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Publication. ‘Walking the Black Dog’

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Based on the author’s own experience of overcoming depression and along with her powerful illustrations, Walking the Black Dog has wide appeal, not only for children who may themselves have depression. It can also help children understand what is happening to their friends or family.

“The illustrations in this layout make it particularly suitable to younger readers and there is a paucity of literature for them in particular. Thus, it will have a broad appeal and be useful to people suffering from depression and their family members. More broadly, it will help people in the general population understand more about depression and the difficulties associated with it.”

Professor David Castle, St Vincent’s Mental Health, The University of Melbourne.

Perth Clinic relaxation CDs

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Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010

Relaxation is a way of producing a quiet body and mind. This physical and mental unwinding is termed the ‘relaxation response’ and it counteracts the stress response. You can learn to lower your general level of tension by regular relaxation practice and so protect yourself against overstress. By doing this more stressors can be tolerated without causing problems.

Perth Clinic has developed three relaxation CDs which can be purchased separately or as a set. Please review the product section of this website for more information or to order your copy.

CD 2

  • Introduction to Relaxation
  • Progressive Muscular Relaxation and Pleasant Scenery Imagery
  • Breathing Techniques
  • Introduction to Meditation
  • Meditation

Healthy Food Healthy Mind

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“Healthy Food Healthy Mind”, the first edition of a cookbook presenting hospital food in a way that is unexpected, using fresh seasonal products and restaurant style cooking. Experience for yourself Perth Clinic’s tasty treats that are simple to prepare and full of tempting flavours.

“Healthy Food Healthy Mind” contains many of the most popular and frequently requested recipes at Perth Clinic and also some of Mark’s favourites. There are everyday type meals, including vegetarian and special dietary requirements through to the more decadent meals for a special occasion dinner party.

All proceeds from the sale of a Healthy Mind Healthy Body will support the Private Mental Heath Consumer Carer Network and will be used to further the work they do in private mental health.

For more information, see the Books in our Products section.

An End to Panic

an end to panic

breakthrough techniques for overcoming panic disorder.
second edition.
elke zuercher-white, ph.d.

A full-blown panic attack can be terrifying – whether it lasts only a few minutes or returns in waves over an hour or longer. Suddenly, unexpectedly, you’re fighting for breath. Your heart pounds or races, you feel dizzy or faint, or you experience flashes of hot and cold. You feel a sense of unreality, of slipping out of control…

The good news is that you can learn to cope with and overcome panic attacks. An End to Panic brings together in-depth coverage of the state-of-the-art treatment strategies, using a supportive, interactive format that lets you move forward with confidence, one step at a time.

You’ll learn how the physiology of your panic works, and then master the skill of breathing retraining – a technique for severing the connection between panic and hyperventilation. You’ll go on to target catastrophic thinking, learn how to take charge of your fear-fuelling thoughts, and follow step-by-step instructions for learning “Interoceptive Desensitisation,” a new and proven technique that allows you to feel the symptoms of panic and overcome the fear associated with them.

With the physical symptoms of panic under control, you’ll go on to learn skills for challenging and mastering fearful situations and coping with stress and conflict in your life. Final sections offer concrete strategies for avoiding relapse and beginning to really enjoy life.

Relax & Stress Reduction

relax & stress reduction

messages – the communication workbook
matthew mckay, ph.d., martha davis, ph.d., patrick fanning.

Improve your relationships and personal effectiveness by mastering: body language, sexual communication, making contact, assertiveness, negotiation, public speaking, self-disclosure, active listening, influencing others.

Communication is a basic life skill, as important as the skills by which you make your way through school or earn a living. Your ability to communicate largely determines your personal happiness.

Effective communication makes life work. But where can you learn it? Often there’s no one to show you how to communicate your wants, your anger, or your secret fears. No one shows you how to fight fair instead of blaming others, how to listen actively, or how to “check out” someone’s meaning instead of mind reading.

This book gathers the most essential communication skills into one volume. They are presented in condensed form, but with sufficient examples and exercises so that you can begin practicing the skills you want to acquire. The book tells you what to do about communicating rather than what to think about it. Pure theory is omitted unless it contributes directly to your understanding of a particular communication skill.