Depression, Bipolar & Grief Counselling Blog

I am Lee Hopkins. I am the only counselling service in the Adelaide Hills that specialises in working with the depressed, the bipolar and the grieving. I am a former military man, and I am here to help.

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  • personal journey
  • theory

Bipolar disorder t-shirt

During my recent internet travels I stumbled across a great site. Gabe Howard is a fellow bipolar disorder sufferer, and he’s created a line of products around a typographical design. I’ve ordered this t-shirt for myself. There’s other designs and products.

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Role of second-generation antipsychotic for maintenance therapy of Bipolar Disorder

The International Journal of Bipolar Disorders has published an article on the potential use of second-generation antipsychotics in place of the gold standard Lithium. Although the trials were low in quality and few in number, drugs such as aripiprazole, olanzapine, quetiapine, ziprasidone, and risperidone long-acting injection (RLAI) showed benefits compared …

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Creativity in Bipolar Disorder—are we all geniuses?

Actually, no. Sorry to burst a bubble. It’s a good myth – that Bipolar Disorder (BD) sufferers are creative types that can burn the midnight candle and produce work that changes the world. Unfortunately, too much clinical evidence exists that points out extreme mania in BD is actually counter-productive to …

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Bipolar disorder from the clinician’s perspective

I recently came across this great video by Dr Jeffrey Applebaum, a Family Medicine physician at UC Davis in the USA. He provides a cool, calm look at Bipolar Disorder and seems to ‘get it’. Well worth the watch.

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Effects of alcohol on Bipolar Disorder

An interesting article from out of the Netherlands on the effects or otherwise (there’s a clue) of alcohol on mood state, in particular looking to see if excessive drinking leads to excessive mood states. Previous research has shown a link between heavy drinking and onset of either depression (in women) …

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Bipolar Disorder counsellor – Adelaide

Ask someone suffering from mania, depression or exhaustion what they think their problem is and you could get three different answers: it’s the environment—stress from work or family life is creating problems for them; it’s psychological—they’re prone to over-commit or under-achieve; it’s biological—their brain is not functioning the way it …

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Grief counselling – Adelaide

I’m here to tell you that there can be hope and growth in the face of death and loss, that there are possibilities, not finalities. There are no right and wrong ways to deal with grief. Solution-focused brief therapy can be helpful in making sense of the experience people go …

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Depression counsellor – Adelaide

Depression can be a horrible thing to live through. You feel exhausted, unenthused, sadder than anything. You feel like sleeping all day, keeping anti-social hours. You withdraw from social contact and exist in a shell, keeping the world away from you. Depression can afflict many of us at various times …

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Grief and Loss and SFBT

  Research paper:Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Worden’s Grief Tasks Much has been written on Worden’s four-task approach to grief; much less has been written about how a strengths-based approach, such as Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), might be useful to counsellors working within Worden’s formulation. The average number of client sessions …

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The difference between a psychiatrist, a psychologist and a counsellor

A client asked me the other day what the difference was between a psychiatrist, psychologist and me, a counsellor. I answered that a psychiatrist is interested in the medical model and is the only one, apart from a GP, who can prescribe drugs. A psychologist works by seeing if you …

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