Mental Health

A Note on Cultural Change

The stress of daily living in the modern era for children and adults can be overwhelming with life being more complex than in the immediate post second world war era. There is an emerging culture where people question traditional ways of seeking help, are aware of a myriad of mental health issues and are open to being assisted by a range of helpers. Below are some points that describe some of the characteristics that have emerged over the last several decades.

1. The advent of the world wide web leading to exponential growth of industry, technology and coordinated supply chains so that goods are produced quickly and information readily and easily obtainable. Social media fosters consumers having instant virtual connections with each other, a degree of competitiveness and an accompanying “fear of missing out”. This scenario can lead to participants developing associated mental health issues.

2. The decline of the extended family (in western civilisation) and its associated “caring “ function which has been supplemented by many alternative family configurations including: nuclear families, single parent families, same sex parenting families, communal living co-tenant families and families created by for example.  While these alternatives are welcome they can raise complex mental health issues for family members.

3. The recognition of women’s rights through the “me too” movement and its associated consciousness raising and the identification of sexual harassment – in its many forms as occuring in our community.

4. The recognition of the transgender phenonena and that sexualities can occur on a spectrum rather than a binary (MF) scale.  Transgender individuals often require support from understanding professionals.

5. The diagnosis and treatment of serious Mental illnesses such as Schizophrenia and Bi- Polar Disorder and the possibilities of these patients living a satisfying life, with support.

6. The diagnosis of Personality Disorders such as Borderline Personality Disorder and treatments such as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and psychotropic medications.

7. The recognition of the Autism Spectrum and the disorders within it that include ADHD, Asperger’s and Autism and the associated development of treatment models.

8. The recognition of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities including the acknowledgement of Australia’s first nations people, the rich tapestry of Australia’s immigrants and of the psychological complexities of life in a minority group.

9. The decline of individuals participating in traditional religious organisations and its associated support from clergy. Simultaneously and for some time there has been an increase in individuals seeking mental health support from a range of alternative (to traditional) organisations and therapies.

10. The legalisation of same sex marriage and the issues that this can raise for the participants.

While the identification of many of the phenonema described above is long overdue it is seen as welcome and has now been used to inform the development of highly specific psycholgoical interventions and treatments

Mental Health

If you would like to discuss any particular mental health issue that you have please feel free to ring for an appointment.