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Do you know the difference

Psychological issues – defined

Stress is a common response to tough events or situations. Some stress is normal and stress itself is not anxiety or depression. However, severe and ongoing stress may be a risk factor if it persist. The type of anxiety experienced by people with an anxiety condition is more frequent or persistent, not always connected to an obvious challenge, and impacts on their quality of life and day-to-day functioning. Fear is a feeling induced by perceived danger or threat that occurs in certain types of situations. But often we fear situations that are far from life-or-death, and thus over react for no good reason. A phobia is similar to a fear with one key difference: the fear you experience is so strong that it interferes with your quality of life and or your ability to function.

Substance Abuse and Addictions Defined

Addiction is a condition in which a person engages in the use of a substance or in a behavior for which the rewarding effects provide a compelling incentive to repeatedly pursue the behavior despite detrimental consequences. Have you ever wondered “am I a food addict?” Some of the signs and symptoms of food addiction include: food craving, disturbed body image, binge eating, secret eating, shame and fear about food.

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The Team at Change Central

The Myth about Addiction


The CEO of The First Step Program in St Kilda wrote a powerful commentary on their Facebook page. We have reproduced it here as its a strong message about drug addiction, homelessness and child sexual abuse victims.

Read it here….

There was a really down-to-earth article in @theageaustralia by @jeweltopsfieldjournalist about the Gatwick Hotel in St Kilda, former ‘shit-hole’ and the object of this season of The Block (see link ).

When the average person contemplates addiction and homelessness, a question usually comes to mind, spoken or unspoken: “Why do people keep doing this to themselves?” And if you can’t answer that question to your own satisfaction, the unavoidable conclusion is that ‘these people’ are somehow inferior. These are harsh words, but we’ve witnessed this attitude time and time again in the popular press and from the mouths of regular citizens. When you see a homeless person, unkempt, panhandling, intoxicated, most people are going to have a viceral reaction not unlike disgust. Our natural empathic tendencies are short-circuited by the confronting visuals in front of us.

But, what if we instinctively saw, almost by magic, the child that preceded the adult. The homeless 7 year old, the children that we have heard so much about from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Hard-core addiction does not appear out of thin air; it is almost always the long-term and painful response to childhood trauma.

At what point do the victims of childhood sexual abuse no longer deserve society’s very best efforts to comfort, support and empower them? Is it when they leave school? Is it when they turn 18? Is it when they have children of their own?

Everyone in our community benefits when we help the most vulnerable. Just think of the frightened, wounded and helpless child next time you’re feeling a bit judgey (and go easy on yourself because we all need reminding sometimes). Patrick Lawrence (CEO) First Step