent of settling temporarily or permanently. While some people may choose to migrate as a means of…

how to cope with anxiety

How You can Cope with Anxiety

There is a good chance you’ve experienced occasional physical and emotional distress signs related to anxiety, such as anxious breathing, your heart pounding in your chest, difficulty sleeping, feeling of dread, or endless circles of worry. That’s okay. In fact, it’s perfectly normal to experience these symptoms. This article explores what anxiety is, from the…

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The predicament of panic attacks

The experience of panic and anxiety can affect anyone at any stage of their life. An estimated 5% of Australians will experience a panic attack at least once in their lifetime. However, despite their common occurrence, they are frequently misunderstood. This article will explore what a panic attack actually is and how to deal with…

Social Phobia

  What is it? Social anxiety is something most of us will experience from time to time, be it at a party where we don’t know many people or when having to give a presentation to a room full of people. But for people with social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia, it can…

Agoraphobia

What is it? Agoraphobia is translated from Greek literally as “fear of the marketplace”. It is a type of anxiety disorder, described as the fear of being stuck in places or situations that would be embarrassing, or difficult to escape from or the fear of being in a place or situation where it would be…

Hypochondriasis

Hypochondriasis, also known as Illness Anxiety Disorder, is a type of anxiety disorder where the patient shows excessive worrying with regards to being sick, without physical symptoms. The patient may believe that they have a severe underlying illness even if they experience normal to mild bodily sensations.   Symptoms:  Always worrying about having a disease or…

5 Tips to Manage Worrying Thoughts

“Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles. It takes away today’s peace” – Randy Armstrong  “You can destroy your now by worrying about tomorrow” – Janis Joplin. Worrying thoughts can be helpful – it encourages us to take action. Worrying about an assessment may motivate a student to study to ensure a more positive result.…

Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

COPE Centre can help you with Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder What is Obsessive-Compulsive Personality disorder? It is one of the most common personality disorders in the community. It is characterised by a constant preoccupation with details, scheduling, organization and/or rules. A focus on perfectionist goals and ‘productivity’ highly influences the enjoyment of everyday life and one’s…