Noosa Confidential the only gut health focused mental health and addiction program in Australia Noosa Confidential is 100% Australian owned, private residential and non residential integrated health program.
We treat addictions, from sugar to pharmaceutical and recreational drugs. Eating disorders and depression and anxiety.
"My child brain couldn’t understand my unmet needs and would learn to cope by hiding in the silence laced with shame. I felt unloved and invisible. I walked on eggshells and kept to myself. I detached and withdrew, because that was the only way I could deal with my feelings of abandonment and neglect.
I lived this way until I moved away from home at 18. I thought I’d left it all behind, full of hope because I had escaped relatively unscathed.
I was wrong.
I would carry these coping mechanisms into my adult relationships. They started out euphoric but usually blew up in a spectacular fashion. I thought I was chasing the happiness I never had, but the truth is I wasn’t chasing anything—I was running for my life from the issues that plagued me since childhood—insecurity and low self-esteem, fear of abandonment, and the emptiness of isolation."
If this sounds familiar, you are not alone.
➡️ Click out linkinbio* to read and take comfort from "Breaking the Silence: 14 Traits of Adult Children of Alcoholics." This article is included in our Mental Health Month guide, and we hope the "conversation" there, through our favorite mental health-related articles, is of benefit.
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Are you the same person you were when you were a child? Try to remember life as you lived it years ago, on a typical day. Maybe you cared deeply about certain things (a girlfriend? Depeche Mode?) but were oblivious of others (your current political commitments? your children?). Certain key events—college? war? marriage?—hadn’t yet occurred. Does the self you remember feel like you, or like a stranger? People have strong, divergent opinions about the continuity of their own selves: some feel that they’ve altered profoundly through the years, while others carry a sense of connection with their younger selves. At the link in our bio, read about how much of our personality is set from childhood—and why what you’re like isn’t who you are. Illustration by .
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September is Su***de Prevention Month. I've been a Psychiatrist for 40 years, here's what I've learned about su***de, suicidal ideation and depression through our imaging work. (swipe for a brain scan of someone who was suicidal vs. healthy). Please share to your story to spread awareness to reduce stigma. Some of our scan main findings include:
Temporal Lobes: Brain SPECT imaging shows that people with suicidal thoughts and su***de attempts often have abnormalities in the left temporal lobe. In an Amen Clinics study, we saw left temporal lobe problems in 62% of our patients who had serious suicidal thoughts or behaviors.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): After reviewing over 200,000 functional brain scans related to behavior it is clear that head injuries are a leading cause of mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety and panic disorders, PTSD, ADD/ADHD, substance abuse, psychosis, borderline and antisocial personality disorders, dementia, aggression. Concussions and TBIs also increase the risk of su***de. When the brain has functional damage due to a head injury, it’s critical to heal the brain in order to overcome any mental health problems. At Amen Clinics, 40% of our patients have had a significant brain injury, but they often don’t remember it until they see their brain scan, which clearly shows TBI damage.
Prefrontal Cortex: A large-scale study by researchers at Portland State University found that about 22% of people who died by su***de were legally intoxicated at the time of their death. Brain scans show that alcohol lowers function in the prefrontal cortex, a brain region involved in impulse control, judgment, and decision-making.
Anterior Cingulate Gyrus: People with overactivity in this area of the brain tend to get stuck on negative thoughts, which is one of the traits we see in people with suicidal thoughts and behavior.
Absolutely brilliant and brave, eight years sober and yet still navigating the rollercoaster of lifetime mental health challenges. “Recovery” does not ever mean you are fixed and will never struggle again! Recovery means building self-awareness and surrounding yourself with support systems and accountability systems and this is a brilliant example of that. ￼
WE ARE PET FRIENDLY !!! In the last 13 years we have had many many support dogs, cats, two rats, birds… our staff often bring in their dogs for overnight supervision or day support shifts. Very often having your animal with you throughout the day and overnight is very soothing to the nervous system and makes going into a recovery program a lot less daunting. So many studies support this and the improved outcomes for people who have to care for an animal and have the love and support of an animal so if you have a pet/companion that you might like to bring into your program enquire with one of our friendly team and we will make it happen…
So lifting weights but also all help with this which in turn is part of recovery from mental health challenges and digestive challenges etc. all connected. Repost from
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Around one in seven Australian adults take antidepressants daily, but a review is calling their use into question.
The systematic review of 17 studies published in the scientific journal Molecular Psychiatry found no consistent evidence that depression is caused by lower levels of serotonin in the brain.
Dr Mark Horowitz, a clinical research fellow in psychiatry at University College London, and one of the review's authors, said the review calls into question the efficacy of antidepressants.
"The point from our review is that we can't say that antidepressants are treating the underlying cause of depression," he said.
Medications commonly prescribed in Australia for depression and anxiety are called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, and they manage the brain's levels of serotonin — a chemical that regulates anxiety, happiness and mood.
The evidence behind the efficacy of SSRIs in treating clinical depression is well documented and some experts have been quick to defend their use.
Professor Ian Hickie, an internationally renowned researcher in clinical psychiatry, said while this new research examines the cause of depression, it is irrelevant to how well these drugs work.
"It's been repeatedly shown that if you increase the concentration of serotonin or noradrenaline or dopamine, you observe an antidepressant effect," he said.
If you think about other common things we take like aspirin for inflammation or pain – it works. We don't assume people have an aspirin deficiency.
"The basis of the use of antidepressants that increased serotonin — along with other monoamines like noradrenaline and dopamine — was never based on the assumption that there was a deficiency of those
He said SSRIs certainly are effective but mental illness is "very, very complex" and requires a holistic approach in treating people.
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“If you can open a mouth you can open a mind…” taken from the BRILLIANT food/travel show and this is precisely why food not just as Medicine but to open the mind via tantalising the tastebuds. It opens up a world of other cultures, it connects us to local growers, farmers it reminds us to respect the animals and they’re byproducts were consuming which are nourishing us.
It also empowers each person to take ownership for nourishing and nurturing their body. It’s win win across the board.
And this is why we utilise early morning and last light to change circadian rhythms and improve sleep, reduce inflammation and improve mood. It’s measurable, it’s peer reviewed and it’s the way we should be addressing sustainable mental health.
What we do in a nutshell shared by our .psychologist
Where is the informed consent if we are not really talking about the risks associated with bariatric surgery?
Body autonomy is so important but informed consent is essential for someone to truly be able to consent to a risky and life changing surgery.
It’s so wonderful to see a psychiatrist explaining the NUAN and complexity of depression. 13 years ago when NC started this was a novel idea and we were criticised for unpacking the reality that depression is a complex presentation it is not a disease in the sense that there’s a pathogen and you get it and you take a tablet and get rid of it that is just completely in accurate. It is inflammation it is possibly exacerbated bye chemical and hormonal imbalances it can be linked to trauma it can be linked to chronic pain it can be situationally it can be a mixture of all of the above… And that is why we have been addressing it in this complex nuanced way for over a decade.
Depression is not just one thing. Let me explain.
Speaks for itself…
All wars begin in the minds of people.
The out-picturing of illness, division, and war are rooted in the thoughts and beliefs we carry about ourselves, others, and the world around us.
It is within the minds of our families where peace, empowerment, and health must be fostered.
Right now, there is a battle being waged on the frontlines for control of our attention. The multiple epidemics of poor health, divisiveness, and unhappiness are just symptoms of what’s happening behind the scenes.
We MUST take back control of our attention, our ability to think rationally, and our ability to recognize the goodness within ourselves and others.
On this brand new episode of The Model Health Show, double board-certified psychiatrist, physician, and 12-time New York Times bestselling author is with us sharing some game-changing insights about happiness, brain health, and so much more.
Check out the full episode right now through your favorite podcast app, YouTube, or at lnk.to/dr-daniel-amen-happiness 🧠
Noosa Confidential integrates both conventional medical components with holistic natural therapies, we offer optimal care with the best opportunity for healing and learning. Hosted in the beautiful Noosa shire all programmes help guests to identify and change the foundational beliefs and thinking that are causing unwanted behaviours. Be it depression, anxiety, addiction or general lack of well being, we assist our guests to become mentally and physically stronger.
We start with an educational approach, addressing what sits at the heart of all disease, stress and inflammation in the body. From here, we proceed with extensive cutting-edge pathology testing to see if there are contributing physical factors. We combine this with nutrition, detoxification, physical therapies, relaxation techniques and more traditional talk therapies to bring you back to peak mental and physical wellness. This is unlike any other programme in the country and is designed for people who are looking for a long term solution that really works.
Your programme length and structure starts with an initial phone consultation with an experienced and friendly team member and during that conversation, we will discuss how Noosa confidential can address your needs in a new way and what can be achieved in various time frames. If you wish to proceed, you will be asked to fill in a short questionnaire, so that your programme can be tailored to fit into your preferred schedule and to ensure your goals are achievable during your time working with us. We offer short term and long term programs and we cater for locals to the Sunshine Coast, who can attend our centre in Noosaville as well as those coming from interstate, who stay at our residences.
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